A beautiful story about eight little ballerinas who are perfectly in sync. Their formation is second nature- four rows of two- as they dance wherever they are going and whatever they are doing (even during homework!). When a new ballerina joins their group, their world is turned upside down. They lose their fluid synchronization until they discover a brand new formation that works. A rhyming ballerina book with delicate drawings of talented little dancers.
Kids' Ballerina Books Inspire Tiny Dancers
Little cherubs in tutus, sometimes barely out of diapers and just learning to walk, are some of the cutest ballerinas around. For the kids who still have a passion for dance after that very first ballet class, we can only hope that they may one day develop the poise, grace and discipline of accomplished ballerinas. In addition to reading children's ballet books, check out the best kids' gymnastics books in which stories about gymnasts will inspire readers as well.
Kids' books about ballerinas tell a variety of stories and experiences from the perspective of the dancers. Some are preschool ballet books for little tots just starting on their journey. Other ballerina books give readers insight into the hard work, challenges, failures and successes of dancers who have been working on their craft for years.
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A beautiful and intricately illustrated book about a mouse who is consumed with becoming a ballerina. In fact, Angelina can't seem to focus on anything other than dancing. When this fixation gets in the way of doing other things (like homework or joining her family for dinner), her parents need to come up with a creative solution. A delightful story that will seem familiar to anyone with a child who dances through life.
The first dance recital is right around the corner. A little ballerina is excited for her first performance, but there is still a lot to learn. She leads readers into her dance class to get a look at all the work and practice taking place. Ballerinas will appreciate this little girl's nervous excitement as she prepares for the big day.
An inspiring, non-fiction ballerina book about a little girl who dares to dream big. Sylvia Townsend discovered her passion for ballet in the 1950s when she was just seven years old. Unforunately, at that time there were no ballet schools willing to open their doors to a black girl. Refusing to let discrimination get in her way, Sylvia finds a way to dance. With the help of a local librarian, this bright, ambitious girl discovers a book ballet through the Bookmobile program, and soon she is on her way to perfecting her ballet skills.
A notable and best-selling book by Misty Copeland, a prima ballerina, based on her experiences as a young dancer. A little girl joins her very first dance class and decides to audition for the lead role in an upcoming production- Coppélia. Misty is a bundle of nerves and experiences self-doubt, but with the support of the other bunheads, she rises to the top. A beautiful story of friendship, courage, success....and ballet!
A remarkable story of perseverance against all odds. This historical biography is about Janet Collins, the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera. This non-fiction ballet story is set during the 1930s and 40s when segragation was rampant. Janet was a talented ballerina, but was turned away from ballet schools because of her skin color. She finally found a place that would accept her as a student, but only on the condition that she whiten her skin. She refused. Readers who love ballet will enjoy this story, but the message has historical significance that extends beyond dancing.
Nancy loves all things fancy, so ballet is just her cup of tea. Not only can she dress up in fancy tutus, but this form of dance is described with the anciest words- plié, pirouette, and jeté to name a few. This spunky girl is so excited by what she learned at dance class that she decides to hold a private lesson for her entire family. A frilly ballerina book for kids who are Fancy Nancy fans.
Debbie Allen penned this ballerina children's book based on her experience as a young dancer. Sassy has a big mouth that often gets her the wrong kind of attention. She also has big dreams of becoming a beautiful ballerina. Legs that are too long and feet that are too big may get in the way. But when a famous director stops by to observe her ballet class, Sassy shows off her skills and is hopeful that she can prove to him that she has what it takes.
Pearl is a darling preschooler who loves to attend classes at her mother's ballet school. She is not intimated by the older, bigger dancers and has mastered all of the ballet poses. But when the time comes for her to attend preschool without her mother, Pearl is feeling nervous. Her mother provides loving reassurance in this book about a little ballerina's separation anxiety.
Ballet is difficult to learn under the best of circumstances. For vampires like Vampirina, it is nearly impossible. Ballet schools all operate during the daytime. Mirrors are crucial for self-evaluation, but Vampirina's reflection does not appear. And then don't get started on the color pink, which most unflattering for vampires, even the ones who love ballet. Kids who are up for a spooky book will enjoy this unique portrayal of a vampire who just wants to dance.
Fancy Nancy and her best friend, Bree, are super excited about the upcoming production of a mermaid ballet. Nancy is vying for the lead, but another dancer wins the role of the mermaid. When she learns that she is cast as a tree, Fancy Nancy wonders how she can add something special to an otherwise boring role. A ballet picture book with a very valuable lesson.
Written by a professional ballerina, this book is more like a tutorial for children who are just getting started. This ballet school teaches readers about all the positions and terminology. It also provides great pointers for how to handle falls, how to get ready for ballet class, and how to keep your body health and strong. This ballet book is inclusive by showing kids of every ethnicity participating in class. A glossary in the back contains definitions of every ballet term your child will ever need to know.
