Non-fiction picture books
* Ancona, George. Dancing Is. New York: E.P. Dutton Publishing Co.,
This book explores dance in many different cultures and the
dance to other kinds of movement.
* Barbosa, Steven. I Feel Like Dancing. Photography by Carolyn
d'Amboise. New York: Crown Publishers, 1992. Every year, with the
the National Dance Institute, 700 New York City Public School
perform a full-length dance production. This book follows the
the auditions in the fall to the performance in the spring.
* Brighton, Catherine. Nijinsky: Scenes from the Childhood of a
Dancer. New York: Doubleday, 1989. This book tells the story of the
ballet dancer's impoverished childhood in Imperial Russia, his
join the Imperial Ballet school, and his debut performance in front
* Cosi, Lilliana. The Young Ballet Dancer. New York: Stein and Day,
This book contains photographs and explanations of the five ballet
positions, turns, and jumps.
* Davis, Jesse. Classics of The Royal Ballet. New York: Coward,
Geoghegan, Inc., 1978. A photo essay of The Royal Ballet performing
the most famous ballets in its repertory: The Nutcracker, Swan
Fille mal gardée, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, and Sleeping Beauty.
photographs are accompanied by the plot of each tale, as well as
facts about the ballets and information on the dancers.
* Duvall, Jill D. Meet Rory Hohenstein: A Professional Dancer.
by Lili Duvall. New York: Children's Press, 1997. This book
life of a teenage boy, Rory, who is training to become a
* Hlibok, Bruce. Silent Dancer. Photographs by Liz Glasgow. New
Jullian Messler Publisher, 1981. This is the story of Nancy, a deaf
grade student, and her ballet classes at the Joffrey Ballet School
Glover, Savion & Bruce Weber. Savion! My Life in Tap. Morrow,
Co., 2000. This photoessay examines the life of Savion Glover, a
dancer who speaks with his feet and choreographed the Tony
Broadway show "Bring in da Noise, Bring in da Funk".
* Gregory, Cynthia. Cynthia Gregory Dances Swan Lake. Photographs
Swope. New York: Simon and Shuster Books for Young Readers, 1990.
ballet dancer Cynthia Gregory takes the reader through rehearsals
performance of Swan Lake.
* Grau, Andree. Dance. Photographs by Sussanah Price. Eyewitness
1998. This book explores dance around the world.
* Isadora, Rachel. Isadora Dances. New York: Penguin Putnam Inc.,
book tells the story of Agela Dora (Isadora) Duncan, a breakthrough
in modern dance. The story is told with quotes from Isadora
autobiography, My Life, and lush illustrations. The book outlines
Duncan's life and introduces its reader to modern dance.
* Jessel, Camilla. Life at The Royal Ballet School. New York:
This book outlines what it is like to be a student at one of the
most famous pre-professional ballet schools.
* Jones, Bill T. Dance. Photographs by Susan Kuklin. [Publication
1998. Well-known African-American dancer Bill T. Jones shares his
funky movement style through photographs and text.
* Krementz, Jill. A Very Young Dancer. New York: Alfred Knopf,
1977. In this
book we meet ten-year-old Stephanie, a student at the School of
Ballet in New York. She speaks frankly about her rehearsals,
her experience performing in The Nutcracker.
* Kuklin, Susan. Going to My Ballet Class. New York: Bradbury
This photo journalistic book follows seven-year-old Jami through
* Martin, John Harding. A Day in the Life of a Ballet Dancer.
1985. Heather, a professional dancer with the New York City Ballet,
the reader through a day in her life including ballet class,
fittings, warm up, and performance.
* Pinkey, Andrea Davis. Alvin Ailey. Illustrated by Brian Pickney.
