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Suggested Reading List for the Child Who Loves Dance.

This list contains dance books for a variety of ages.  If your child is a dancer they should be able to find something on this list that they love.

Angelina Ballerina is a series of books written by author Katharine Holabird and Illustrator Helen Craig.  Angelina is a "mouseling" who loves ballet more than anything.  These picture books are recommended for children 3 to 6.  Some of the books in the Angelina Ballerina Series are:

Angelina and the Princess
Katharine Holabird
Picture book
Ages 3 to 6
Angelina hopes to be a prima ballerina in the ballet performance for the Princess of Mouseland.  However, when she is only given a minor role Angelina is upset and wants to leave the ballet school. Her mother convinces her that she should work hard for the sake of all her friends in the performance.  Her hard works pays off when she actually gets to meet the Princess of Mouseland on the day of the performance.

Angelina at the Palace
Katharine Holabird
Picture book
Ages 3 to 6
Angelina has been invited to dance at the Royal Palace in Mouseland.

Angelina Ballerina
Katharine Holabird
Picture book
Ages 3 to 6
Tells the story of a little mouse named Angelina who becomes a famous ballerina.

Angelina on Stage
Katharine Holabird
Picture book
Ages 3 to 6
Angelina is extremely excited at having a role in a grown-up musical but it turns to jealousy when her Cousin Henry gets most of the attention.

Angelina's Ballet Class
Katharine Holabird
Picture book
Ages 3 to 6
A flip book that allows Angelina to dance  through the pages doing stretches, and steps in ballet class.

Angelina's Diary #01 Best Sleepover Ever!
Katharine Holabird
Picture book
Angelina stays up too late at a sleepover with her friends and has a big audition the next morning.

Angelina's Diary #02 Party for the Princess
Katharine Holabird
Ages 6 to 8
The Queen of Mouseland is throwing a big party for Princess Sophie's birthday, and Angelina is invited.

Angelina's Diary #03 Very Special Secret
Katharine Holabird
Ages 6 to 8
Princess Sophie is coming to Chipping Cheddar. and she'll stay in Angelina's room and dance in Miss Lilly's class. But Angelina feels left out when Alice and Princess Sophie get the lead roles. .

Angelina's Diary #04 Bridesmaid Ballet
Katharine Holabird
Ages 6 to 8
Serena Silvertail, the famous ballerina, is getting married and Angelina and Alice are bridesmaids. The bride has a bad case of jitters and needs more rehearsal time. Will wedding bells be ringing?

Dancing in the Wings
Debbie Illen.
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival despite the other girls’ taunts that she is much too tall.

Degas and the Little Dancer
Laurence Anholt
In order to make money for her ill father, Marie van Goethen, an aspiring ballerina, models for Edgar Degas. The young girl becomes a famous ballerina but not in the way she imagined. 

Ballet school: Learn How to Dance with Central School of Ballet
Naia Bray-Moffat
An introduction to the world of classical ballet for the under-eight reader.

Becoming a Ballerina
Nancy Ellison & Susan Jaffe
This book follows a promising young dancer, from doing her hair and learning how to wear pointe shoes to teaching some basics to an even younger dancer.

Dancing Princess. [Ballerina Dreams]
Ann Bryant
Poppy is one of the youngest in Miss Coralie's class, and she's always worrying that she's not as good as the rest

Dancing Shoes: Lessons for Lucy
Antonia Barber
Lou wants to take ballet lessons, but her mum can't afford to send her to the local ballet school.

Dancing With The Stars. [Ballerina Dreams no. 5.]
Ann Bryant
Miss Coralie thinks that Jasmine is good enough to audition for the Royal Ballet School.

Dream Dancer
Jill Newsome & Claudio Munoz
Lily loves to dance so much that she dances all the time. In fact she even dances in her dreams.

First lessons in Ballet
L
ise Friedman
This book is an introduction to ballet for young readers and it is illustrated with wonderful photographs.

I Am A Dancer
Jane Feldman
The story in photographs of a young aspiring ballerina.

Dancing in the Wings.
Debbie Allen
Picture Book
Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival despite the other girl's teasing that she is much too tall.

Bravo, Tanya
Patricia Lee Gauch
Picture book
Tanya who struggles and stumbles in her ballet class learns to dance on her own.

Tanya and the Magic Wardrobe
Patricia Lee Gauch
When Tanya’s mother brings her to see “Coppelia”, she meets someone who loves ballet as much as she does

Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring.
Juanita Havill
Brianna and Jamaica overcome minor disasters to present a dance recital.

Lili Backstage
Rachel Isadora
The backstage of a ballet theater becomes a great place for Lili to explore.

Lili at Ballet
Rachel Isadora
Lili attends dance class four afternoons a week and dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Ballerina!
Peter Sis
A little girl's imagination flies when she puts on costumes of different colors and pretends she is dancing on stage.

Ballerina
Barbara Bottner
Early reading chapter book
Bernie and Lisa get even with Bootsie Barker, who is terrorizing their ballet class

Baseball Ballerina
Kathryn Cristaldi
Early reading chapter book
When her mother forces a baseball-loving girl to take a ballet class she worries about her reputation.

Nina, Nina, Star Ballerina
Jane O'Connor
Early reading chapter book
Nina's friends misunderstand her when she tells them that she will be a star in the ballet recital.

Ballet Slippers Series.
Patricia Reilly Giff
Chapter Bookl
Rosie, an aspiring dancer, learns the ups and downs of life and ballet.

Dancer.
Lorri Hewett
Chapter Book
Stephanie a sixteen year-old ballet student struggles with dance, a new male dancer, conflicts at school and her parents views.

Alphabet City Ballet
Erika Tamar
Chapter Book
Ten-year-old Marisol realizes that pursuing her love for ballet may expose her brother to danger

The Illustrated Book of Ballet Stories
Barbara Newman
Five classic ballets, The Nutcracker, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake, and Coppélia are represented with pictures, story and photographs.

The Nutcracker Ballet as told by Vladimir Vagin.
One magical Christmas Eve, Clara receives a wooden nutcracker from her godfather. However, the magic really begins after midnight when the nutcracker transforms into a handsome young prince.

Swan Lake as told by Margot Fonteyn
A prince’s love for a swan queen overcomes an evil sorcerer’s spell in this fairy-tale adaptation of the classical ballet.