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Picture Books

The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage
by Julie Andrews
Disappointed when she is cast as the Court Jester rather than the Crystal Princess in an upcoming ballet recital, Geraldine channels her inner sparkle when the show is threatened by an imminent disaster.

Firebird
by Misty Copeland
Ballerina Misty Copeland encourages an insecure young ballet student to believe in herself and achieve her dreams through hard work and dedication.

Bravo, Tanya
by Patricia Lee Gauch
Excited to be taking ballet lessons at last, Tanya discovers that her inability to move to the music that is played could jeopardize her dreams of becoming a ballerina.

Angelina and the Princess
by Katharine Holabird
Angelina is too sick to dance well during the tryouts for the lead in the "Princess of Mouseland" ballet, but when the leading ballerina sprains her foot, Angelina is ready to prove she is still the best dancer of all.

Angelina Ballerina
by Katharine Holabird
Angelina is so busy dancing that she does nothing else. Her parents are in despair until they send her to ballet school.

Angelina in the Wings
by Katharine Holabird
Angelina is stunned and jealous when clumsy cousin Henry is given the part of a sunbeam in Madame Zizi's ballet, but her kindness in helping Henry perfect his part is rewarded when another sunbeam part needs to be filled for the big performance.

Angelina, Star of the Show
by Katharine Holabird
Practicing every minute of the day for the Mouse Land Dance Festival, Angelina's moves get in the way on her grandparents' boat when her spinning and twirling almost cause all three of them to set sail too late for the big event.

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

Bea at Ballet
by Rachel Isadora
Loving everything about ballet class from putting on her leotard and slippers to curtsying good-bye, little Bea practices her basic positions and movements before leaping and twirling her way through a rehearsal.

Not Just Tutus
by Rachel Isadora
Enhanced with full-color illustrations, a picture book offers a collection of amusing poems about the struggles, sacrifice, and thrills of being a performing ballerina.

Ballerina Gets Ready
by Allegra Kent
From the time she wakes at 8 a.m. until the curtain rises at 8 p.m., a prima ballerina's day is busy, busy, busy with classes, rehearsals and fittings, as well as meals and friendship.

Miss Lina’s Ballerinas
by Grace Maccarone
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.

Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Prince
by Grace Maccarone
Excited to have a first boy student joining their ranks, the young ballerinas at Miss Lina's dancing school look forward to having someone to play the role of the prince in their recitals.

Waltz of the Snowflakes
by Elly Mackay
It is a cold and rainy evening when Gran gives her granddaughter something special: tickets to the ballet. Her granddaughter is reluctant to go. The weather is terrible and they have to wear fancy, uncomfortable clothes. But as the curtains rise on The Nutcracker, the girl's eyes light up as she's introduced to the magic of the theater.

James the Dancing Dog
by Linda Maybarduk
In a story based on a real dog, James, a beagle, yearns to dance onstage and is bitterly disappointed when a wolfhound is cast for the ballet "Giselle."

Emma and Julia Love Ballet
by Barbara McClintock
Follows Emma, a young girl learning ballet, and her ballet hero, Julia, as they each take lessons and explore their love of dance.

Dream Dancer
by Jill Newsome
Lily loves to dance, but after she hurts her leg in an accident, she wonders if she will be able to dance again--until she finds encouragement in a gift from her grandmother.

Dancing Larry
by Daniel Pinkwater
Larry the polar bear follows in the footsteps of little Mildred Frobisher's ballet class to overcome strict Madame Swoboda's admonition that "bears have no place in ballet.

Tallulah’s Nutcracker
by Marilyn Singer
Tallulah is thrilled to play a mouse in a professional production of The Nutcracker and works very hard to be the most marvelous mouse of all, but opening night brings some surprises. 

Belinda Begins Ballet
by Amy Young
Despite possessing the natural inability to dance, Belinda is determined to be a ballerina, but when Mrs. Rhino tells her she is to perform as a clown in the school talent show, Belinda must find a way to prove to everyone that she has what it takes to be the graceful dancer she knows she is destined to be! 

Belinda the Ballerina
by Amy Young
Despite her love for ballet, Belinda simply cannot get her feet to cooperate with her goal of becoming a great ballerina, in a simple tale of dedication and devotion to one's dreams.

Readers 

Bootsie Barker Ballerina
by Barbara Bottner
Bootsie disrupts ballet class until Lisa and Bernie outwit her.

Katy Duck and the Tip-Top Tap Shoes
by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
When the new student in Katy Duck's ballet class makes a tapping sound, the music stops and everyone looks at her feet.

Angelina at Ballet Camp
by Lana Jacobs
Angelina is excited to go to ballet camp for the summer, but when she arrives, it is not as she thought it would be.

Pinkalicious: Tutu-rrific
by Victoria Kann
Her first ballet class proves to be more complicated than expected when Pinkalicious accidentally winds up in the big kids' class, where she is challenged to jump to new heights. 