Hyperion Books for Children, 1995. This biography of Alvin Ailey
his childhood years in rural Texas. It includes his dance training
Angeles and his move to New York City, where he founded the Alvin
* Schomp, Virginia. If You Were a Ballet Dancer. Photographs by
Cavendish. Publication info? 1997. This book provides an
introduction to a
career in ballet. It outlines a professional dancer's day, and
discusses several different ballet styles, costumes, and ballet
* Simon, Charnon. Evelyn Cisneros: Prima Ballerina. Chicago:
Press, 1990. This book tells the story of the childhood and
Evelyn Cisneros, a prominent Hispanic ballerina.
* Sorine, Stephanie Riva. At Every Turn It's Ballet. Photographs by
S. Sorine. New York: Random House, 1979. This book talks about the
relationship between ballet movement and movements used in everyday
* Sorine, Stephanie Riva. Our Ballet Class. Photographs by Daniel
New York: Random House Inc., 1981. Cordelia guides the reader
ballet class. The book describes ballet exercises and rehearsal.
Spatt, Leslie E. Behind the Scenes at the Ballet: Rehearsing and
Sleeping Beauty. [Publication info??], 1997. This photoessay
behind-the-scenes production of a ballet includes sections on
costumes, lighting, the orchestra, and scenery.
* Thomas, Annabelle. Ballet and Dance. London: Usborne Publishing,
guide to the history, style, and basics of different forms of dance
including jazz, modern, ballet, and tap. This book also introduces
to the various people involved in creating and staging a dance
* Tobias, Tobi. Maria Tallchief, New York: Thomas Y. Cromwell
A photo biography of famous Native-American ballerina Maria
Varriale, Jim and Eliot Feld. Kids Dance: The Students of Ballet
[publication info?] 1999. A photojournalistic book about America's
"public" ballet school. Each year 30,000 students from public
over New York City audition for admission to Ballet Tech. One
receive free ballet training. This book includes quotes and insight
dancing from Ballet Tech students.
*Zeck, Gerry. I Love to Dance: a True Story About Tony Jones.
Carolrhoda Books, Inc., 1982. Tony Jones is a ten-year-old dancer
Minnesota Dance Theater in Minneapolis. Tony talks about his
auditions, performances, his aspirations, and how he handles
Non-fiction Chapter Books
* Butler, Joan. Ballet for Boys and Girls. Englewood Cliffs, NJ:
Hall Inc. 1979. This book discusses ballet techniques, dancers,
companies, costumes, and the stories of famous ballets.
* Bussell, Darcy. The Young Dancer. New York: Dorling Kindersley
Inc., 1994. This book contains information on elements of ballet
stretching, strengthening, barre work, make up, and ballet shoes.
Edom, Helen and Nicola Katrak. Starting Ballet. London: Usborne,
book teaches students beginning positions of the arms and legs as
stretching, pointing, and jumping techniques.
* Haskins, James. Black Dance in America, a History Through Its
York: Thomas Y. Crowell Junior Books, 1990. A detailed book about
African-American dance culture, including some of the greatest
dance companies. Covers dance forms from the ritual slave dances to
* Maze/O'Neil, Grace. I Want to Be a Dancer. New York: Harcourt
Brace & Co.,
1997. This book contains facts and descriptions on a wide variety
forms including modern, jazz, tap, ballet, ballroom, and folk.
* Werner, Vivian. Ballet: How it All Began. New York: Athenaeum,
book follows the history of ballet from its beginnings in
France and Italy to the present day.
Fiction - Picture Books
* Auch, Mary Jane. Hen Lake. New York: Holiday House, Inc., 1995.
conceited peacock named Percival arrives at the farm, everyone
of his bragging. Poulette decides to put Percival in his place by
challenging him to a dancing contest.
Auch, Mary Jane. Peeping Beauty. New York: Holiday House, Inc.,
Poulette the hen discovers that she loves to dance. Through hard
perseverance she strives to become a ballerina.
* Berger, Gilda. Magic Slippers: Stories from the Ballet. New York:
Doubleday, 1990. This book contains retellings of the stories from
ballets such as La Sylphide, Giselle, and Petrouchka.
Bottner, Barbara. Dumb Old Casey is a Fat Tree. San Francisco:
Row Publishers, 1979. Casey dreams of starring in her ballet class
Instead she ends up with a minor part as a tree. In the end, Casey
that there is a reward for hard work.