Angelina is accustomed to having lead roles in all of her ballet performances. This time she is asked to step up as choreographer since Miss Lilly injured her ankle. Is Angelina up for the task? Children will learn a lot from Angelina's can-do attitude and willingness to step into a new role. The show must go on! A bonus page of stickers adds a touch of extra fun to this ballerina book for kids.
A loyal friend with a passion for trying new things, Zuri Ray is faced with a new challenge. Her best friend, Jessie, wants her to come along to a ballet camp. The idea of fastening her hair into a tight bun and wearing fancy tutus does not appeal to her at all. Since she doesn't want to disappoint her friend, Zuri decides that maybe she can just do ballet her own spunky way.
More than anything in the world, Tallulah loves ballet. But when she signs up for her class, she is disappointed to learn that the teach is not handing out tutus. This is a huge disappointment, so she quits! As much as she tries to forget all about ballet, Tallulah sees signs wherever she goes. Inanimate objects, like park benches (a barre!) and clocks (ronds de jambe), remind her of dance. She also thinks her pet hound stands in a perfect second position. Is the universe trying to tell her something? An entertaining book about ballet that has universal appeal for children who need a lesson on not always getting what they want.
Noelle isn't shy about expressing her love for ballet. She dances wherever she goes and looks forward to her ballet class every week. When her ballet teacher, Miss Maya, talks to the girls about their very first dance recital, Noelle is overcome with excitement! A lyrical tribute to little ballerinas just getting started on their dancing journey.
Peppa Pig's endearing, although somewhat bossy, personality shines in this book about ballet. Peppa is thrilled with the progress she makes on her very first day. When she decides to give her parents a lesson of their own, Peppa learns that they are not too shabby themselves. Peppa Pig fans will love the colorful poster that is included in this ballerina book.
An affirming book for all children, but especially for boys who love ballet. Written in rhyme, this picture book celebrates boys from every ethnicity as they pirouette, jeté, and plié across the pages. The message focuses on the strength, hard work, and intelligence required to be a successful dancer. As an added bonus, photos and interviews with male dancers are included in the back.
A stunning ballet picture book for children as well as adults. Dance positions are illustrated by graceful ballerinas against gorgeously landscaped backgrounds. Every letter of the alphabet is associated with ballet terms, famous dancers, masterpiece ballet productions, and other related topics. This picture book is truly a work of art that could be prominently displayed in a dancer's bedroom.
A charming little lift-the flap ballerina book featuring a teddy bear. Every single page reminds little readers that they are "tutu cute" and encourages them to dance for joy. Perfect reminder for little ones that they are loved.
An utterly silly, enjoyable ballet book for preschoolers who love their tutus. A rhyming story features super cute animals joining in an epic tutu dance party. If your toddler doesn't yet own a tutu, be prepared to buy one after reading this board book.
This may be just the perfect book to buy a young child in preparation for their very first ballet class. Vibrant photographs fill the pages, along with introductions to the poses and ballet terms. This adorable book is just right for preschoolers who will enjoy examining all the pictures of kids dressed up in frilly tutus.
A darling, colorfully illustrated easy chapter book for kids who love ballet! Millie has just signed up for her first class at Miss Luisa's School of Dance. Her excitement quickly fades when she finds that she can't even master the very first ballet pose. Millie's confidence takes a further hit when the mean girl, Amber, is not exactly welcoming. After class one day, Millie is thrilled to discover ballerina bunnies, for her eyes only, flitting across the dance floor. With their support and tutelage, maybe there is hope for Millie after all!
This whimsical story will fuel the imagination of children who love to play dress-up. A little girl was given some sage advice (never let a unicorn wear a tutu!) that she does not follow. What happens next is an exciting, magical adventure involving a lot of twirling, leaping, and an exciting chase. Brimming with twinkly cupcakes and shimmering tutus, this adorable ballet book will entertain every kid who loves to dance.
Grab a box of crayons and bring these adorable pictures of ballerinas to life! The whimsical drawings capture all the beauty of little ballerinas. Kids will love adding their own colorful touch and decorating their walls with their creations. Pair this book with a brand new tutu for the perfect first dance recital gift.
More than 15 pages of ballet stickers will keep your little dancer entertained for hours. The realistic images include glittery costumes, ballerinas in all the positions, and dancers performing graceful leaps in perfect form. Kids who love to create will enjoy including these stickers in their own pictures and crafts all about ballet.
A grandmother, who was once a prima ballerina, takes her granddaughter to see The Nutcracker. The two dance their way through New York City and enjoy watching the graceful dancers in their beautiful costumes. Throughout the day, the grandmother dispenses her wisdom about poise, etiquette and grace to the little girl who soaks in every detail. A magical book written by a former ballerina, Allegra Kent, and illustrated by Robin Preiss Glasser, best known for her Fancy Nancy book series.
An inspiring book about a heroine who refuses to let her size get in the way of her dreams. Brontorina may not have the talent or the petite, slender physique of a ballerina. But she does have boundless charm, energy and determination to help her achieve her goals. This darling story, simple enough for a preschooler to understand, offers a positive, affirming message for kids to pursue their passion no matter what obstacles they need to overcome.
