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The Best Children’s Dance Books

“What are the best Children’s books about or featuring Dance?” We looked at 177 of the top Kids dance books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 29 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Children’s Dance” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 125+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

Also see our article of The 18 Best Dance Books!

Happy Scrolling!



Top 29 Best Children’s Books About Dancing And Ballet



29 .) Angelina Ballerina written by Katharine Holabird

Angelina Ballerina

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The Guardian

Angelina loves to dance and wants to become a ballerina more than anything else in the world.




28 .) Baby Dance written by Ann Taylor

Baby Dance

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Goodreads

For babies who are responding to music and movement, here’s a playful poem that has father and child dancing lovingly across the pages.




27 .) Ballerino Nate written by Kimberley Brubaker Bradley

Ballerino Nate

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Son Can Dance
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter

After seeing a ballet performance, Nate decides he wants to learn ballet but he has doubts when his brother Ben tells him that only girls can be ballerinas.




26 .) Brothers of the Knight written by Debbie Allen

Brothers of the Knight

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • My Son Can Dance

In this contemporary retelling of the fairy tale “Twelve Dancing Princesses,” an African-American reverend in Harlem endeavors to discover why the shoes of his twelve sons are worn to pieces every morning.




25 .) Chasing Degas written by Eva Montanari

Chasing Degas

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter

At the time of the Impressionists, a young ballet dancer races around Paris searching for Monsieur Degas, who accidentally took her bag–and the tutu she needs for the recital in which she is to perform that night.




24 .) Dancing to Freedom: The True Story of Mao’s Last Dancer written by Li Cunxin

Dancing to Freedom: The True Story of Mao’s Last Dancer

Lists It Appears On:

  • My Son Can Dance
  • Pragmatic Mom

Selected by Chairman Mao’s officials from among millions of children to become a dancer, Li’s new life began as he left his family behind. At the Beijing Dance Academy, days were long and difficult. Li’s hard work was rewarded when he was chosen yet again, this time to travel to America.…




23 .) Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance written by Keith Graves

Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • My Son Can Dance

Frank the monster indulges his love of dancing by strutting his stuff on stage until his head unzips, his brains flop out, and he continues to lose body parts.




22 .) Kitchen Dance written by Maurie J. Manning

Kitchen Dance

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Goodreads

Two sleepy children sneak out of their beds to watch as their parents, who love each other very much, break into a dance while washing the dishes.




21 .) Miss Lina’s Ballerinas written by Grace Maccarone

Miss Lina’s Ballerinas

Lists It Appears On:

  • Read Brightly
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter

Ballet instructor Miss Lina has a solution when her eight students, who always dance in pairs, are distraught when a ninth girl joins the class.




20 .) My Mama Had a Dancing Heart written by Libba Moore Gray

My Mama Had a Dancing Heart

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Goodreads

A ballet dancer recalls how she and her mother would welcome each season with a dance outdoors.




19 .) Rap A Tap Tap written by Leo Dillon

Rap A Tap Tap

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • My Son Can Dance

In illustrations and rhyme describes the dancing of Bill “Bojangles” Robinson, one of the most famous tap dancers of all time.




18 .) Song and Dance Man written by Karen Ackerman

Song and Dance Man

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • My Son Can Dance

Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.




17 .) Suki’s Kimono written by Chieri Uegaki

Suki's Kimono

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Pragmatic Mom

On her first day of first grade, despite the objections of her older sisters, Suki chooses to wear her beloved Japanese kimono to school because it holds special memories of her grandmother’s visit last summer.




16 .) The Jellybeans & the Big Dance written by Laura Numeroff

The Jellybeans & the Big Dance

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter

When four young girls meet in dance class, it takes time for them to find a way–and a reason–to pull together as one, but Emily helps them realize that, just like a bag of jellybeans, they can be different and still go well together.




15 .) This Is It written by Daria Peoples-Riley

This Is It

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Goodreads

A young dancer finds confidence in herself in this picture book about dance, individuality, and self expression




14 .) Zombelina written by Kristyn Crow

Zombelina

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Goodreads

A young zombie gives a haunting performance in her first ballet dance recital.




13 .) Alvin Ailey written by Andrea Davis Pinkney

Alvin Ailey

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • My Son Can Dance
  • Pragmatic Mom

Describes the life, dancing, and choreography of Alvin Ailey, who created his own modern dance company to explore the black experience.