* Cleaver, Elizabeth. Petrouchka. New York: Athenaeum, 1980. This
of the ballet Petrouchka includes notes on how the ballet was
information about the story's history and characters.
* Diamond, Donna. Swan Lake. New York: Holiday House, 1980. This
retells the story of the ballet Swan Lake. The introduction
includes a brief
history of the story.
* Edwards, Pamela Duncan. Honk! Illustrated by Henry Cole. New
Hyperion Books for Children, 1998. Mimi the swan loves to dance and
attend ballet performances. When she sees Swan Lake, Mimi decides
to dance onstage has come.
Elliot, Donald. Frogs and the Ballet. Illustrated by Clinton
Ipswich, MA: Gambit, 1979. A humorous book outlining the basic
positions with pencil-drawn frogs.
* Eversole, Roby Harbert. The Magic House. Paintings by Peter
York: Orchard Books, 1992. This story about two sisters highlights
importance of imagination in dance.
* Fonteyn, Margot. Coppelia. Illustrated by Leo Coppelia. Delibes,
This book contains a retelling of the famous ballet about a doll
his attempt to bring his creations to life.
* Fonteyn, Margot. Swan Lake. Illustrated by Trina Schart Hyman.
Harcourt Brace, Jovanouch, 1989. A retelling of the famous ballet
wicked sorcerer, an enchanted swan, a prince, and the power of true
* Gauch, Patricia Lee. Bravo, Tanya. Illustrated by Stomi Khikawa.
Philomel Books, 1992. Tanya must discover a way to learn in ballet
while dancing to her own beat.
* Gauch, Patricia Lee. Tanya and the Magic Wardrobe. Illustrated by
Khikawa. New York: Philomel Books, 1997. When Tanya goes to a
performance with her mom and sister, she meets a woman who works in
costume shop. Through the costumes, Tanya learns the story of the
* Gauch, Patricia Lee. Tanya and Emily in a Dance for Two.
Stomi Khikawa. New York: Philomel Books, 1994. When Tanya, the
wiggliest member of her ballet class, meets a talented newcomer,
learn something important about dancing and friendship.
* Geras, Adel. Little Swan. Random House, 1999. Seven-year-old
delighted when she is asked to play the role of the Little Swan in
Gray, Libba Moore. My Momma Had a Dancing Heart. Illustrated by
New York: Orchard Books, 1995. An adult ballerina is inspired by
she and her mother created when she was a young girl.
* Hautzic, Deborah. The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet. Illustrated
Goode. New York: Random House, Inc., 1983. This book tells the
story of the
classic ballet The Nutcracker with colorful pictures.
* Horosko, Marian. Sleeping Beauty: the Ballet Story. Illustrated
Dong. Antheneum, 1994. This book contains a scene-by-scene
the plot of Sleeping Beauty.
* Isadora, Rachel. Lily at Ballet. New York: G. P. Putnam's Sons,
This book outlines the structure of a ballet class.
* Isadora, Rachel. Lily Backstage. New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons,
book takes the reader backstage at a ballet production.
* Isadora, Rachel. Max, New York,: MacMillian Publishing Co., 1978.
loves to play baseball. One day while walking his sister to dancing
he learns a new way to warm up for his Saturday afternoon games.
* Isadora, Rachel. My Ballet Class. New York: Greenwillow Books,
young dancer describes a day in her ballet class. This book
illustrations of basic ballet movements and an introduction to
* Lee, Sandra. Silent Lotus. A young girl who can not speak learns
communicate through classical Indian dance.
* Marshall, James. Swine Lake. Illustrated by Maurice Sendak, New
Harper Collins Publishers, 1999. A wolf in search of dinner attends
production of "Swine Lake". He becomes so engrossed in the ballet
forgets he is hungry. His new-found enthusiasm for ballet leads to
* Medearis, Angela. Dancing with the Indians. Illustrated by Samuel
Holiday House, 1991. This book tells the story of an
family's visit to a Sioux Pow Wow.
