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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



# Books Author Lists
30 A Ballerina Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids Sarah L. Schuette Barnes And Noble
31 A Child’s Introduction to Ballet Laura Lee Sugar Spice And Glitter
32 A Company of Swans Eva Ibbotson The Guardian
33 A Dictionary of Dance Liz Murphy Goodreads
34 A Dream of Sadler’s Wells Lorna Hill The School Run
35
A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student
Pragmatic Mom
36
Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet
Pragmatic Mom
37 Another Celebrated Dancing Bear My Son Can Dance
38 Arthur Mitchell My Son Can Dance
39 Baby Danced the Polka Karen Beaumont Goodreads
40 Ballerina Birdies Marina Yamamoto Goodreads
41 Ballerina: A Step-by-Step Guide to Ballet Jane Hackett Sugar Spice And Glitter
42 Ballerina! Read Brightly
43 Ballet Boy Anfaney Gladwin Goodreads
44 Ballet Cat The Totally Secret Secret (Ballet Cat, #1) Bob Shea Goodreads
45 Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring Jan Greenberg Goodreads
46 Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories Jane Yolen Sugar Spice And Glitter
47 Barn Dance Bill Martin Jr. Goodreads
48 Barn Dance! Pat Hutchins Goodreads
49 Barnyard Dance Sandra Boynton Goodreads
50 Bawk & Roll Tammi Sauer Goodreads
51 Bear Dance Jan Wahl Goodreads
52 Beautiful Ballerina Thought Co.
53 Behind the Mask Pragmatic Mom
54 Billie’s Big Audition Kimberly Wyatt The School Run
55 Blues Suite Pragmatic Mom
56 Boring Bob Anfaney Gladwin Goodreads
57 Born to Dance Jean Ure The School Run
58 Bowwow Powwow Pragmatic Mom
59 Boy, Can He Dance! My Son Can Dance
60
Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage
Pragmatic Mom
61 Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring Juanita Havill Goodreads
62 Bunheads Sophie Flack The Guardian
63 Catty Jane Who Loved to Dance Valeri Gorbachev Goodreads
64 Cock-a-Doodle Dance! Christine Tricarico Goodreads
65 Color Dance Ann Jonas Goodreads
66 Dance at Grandpa’s Laura Ingalls Wilder Goodreads
67 Dance Class: So, You Think You Can Hip-Hop (Dance Class #1) Crip Goodreads
68 Dance Is For Everyone A Mighty Girl
69 Dance Me, Daddy Cindy Morgan Goodreads
70 Dance, Pioneer, Dance! Rick Walton Goodreads
71 Dancing Feet Charlotte Agell Goodreads
72 Dancing Feet! Lindsey Craig Goodreads
73 Dancing Larry My Son Can Dance
74 Dancing To America My Son Can Dance
75 Dancing with Katya Dori Chaconas Goodreads
76 Danza!: Pragmatic Mom
77 Deer Dancer A Mighty Girl
78 Dinosaur Dance Patrick Girouard Goodreads
79 Dinosaurumpus Tony Mitton Goodreads
80 Do Princesses Boogie? A Mighty Girl
81 Dogs Don’t Do Ballet Read Brightly
82 Down by the Cool of the Pool Tony Mitton Goodreads
83 Dream Dancer Jill Newsome Goodreads
84 Drumheller Dinosaur Dance Robert Heidbreder Goodreads
85 Duck Sock Hop Jane Kohuth Goodreads
86 Dumpy La Rue (Owlet Book) My Son Can Dance
87 Elephants Cannot Dance! (Elephant & Piggie, #9) Mo Willems Goodreads
88 Ella Bella Ballerina & Swan Lake James Mayhew Sugar Spice And Glitter
89 Everybunny Dance! Ellie Sandall Goodreads
90 Fancy Nancy and the Mermaid Ballet Jane O’Connor Sugar Spice And Glitter
91 Fancy Nancy: Budding Ballerina Jane O’Connor Goodreads
92 Farmyard Beat Lindsey Craig Goodreads
93 First Term at L’Etoile: Book 1 (School for Stars) Kelly Willoughby and Holly Willoughby The School Run
94 Flora and the Penguin Molly Idle Goodreads
95 Flying Feet: A Story of Irish Dance My Son Can Dance
96 Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire Roxane Orgill Goodreads
97 Frances Dean Who Loved to Dance and Dance Birgitta Sif Goodreads
98 Giant Dance Party Betsy Bird Goodreads
99 Giraffes Can’t Dance Giles Andreae Goodreads