12 .) Dancing in the Wings written by Debbie Allen

Dancing in the Wings

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Goodreads
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter

Sassy tries out for a summer dance festival in Washington, D.C., despite the other girls’ taunts that she is much too tall.




11 .) Jingle Dancer written by Cynthia Leitich Smith

Jingle Dancer

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Goodreads
  • Pragmatic Mom

Jenna, a member of the Muscogee, or Creek, Nation, borrows jingles from the dresses of several friends and relatives so that she can perform the jingle dance at the powwow. Includes a note about the jingle dance tradition and its regalia.




10 .) José! Born to Dance: The Story of José Limón written by Susanna Reich and Raul Colon

José! Born to Dance: The Story of José Limón

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • My Son Can Dance

In 1908 a baby boy was born in Culiacan, Mexico, kicking like a roped steer. BAM! BAM! BAM! His name was Jose Limon. Though he and his family fled civil war in their homeland by escaping to the United States when Jose was just seven years old, he would never forget the sounds and movements of his birthplace. Then Jose followed his heart to New York City. He fell in love with the shimmering city that towered above him: marble, stone, brick, and steel. He wanted to give a gift to the world and discovered the world of dance. There was no stopping Jose Limon, who went on to become one of the greatest modern dancers who ever lived.




9 .) Max written by Rachel Isadora

Max

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • My Son Can Dance
  • Read Brightly

Max finds a new way to warm up for his Saturday baseball game–his sister’s dancing class.




8 .) Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova written by Laurel Snyder and Julie Morstad

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter

The world is big. Anna is small. The snow is everywhere and all around. But one night …One night, her mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed. Anna finds a beauty inside herself that she cannot contain. So begins the journey of a girl who will one day grow up to be the most famous prima ballerina of all time, inspiring legions of dancers after her: the brave, the generous, the transcendently gifted Anna Pavlova. Beautiful, inspirational, and triumphant, Anna Pavlova’s life is masterfully captured in this exquisite picture book.…




7 .) The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition written by Chris Barton and Cathy Gendron

The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads

Meet William, Harold, and Lew Christensen, three small-town Utah boys who caught the ballet bug in the early 1900s. They performed on vaudeville and took part in the New York City dance scene. Russian immigrants shared the story of The Nutcracker with them, and during World War II, they staged their own Christmastime production in San Francisco. It was America’s first full-length version and the beginning of a … holiday tradition




6 .) Ballet Shoes written by Noel Streatfeild and Diane Goode

Ballet Shoes

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter
  • The Guardian
  • The School Run

Determined to make a name for themselves, three adopted sisters living in London train for the ballet and the stage and in the process discover that each has a special talent.




5 .) Brontorina written by James Howe

Brontorina

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter

Despite her size and not having the proper footwear, a determined dinosaur pursues her dream of becoming a ballerina.




4 .) To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel written by Siena Cherson Siegel

To Dance: A Ballerina's Graphic Novel

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter
  • Thought Co.

The author describes how she first decided she wanted to be a ballerina at the age of six, and how that dream carried her from her home in Puerto Rico to dance class in Boston to performing with the New York City Ballet




3 .) Flora and the Flamingo written by Molly Idle

Flora and the Flamingo

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter

In this wordless book with interactive flaps, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.




2 .) Tallulah’s Tutu written by Marilyn Singer

Tallulah's Tutu

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Read Brightly
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter

Tallulah takes ballet lessons and eagerly awaits her coveted tutu, which, she learns, she must work hard to earn.




1 .) Firebird written by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers

Firebird

Lists It Appears On:

  • A Mighty Girl
  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads
  • Pragmatic Mom
  • Sugar Spice And Glitter
  • Thought Co.

American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too.