McKissack, Patricia. C. Mirandy and Brother Wind. Illustrated by
Pinkey. Knoff, 1988. Mirandy is desperate is catch the wind and win
junior cakewalk dance competition. In the process she learns some
lessons about dancing and friendship.
McMullan, Kate. Nutcracker Noel, Illustrated by Jim McMullan.
Publishers, 1993. Noel uses her imagination, creativity, and sense
to turn a small part in The Nutcracker into her own starring role.
* Pulver, Robin. Alicia's Tutu. Paintings by Mark Graham, New York:
Books, 1997. Alicia is positive she needs a shiny tutu in order to
She learns that dancing comes from inside,and that what you wear
important as who you are.
* Rosenberg, Jane. Dance Me a Story. New York: Thames and Hudson
This book retells the stories from 12 classic ballets including
Romeo and Juliet, and Coppelia.
* Shortt, Tim. The Babe Ruth Ballet School. [publication info?]
humorous book chronicles the adventures of the baseball legend and
friend, nine-year-old Izzy. When Izzy decides to retire from
concentrate on her dancing, ballet and Yankee Stadium collide.
Tadjo, Veronique. Lord of the Dance: An African Retelling. Harper
Children's Books, 1989. This collection of creatively illustrated
uses dance to tell the story of the mask celebration of the Senufo
* Vladimir, Vagin. The Nutcracker Ballet. Scholastic, 1995. A
the classic ballet The Nutcracker.
Verdy, Violette. Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers: Ballet
for Children. Illustrated by Marcia Brown. New York: Scholastic
This book retells the stories of several classic ballets including
Firebird, Swan Lake, The Nutcracker, Giselle, and Sleeping Beauty.
story begins with information about the story's origins and the
the ballet version.
Wallace, Ian. Chin Chang and the Dragon's Dance. New York:
Chin Chang fears he is too clumsy to perform the dragon's dance
grandfather for the New Year's celebration. Chin finds a special
practice with, and together they learn that dance is possible if
FICTION - Chapter Books
* Asher, Sandy. Just Like Jenny. New York: Delacourt Press, 1982.
struggles with ballet steps that come easily to her talented friend
Gradually competition and jealousy begin to break apart their
the end each girl must decide for herself what she values.
* Bottner, Barbara. Bootsie Barker Ballerina. An I Can Read Book,
When bully Bootsie Barker decides to enroll in ballet class, it is
Bernie and Lisa to outwit Bootsie and save the class.
* Carter, Abby. Baseball Ballerina. Illustrations by Kathryn
Random House Step Into Reading, 1992. A young girl who loves
afraid her friends will find out that she also takes ballet
* Charbonnet, Gabrielle. Tutu Much Ballet. Illustrated by Abby
York: Henry Holt and Co., 1997. Charlotte is excited to begin
lessons with her friends. Charlotte's mom has other plans and signs
Charlotte up for ballet.
* Cohen, Miriam. Born to Dance Samba. Illustrated by Gioia
York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1984. Maria Antonia lives and
in a small village in Brazil. Maria is sure this is the year that
be Queen of the Samba at Carnival. When a new rival arrives in town
finds her dream threatened.
* Crayder, Dorothy. The Joker and the Swan. Drawings by Elise
York: Harper and Row Publishers, 1981. Zoe is an 11-year-old
dancer. After her dance teacher takes her and her rival Tavia to
famous dancer, Anna Pavlova, Tavia is touched with magic and Zoe is
in class. Zoe finds herself consumed by jealously and must find out
over come it.
* Giff, Patricia Reilly. Dance with Rosie. New York: Penguin Books
1996. When eight-year-old Rosie misses the sign up deadline for
class, she looks through an alley window and learns to dance with
* Giff, Patricia Reilly. A Glass Slipper for Rosie. New York:
Inc., 1997. Rosie plans a ballet for her class as a surprise for
Grandpa. When her Grandpa has to leave on a trip, Rosie must learn
deal with disappointment.