Tucker refuses to let anyone stand in his way. Ballet is his passion, and no one will spoil it for him. Even though the football players, his sisters, and even his Uncle Frank tease him for dancing, Tucker doesn't let it get to him. Then one day Tucker has a chance to join a football game where everyone witnesses his skills on the field. A good book for boys who like ballet or any child who needs a lesson on self-acceptance.
A Caldecott Honor book about an unlikely friendship that develops between a little girl and a flamingo. This wordless picture book has interactive flaps to keep young children engaged in the story. The two characters engage in a series of ballet dance moves that progress from clumsy to graceful by the end of the story. A beautiful representation of an evolving friendship through dance.
An exquisite book that balances the beauty and rhythm of the sea with ballet as never seen before. As each wave retreats into the ocean, seahorses, crabs, and other aquatic creatures put on a magical show for all of those sitting in "the driftwood chairs". Watercolor illustrations in pastel tones capture the dreamlike performances of the seafaring dancers. French ballet terms are woven throughout the graceful, poetic text in this highly unusual, captivating book about ballet.
Bouncy, delicate rhymes fill the pages of this darling book about a ballerina who loves to dance. Miss Juju twirls through the door into her ballet class where she joins her ballet friends. Together they learn all the positions and practice their form. The airy illustrations portray rooms bathed in sunlight, creating an almost ethereal quality. Minimal text paired with enchanting pictures of little dancers will keep the attention of little readers.
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Kids' Books About Ballet Teach Valuable Life Lessons
Each of these ballet picture books gives children a snapshot of what life is like for dancers. Whether we are watching a professional production of Swan Lake or a young child's very first dance recital, it is hard to appreciate the hours of practice and planning that went into the production.
Ballerina stories highlight all of the hard work, the mishaps, the injuries, and the high-flying successes of dancers young and old. Reading about their journeys will teach kids values that they can apply to other areas in their lives- from the dance floor to the classroom and to wherever else their own paths take them.
Ballet Gifts for Kids
Add a special touch to a gift of ballet books with these adorable ballerina dolls. Here are some favorites that will bring joy to your little dancer.
Easy to wash, plush 13-inch ballerina girl comes with a darling gift box. Durable and easy to wash. Perfect first baby doll for toddlers.
Soft, plush 13-inch bear with weighted hands and feet ideal for posing. Adorable as a gift for a dance recital. Part of an award-winning plush bear collection.
Her name is Madeline. She is 19 inches tall and comes with an adorable drawstring bag for traveling. She's tough enough for playtime and pretty enough to decorate a bedroom.
A beautiful 18-inch life-like doll dressed in ballerina clothes. Comes with a dance bag and is compatible with American Girl Doll clothing and accessories.
A lovely 14- inch ballerina doll by Melissa and Doug with removable accessories and clothing. Her eyes open and close, and her hair is easily styled.
An 11-inch ballerina doll just right for babies. She is incredibly soft and durable. Pair this little dancer with a baby book about ballerinas for an adorable baby shower gift.
Pair this adorable ballerina with a Fancy Nancy book for a wonderful gift to your favorite dancer. This 10-inch doll comes with removal accessories, like a tutu and leg warmers. Kids can push little buttons on her legs and arms so Fancy Nancy can move just like a ballerina.
Beautiful Children's Books About Ballet
Ballet History and Trivia
Ballet is an exquisite, timeless art form that talented ballerinas perform with poise and grace. Their entire bodies are engaged in a flow of movement that is mesmerizing to watch. Undoubtedly, every single one of these dancers has endured pain, setbacks, and endless hours in the studio rehearsing to perform their craft.
Audiences get to experience polished performances on stage, but are not privy to the exhausting hours and sacrifice that went into the practices. Here are some incredible facts about ballet to think about next time you head out to the theatre.
Rosin is Used to Prevent Slipping
Tutus Worn by Professional Ballerinas are Costly
A single tutu can carry a price tag up to $2000. The expense is attributed to the labor-intensive process of making them. Some tutus take four days to produce and almost 300 feet of material. Ballerinas have been known to use 150 tutus over the course of their career. Due to the intricate design of their tutus, they cannot be washed in between performances. Ballerinas hang up their tutus and spray them with a freshener instead.
Pointe Shoes Require Lots of Effort to be Broken In
Ballerinas often use the same shoemaker to construct each of their pointe shoes so that every pair is exactly the same. But the work doesn't end there. Once a new pair of shoes is made, the ballerina goes through a process to break them in before they can be worn. This involves shaving the sole with a razor, and smacking the pointe shoes on the floor or squeezing them in a door to soften them up. Professional ballerinas are known to burn through three pairs of pointe shoes every week! And principal dancers often need more than one pair to get through a performance.
Ballerinas Train for Extremely Long Hours
Preparing for a professional ballet performance can take an astounding 5000 hours of practice. The ballerinas likely have trained in excess of 20 hours per week for over ten years.
Most Prestigious Ballet Companies