The 125+ Additional Best Kids Dance Books



#BooksAuthorLists
30A Ballerina Cookbook: Simple Recipes for KidsSarah L. SchuetteBarnes And Noble
31A Child’s Introduction to BalletLaura LeeSugar Spice And Glitter
32A Company of SwansEva IbbotsonThe Guardian
33A Dictionary of DanceLiz MurphyGoodreads
34A Dream of Sadler’s WellsLorna HillThe School Run
35
A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student
 Pragmatic Mom
36
Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet
 Pragmatic Mom
37Another Celebrated Dancing Bear My Son Can Dance
38Arthur Mitchell My Son Can Dance
39Baby Danced the PolkaKaren BeaumontGoodreads
40Ballerina BirdiesMarina YamamotoGoodreads
41Ballerina: A Step-by-Step Guide to BalletJane HackettSugar Spice And Glitter
42Ballerina! Read Brightly
43Ballet BoyAnfaney GladwinGoodreads
44Ballet Cat The Totally Secret Secret (Ballet Cat, #1)Bob SheaGoodreads
45Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian SpringJan GreenbergGoodreads
46Barefoot Book of Ballet StoriesJane YolenSugar Spice And Glitter
47Barn DanceBill Martin Jr.Goodreads
48Barn Dance!Pat HutchinsGoodreads
49Barnyard DanceSandra BoyntonGoodreads
50Bawk & RollTammi SauerGoodreads
51Bear DanceJan WahlGoodreads
52Beautiful Ballerina Thought Co.
53Behind the Mask Pragmatic Mom
54Billie’s Big AuditionKimberly WyattThe School Run
55Blues Suite Pragmatic Mom
56Boring BobAnfaney GladwinGoodreads
57Born to DanceJean UreThe School Run
58Bowwow Powwow Pragmatic Mom
59Boy, Can He Dance! My Son Can Dance
60
Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage
 Pragmatic Mom
61Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of SpringJuanita HavillGoodreads
62BunheadsSophie FlackThe Guardian
63Catty Jane Who Loved to DanceValeri GorbachevGoodreads
64Cock-a-Doodle Dance!Christine TricaricoGoodreads
65Color DanceAnn JonasGoodreads
66Dance at Grandpa’sLaura Ingalls WilderGoodreads
67Dance Class: So, You Think You Can Hip-Hop (Dance Class #1)CripGoodreads
68Dance Is For Everyone A Mighty Girl
69Dance Me, DaddyCindy MorganGoodreads
70Dance, Pioneer, Dance!Rick WaltonGoodreads
71Dancing FeetCharlotte AgellGoodreads
72Dancing Feet!Lindsey CraigGoodreads
73Dancing Larry My Son Can Dance
74Dancing To America My Son Can Dance
75Dancing with KatyaDori ChaconasGoodreads
76Danza!: Pragmatic Mom
77Deer Dancer A Mighty Girl
78Dinosaur DancePatrick GirouardGoodreads
79DinosaurumpusTony MittonGoodreads
80Do Princesses Boogie? A Mighty Girl
81Dogs Don’t Do Ballet Read Brightly
82Down by the Cool of the PoolTony MittonGoodreads
83Dream DancerJill NewsomeGoodreads
84Drumheller Dinosaur DanceRobert HeidbrederGoodreads
85Duck Sock HopJane KohuthGoodreads
86Dumpy La Rue (Owlet Book) My Son Can Dance
87Elephants Cannot Dance! (Elephant & Piggie, #9)Mo WillemsGoodreads
88Ella Bella Ballerina & Swan LakeJames MayhewSugar Spice And Glitter
89Everybunny Dance!Ellie SandallGoodreads
90Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid BalletJane O’ConnorSugar Spice And Glitter
91Fancy Nancy: Budding BallerinaJane O’ConnorGoodreads
92Farmyard BeatLindsey CraigGoodreads
93First Term at L’Etoile: Book 1 (School for Stars)Kelly Willoughby and Holly WilloughbyThe School Run
94Flora and the PenguinMolly IdleGoodreads
95Flying Feet: A Story of Irish Dance My Son Can Dance
96Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele AstaireRoxane OrgillGoodreads
97Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and DanceBirgitta SifGoodreads
98Giant Dance PartyBetsy BirdGoodreads
99Giraffes Can’t DanceGiles AndreaeGoodreads
100Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown (Groovy Joe #2)Eric LitwinGoodreads
101Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig Read Brightly
102
Happy Feet: The Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and Me
 My Son Can Dance
103Hen LakeMary Jane AuchGoodreads
104Hilda Must Be Dancing Read Brightly
105Hip-Hop Lollipop Pragmatic Mom
106How Can You DanceRick WaltonGoodreads
107How Do You Wokka-Wokka?Elizabeth BluemleGoodreads
