Welcome to “I’m looking for a book about….”, the topic-themed monthly carnival of children’s literature.
Every month I encourage anyone who likes to review books for children (of any age) to leave links to their reviews of books that match the given month’s theme. The idea is that over time, this carnival will become a resource for parents, teachers, carers, librarians looking for books by subject.
Old reviews, new reviews, and reviews for any age are welcome. You may also submit multiple reviews, as long as they are all relevant to this month’s theme.
This month’s theme is…
A great place to start is Kerry’s blog which is dedicated to all things that bring together picture books and dance: Picture Books and Pirouettes.
Flora the Flamingo by Molly Idle is a wordless picture book about dance and a flamingo. It’s incredibly pink, aand very funny. Here’s my review of it.
The Nutcracker ballet, and the original Nutcracker story (which differs a little from the version used in most ballets) has been the inspiration for several lovely children’s books. I’ve a round up of some of them here.
Bamauthor shares her review of Dancing Daisy Goes To The Dentist: A Rhyming Bedtime Ballet Book in the comments below.
Sherry Early, who writes at the Semicolon blog, shares a review of Princess of the Midnight Ball by Jessica Day George, a retelling of Grimm’s story The Twelve Dancing Princesses.
Also over on the Semicolon blog is a post about Marie, Dancing – Carolyn Meyer’s historical fiction novel about the life of the model for a Degas sculpture, a dancer named Marie van Goethem.
Amy recommends Max by Rachel Isadora, about a baseball-playing boy who accompanies his sister to her dance classes and ends up dancing and loving it!
Ali at Fantastic Reads has two dancing school books to share with us, one 75 years older than the other! Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes and Lyn Gardner’s Olivia’s First Term both feature in Ali’s post.
Read It Daddy! chimes in today with Rumbelow’s Dance written by John Yeoman, illustrated by Quentin Blake, “a busy, fizzing whizz-bang of a book“.
The Twelve Dancing Princesses by Rachel Isadora is the recommendation from Babbleabout, a version of the Grimm’s fairytale which evokes the colours, shapes and patterns of Africa.