I’m looking for a book about… dance

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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.

  • 14 Responses

    1. bamauthor

      Here is my latest review of a dance book on Amazon….

      Dancing Daisy Goes To The Dentist: A Rhyming Bedtime Ballet Book (Dancing Daisy Bear)
      Dancing Daisy Goes To The Dentist: A Rhyming Bedtime Ballet Book (Dancing Daisy Bear)
      Price: $2.99

      5.0 out of 5 stars DANCING TO THE DENTIST, May 21, 2013

      Amazon Verified Purchase(What’s this?)
      This review is from: Dancing Daisy Goes To The Dentist: A Rhyming Bedtime Ballet Book (Dancing Daisy Bear) (Kindle Edition)
      Dancing Daisy is a delightful tale about a young bear wearing a pink tutu who loves to dance. Her mom is about to take Daisy to the dentist for the first time. At first Daisy is fearful but her mom takes her to the park to build sandcastles as a diversion. Mom tells Daisy that the dentist also loves ballet and that perhaps she can show her some of Daisy’s dance steps. The dentist visit comes off smoothly and everyone has a good time.
      This book will appeal to parents and teachers who want to introduce the dentist as a community helper and friend. Children who are interested in ballet are provided with a glossary of dance terms. This story is written in four line verse which flows well. The illustrations are simple and colorful. As an added bonus, parents may download a coloring book that complements the story.
      bamauthor recently posted..WEIRD AND WONDERFUL

    2. Katrina R

      Looking forward to seeing what books people suggest!! I’ve been interested in finding books about dance for my 4yr old son. Not so much pink frilly ballett books, but hopefully some books about dance from around the world, rhythm, movement, instruments, etc. 🙂 🙂

    3. Kerry Aradhya

      Hi, Zoe. I’m so excited that dance is your theme this month!! I have so many reviews that I could post so I will have to think of my favorites and get back to you soon. I’ll leave the general link to my blog — Picture Books & Pirouettes — here in case anyone is interested. All of my posts, including book reviews, are related in some way to children’s literature and dance!


      Can’t wait to see what books others recommend, too!
      Kerry Aradhya recently posted..Playground Day!

    4. Angela

      As well as Ballet Shoes, there’s Noel Streatfeild’s Ballet Shoes for Anna, The Painted Garden, Apple Bough and Dancing Shoes. Rumer Godden wrote amazing ballet books, including Thursday’s Children, reprinted by Virago and strictly for older readers, despite the cover. Adele Geras has a series of ballet books about Louisa, including Lessons for Louisa. And I’ve written two – My Ballerina Sister and My Ballerina Sister on Stage, published by Random House.

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