100 Groovy Joe: Dance Party Countdown (Groovy Joe #2) Eric Litwin Goodreads
101 Gwendolyn, the Graceful Pig Read Brightly
102
Happy Feet: The Savoy Ballroom Lindy Hoppers and Me
My Son Can Dance
103 Hen Lake Mary Jane Auch Goodreads
104 Hilda Must Be Dancing Read Brightly
105 Hip-Hop Lollipop Pragmatic Mom
106 How Can You Dance Rick Walton Goodreads
107 How Do You Wokka-Wokka? Elizabeth Bluemle Goodreads
108 I Can Dance A Mighty Girl
109 I Want to be a Ballerina Anna Membrino Goodreads
110 Invitation to Ballet: A Celebration of Dance and Degas Carolyn Vaughan Goodreads
111 James the Dancing Dog My Son Can Dance
112 Jammy Dance Rebecca Janni Goodreads
113 Jazz Age Josephine Jonah Winter Goodreads
114 Jazz Baby Lisa Wheeler Goodreads
115 JITTERBUGS! A dance-along story inspired by real American Jitterbugs Margot Toppen Goodreads
116 Josephine Wants to Dance Jackie French Goodreads
117
Knockin’ on Wood: Starring Peg Leg Bates
My Son Can Dance
118 Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina Misty Copeland The Guardian
119 Lili at Ballet Read Brightly
120 Lion Dancer Pragmatic Mom
121 Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme Monica Brown Barnes And Noble
122 Lola’s Fandango Pragmatic Mom
123 Long Powwow Nights David Bouchard Goodreads
124 Magic Ballerina series Darcey Bussell The Guardian
125 Mama, I’ll Give You the World Pragmatic Mom
126 Mao’s Last Dancer Li Cunxin The Guardian
127 Olga the Brolga Rod Clement Goodreads
128 Oliver Button Is a Sissy My Son Can Dance
129 Olivia’s First Term Lyn Gardner The School Run
130 Papa Lucky’s Shadow My Son Can Dance
131 Peeping Beauty Mary Jane Auch Goodreads
132 Pepito’s Story My Son Can Dance
133 Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie James Dean Goodreads
134 Peter Penny’s Dance My Son Can Dance
135 Roadrunner’s Dance Rudolfo Anaya Goodreads
136 Rock War Robert Muchamore The School Run
137 Ruby Rose: Off to School She Goes A Mighty Girl
138 Rupert Can Dance Jules Feiffer Goodreads
139 Sailor Boy Jig My Son Can Dance
140 Samba Sensation (Strictly Come Dancing) Chloe Melody The School Run
141 Savion!: My Life in Tap My Son Can Dance
142 Secret Of The Dance Andrea Spalding Goodreads
143
Sparks Fly High: The Legend of Dancing Point
My Son Can Dance
144 Sus-sous at The Ballet Collette Ritz Goodreads
145 Swine Lake James Marshall Goodreads
146 Tanya and Emily in a Dance for Two Patricia Lee Gauch Goodreads
147 The 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
151 The Dancing Tiger My Son Can Dance
152 The Last Dance Carmen Agra Deedy Goodreads
153 The Only Boy in Ballet Class My Son Can Dance
154 The Paper Crane Molly Bang Goodreads
155 The Red Shoes Hans Christian Andersen Goodreads
156 The Scarecrow’s Dance Jane Yolen Goodreads
157 The Secret Hen House Theatre Helen Peters The School Run
158 The Swish of the Curtain Pamela Brown The School Run
159 The Twelve Dancing Princesses Marianna Mayer Goodreads
160 The Wolf Wilder Katherine Rundell The Guardian
161 Thunderstorm Dancing A Mighty Girl
162 Underpants Dance Marlena Zapf Goodreads
163 Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover Anne Marie Pace Goodreads
164 Waltz of the Snowflakes A Mighty Girl
165 Watch Me Dance: Family Celebration Board Books Andrea Davis Pinkney Goodreads
166 What If They Saw Me Now? My Son Can Dance
167 When Dinosaurs Go Dancing Judy Cook Goodreads
168 When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot Lauren Stringer Goodreads
169 Wiggle Doreen Cronin Goodreads
170 Zen Socks Jon J. Muth Goodreads
171 Zombelina Dances The Nutcracker Kristyn Crow Goodreads


10 Best Children’s Books About Dance Sources/Lists



Source Article
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
A.M. Anderson:
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