* Giff, Patricia Reilly. Rosie's Nutcracker Dreams. New York:
Inc., 1996. Rosie is kicked out of ballet when she hits her rival,
Stephanie, for getting the part Rosie wanted. Rosie learns that it
more than good dancing to be a star.
* Giff, Patricia Reilly. Not-So Perfect Rosie. New York: Penguin
1997. When Rosie's cousin comes to visit, Rosie learns that you
always be perfect.
* Giff, Patricia Reilly. Starring Rosie. New York: Penguin Books
Rosie's ballet class is performing the ballet, Sleeping Beauty, and
find a prince. In charge of the props and the prince, Rosie finds
starring in a way she hadn't quite expected.
* Giff, Patricia Reilly. Rosie's Big City Ballet. New York: Penguin
Inc., 1998. An artistic director comes to Lynnfield to observe
class and choose one student for her adult ballet. Rosie has her
on the part, but doesn't realize that she may get an even better
* Godden, Rumer. Listen to the Nightingale. New York: Penguin Books
1992. Lottie, a promising dancer, has been accepted to the
Queen's Chase School. Ballet is her first love, and then she meets
Prince is a lovable dog who teaches Lottie a lesson about balancing
* Landis, James David. The Sisters Impossible. New York: Knopf,
Lily begins to study ballet her haughty older sister is horrified
to have a
tag-along. Gradually the sisters learn to get along.
Leggat, Bonnie-Alise. Punt, Pass and Point. 1992. When Amy, the
star of the
football team, breaks her arm, her parents insist she give up
take up ballet instead.
McLauren, Clememnce. Dance for the Land. 1999. When Kate's family
back to Hawaii so that her father can fight for natives' rights,
resentful. Her classmates and family tease and ignore her. To top
it off she
misses her ballet classes. When Kate has the chance to learn the
rediscovers her love of dance and begins to understand the
importance of her
* Robinson, Nancy. Ballet Magic. Illustrated by Karen Loccisano.
Albert Whitman and Co., 1981. Stacey is struggling with the effects
growth spurt in ballet class. Through her classes and a performance
Nutcracker, Stacey learns that attitude is the most important
dance, and to be tall can also mean to be graceful.
Simon, Marcia L. A Special Gift. New York: Harcourt Brace and
date?. Peter loves to dance and play basketball. Afraid that his
will tease him, Peter keeps his ballet classes a secret. When he
role in The Nutcracker, Peter realizes he will have to come to
his double life.
* Streatfeild, Noel. Ballet Shoes. Illustrated by Diane Goode. New
Random House Inc., 1937. Three young orphans study ballet with the
a wealthy benefactor. Through their experiences, they learn about
and decide if dancing is right for them.
* Swift, Carolyn. The Little Swans Fly East. Illustrated by Carol
Guernsy Ireland: The Guernsey Press Ltd., 1995. Bernie and six
dancers set out from their homes in Ireland to train in a Russian
* Tamar, Erika. Alphabet City. New York: Harper Collins Publishers,
Marisol, a girl from Puerto Rico, is living a dream when she wins a
scholarship to dancing school. Everything changes when violence
in her neighborhood. Marisol is faced with some hard decisions when
family is threatened.
Wolff, Ferida. Pink Slippers, Bar Mitzvah Blues. 1995. Now that her
Mitzvah is over, a young dancer can concentrate on what she loves
best,ballet. However, when a friend becomes seriously ill, the
must make some tough decisions.
* Yep, Laurence. Amah. [publication info??] Amy begins to feel like
wicked stepsister she is playing in her ballet studio's production
Cinderella when her widowed mother takes a job as a nanny. This
explores intergenerational and intercultural conflict in a
* Yep, Laurence. Ribbons. New York: GP Putnam's Sons, 1992. Robin
ballet more than anything but never has a chance to express it
since no one
will listen. Her family is concentrating on bringing her
China to America. Robin resents her cold grandmother until she gets
her and learns that she has more in common with her grandma than