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Friday, 29 April 2016

My List of Picture Books featuring Ballet and Dance for Young Children. Happy International Dance Day!

Ballet and Dance in Picture Books

My choice of picture books for young children featuring ballet and dance. Including storybooks and activity books. Happy International Dance Day!!

TIGER IN A TUTU BY FABI SANTIAGO
PICTURE BOOK 3+

A striking picture book about a tiger who aspires to be a ballet dancer in Paris. Against all the odds he follows his dream and with a little help from his new friend finally performs in a proper theatre. The bold limited palette really captures the French capital and the twilight world of theatre life. Enchanting and inspiring with the lovely sentiment that nothing is impossible this is the perfect present for little dancers everywhere.
ISBN: 9781408336885 HB Orchard Books £11.99
5/5 Stars

Ella Bella Series by James Mayhew



Stories of a little student ballerina being whisked away into the words of Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Cinderella and the Nutcracker (isbn below). Beautiful illustrations and a real delight.
Orchard ISBN-: 978-1408314081

Ps. James has a great blog to check out
James Mayhew Blog






Dogs Don't Do Ballet by Anna Kemp


Funny and heart warming story of a Dog who Dreams of Being a Ballerina
Simon and Schuster ISBN: 978-1847384744

Tutu Tilly Series by Adele Geras

Tilly's adventures as a ballerina including My Ballet Dream and Little Ballet Star and The Ballet Class(isbn below)
Orchard ISBN: 978-1843624134


Angelina Ballerina Series by Katherine Holabird


A Series of adventures of a little mouse who is a ballerina. Picture Books
Puffin ISBN- 978-0723271666


Fairy Pop-Up Ballet Tree

A beautiful 3D pop-up tree with movable pieces, press-out fairies and decorations, fun fairy facts and a novelty pocket
Macmillan ISBN 978-0230760301


How to Draw Princesses and Ballerinas by Fiona Watt 5+


Aspiring artists can choose from gorgeous projects including a Sugar Plum Fairy, a Fairytale castle and a Princess Sleepover. With simple step-by-step instructions, children will be able to produce satisfying results time and time again.
Usborne ISBN 978-1409566366


Ballerinas, Usborne Sticker Fashion by Leonie Pratt 5+


Dress the ballerinas up in different costumes with 400 stickers provided
Usborne ISBN 978-0746076583

Ballet and Dance in Children's Fiction 7+

Company of Swans by Eva Ibbotson

A historical romance in which one Harriet Morton comes to life only when she attends her weekly ballet class in 1912. She finds her fortune as a dancer, but all the time she is followed by her father and by the man intent on becoming her husband. A great read for Ibbotson fans and a modern day classic!
Picador ISBN- 978-0230014848
Children 9+



Ballet Shoes Noel Streatfield

The story of three sisters going to stage school, the youngest being an inspiring dancer. A Classic.
Puffin ISBN- 978-0141334424
Children 9+




Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield

When their mother dies, leaving them orphaned, Rachel and Hilary are sent to live with their aunt, who runs a troupe of dancing girls -'Mrs Wintle's Little Wonders'. Hilary, a talented dancer, settles there immediately and loves the chance to dance every day. Rachel finds it more difficult to fit in. She's also got another worry on her mind. Her mother's dying wish was for Hilary to attend the Royal Ballet School. But Hilary seems to have other ideas! Another classic
Hodder ISBN- 978-0340626634
Children 9+

Magic Ballerina Series by Darcey Bussell

A delightful series of stories about different little ballerina's on various adventures. The first one is called Delphie and the Magic Ballet Slippers.
Harper Collins ISBN- 978-0007286072
Children 7+