108I Can Dance A Mighty Girl
109I Want to be a BallerinaAnna MembrinoGoodreads
110Invitation to Ballet: A Celebration of Dance and DegasCarolyn VaughanGoodreads
111James the Dancing Dog My Son Can Dance
112Jammy DanceRebecca JanniGoodreads
113Jazz Age JosephineJonah WinterGoodreads
114Jazz BabyLisa WheelerGoodreads
115JITTERBUGS! A dance-along story inspired by real American JitterbugsMargot ToppenGoodreads
116Josephine Wants to DanceJackie FrenchGoodreads
117
Knockin’ on Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates
 My Son Can Dance
118Life in Motion: An Unlikely BallerinaMisty CopelandThe Guardian
119Lili at Ballet Read Brightly
120Lion Dancer Pragmatic Mom
121Lola Levine and the Ballet SchemeMonica BrownBarnes And Noble
122Lola’s Fandango Pragmatic Mom
123Long Powwow NightsDavid BouchardGoodreads
124Magic Ballerina seriesDarcey BussellThe Guardian
125Mama, I’ll Give You the World Pragmatic Mom
126Mao’s Last DancerLi CunxinThe Guardian
127Olga the BrolgaRod ClementGoodreads
128Oliver Button Is a Sissy My Son Can Dance
129Olivia’s First TermLyn GardnerThe School Run
130Papa Lucky’s Shadow My Son Can Dance
131Peeping BeautyMary Jane AuchGoodreads
132Pepito’s Story My Son Can Dance
133Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat BoogieJames DeanGoodreads
134Peter Penny’s Dance My Son Can Dance
135Roadrunner’s DanceRudolfo AnayaGoodreads
136Rock WarRobert MuchamoreThe School Run
137Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes A Mighty Girl
138Rupert Can DanceJules FeifferGoodreads
139Sailor Boy Jig My Son Can Dance
140Samba Sensation (Strictly Come Dancing)Chloe MelodyThe School Run
141Savion!: My Life in Tap My Son Can Dance
142Secret Of The DanceAndrea SpaldingGoodreads
143
Sparks Fly High: The Legend of Dancing Point
 My Son Can Dance
144Sus-sous at The BalletCollette RitzGoodreads
145Swine LakeJames MarshallGoodreads
146Tanya and Emily in a Dance for TwoPatricia Lee GauchGoodreads
147The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories Thought Co.
148
The Boy Who Wanted to be a Dancer
 My Son Can Dance
149
The Cambodian Dancer: Sophany’s Gift of Hope
 Pragmatic Mom
150
The Dancer Who Flew: A Memoir of Rudolf Nureyev
 My Son Can Dance
151The Dancing Tiger My Son Can Dance
152The Last DanceCarmen Agra DeedyGoodreads
153The Only Boy in Ballet Class My Son Can Dance
154The Paper CraneMolly BangGoodreads
155The Red ShoesHans Christian AndersenGoodreads
156The Scarecrow’s DanceJane YolenGoodreads
157The Secret Hen House TheatreHelen PetersThe School Run
158The Swish of the CurtainPamela BrownThe School Run
159The Twelve Dancing PrincessesMarianna MayerGoodreads
160The Wolf WilderKatherine RundellThe Guardian
161Thunderstorm Dancing A Mighty Girl
162Underpants DanceMarlena ZapfGoodreads
163Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a SleepoverAnne Marie PaceGoodreads
164Waltz of the Snowflakes A Mighty Girl
165Watch Me Dance: Family Celebration Board BooksAndrea Davis PinkneyGoodreads
166What If They Saw Me Now? My Son Can Dance
167When Dinosaurs Go DancingJudy CookGoodreads
168When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary RiotLauren StringerGoodreads
169WiggleDoreen CroninGoodreads
170Zen SocksJon J. MuthGoodreads
171Zombelina Dances The NutcrackerKristyn CrowGoodreads


10 Best Children’s Books About Dance Sources/Lists



SourceArticle
A Mighty Girl Dancing Her Heart Out: 19 Picture Books About Mighty Girls Who Love
Barnes And Noble 10 Beautiful Ballet Books for All Ages
Goodreads Picture Books About Dance
My Son Can Dance Books for Young Boys Who Dance
Pragmatic Mom Top 10: Multicultural Dance Picture Books
Read Brightly Ballerina Books for Your Tiny Dancer
Sugar Spice And Glitter 18 Ballet Children’s Books
The Guardian World Ballet Day – eight books that bring ballet to life
The School Run Kids’ books about dance and drama
Thought Co. Best Children’s Books About Ballet and Ballerinas

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