Ballet Cat, What’s Your Favorite Favorite?
by Bob Shea
Ballet Cat and her cousin, Goat, try to outdo one another while putting on show for their grandmother.

In-Between 

Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme
by Monica Brown
Second-grader Lola clashes with Bella, a ballet-loving, pink-clad newcomer, before learning that ballet is every bit as challenging as soccer.

Ballet Bullies
by Jake Maddox
Marissa is teased by the other ballet dancers for her size and height, and her skills are tested when she practices for the role of the rose fairy in her dance recital.

Chapter Books 

Ivy & Bean: Doomed to Dance
by Annie Barrows
Second-grade best friends Ivy and Bean beg for ballet lessons, then, when they are cast as squids in their first recital, scheme to find a way out of what seems to be boring, hard, and potentially embarrassing.

Sugar Plums to the Rescue!
by Whoopi Goldberg
Triplets Jessica, JoAnn, and Jerzey and their friends in ballet class try to keep the building that houses The Nutcracker School from being torn down, while also trying to rescue a stray kitten.

Toeshoe Trouble
by Whoopi Goldberg
Brenda Black tells her spoiled cousin Tiffany that she owns a pair of ballerina Camilla Freeman's tap shoes, but then Tiffany demands to see the shoes, which actually belong to the headmistress of Brenda's ballet school. 

Dancing Through Fire
by Katharine Lasky
Sophie is studying to be a ballerina at the Paris Opera House when war breaks out, and although tragedy strikes her family, her love of dance does not fade, and she is inspired by the painter Degas to become an even better dancer. 

The Cinderella Ballet Mystery
by Carolyn Keene
When Nancy and her friends are going to be in a ballet version of Cinderella and the special glass slippers go missing, Nancy is determined to find them before show time.

Ballet Shoes
by Noah Streatfield
Relates the fortunes of three adopted sisters who take dancing and stage training, one to become an actress, the second a ballerina, and the third an aviatrix. 

Ribbons
by Laurence Yep
A promising young ballet student cannot afford to continue lessons when her Chinese grandmother emigrates from Hong Kong, creating jealousy and conflict among the entire family.

Angelfish
by Laurence Yep
Robin, a young ballet dancer who is half Chinese and half white, works in a fish store for Mr. Tsow, a brusque Chinese who accuses her of being a half-person and who harbors a bitter secret.

Non-Fiction

Edgar Degas: Dance Like a Butterfly (J709.2 D317)
by Angela Wenzel
Explores the work of painter Edgar Degas, paying close attention to his delicate ballet paintings and his inspirations for creating them.

Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina (J792.02809 T147)
by Maria Tallchief
Ballerina Maria Tallchief describes her childhood on an Osage reservation, her love of dance, and her rise to success as a ballerina.

The Young Dancer (J792.8)
by Darcy Bussel
Guides readers through various ballet steps, and discusses such topics as character dancing, makeup, costumes, and choreography.

Ballet (J792.8)
by Kate Castle
A reference book discussing all aspects of ballet and its history examines dance costumes, the steps, choreographers, what it's like to be in a class, a glossary of dancers, retellings of favorite ballet stories, and much more.

Ballet (J792.8)
by Lisa Dillman
Introduces the basics of ballet dancing, including stretching exercises, ballet positions, ballet terms, and good practice habits.

Ballet Bunnies (J792.8)
by Joan Elizabeth Goodman
A group of bunnies go to the dance studio where they warm up, practice their ballet positions, and exercise at the barre.

On Your Toes: A Ballet ABC (J792.8)
by Rachel Isadora
Each letter of the alphabet is represented by an illustration of a ballet-related word. 

Ballet (J792.8)
by Wendy Lanier
Introduces the history and basic concepts of ballet. Easy-to-read text, vibrant photos, and dance tips will make readers want to get up and dance. 

Beautiful Ballerina (J792.8)
by Marilyn Nelson
Poetry and illustrations celebrate the beauty and grace of young African-American ballerinas.

Ballet (J792.8)
by Ann Rinaldi
Rinaldi's title covers the beginnings of ballet in Europe through the romantic period to the Balanchine era to the present-day scene with numerous "crossover" dances and companies as evidenced in the work of Jerome Robbins and Twyla Tharp, and the Joffrey Ballet and the White Oak Dance Project. 

A Young Person’s Guide to Ballet (J792.8)
by Noah Streatfield

One Ballerina, Two (J792.80222)
by Vivian French
A young girl imitates the movements of ten ballet dancers.

Ballet School (J792.8028 P192)
by Naia Bray-Moffatt
Text and photographs present the activities at a ballet studio where young children warm up, practice the five basic positions, exercise at the barre, and watch teenage ballet dancers perform. 

Ballerina Dreams: From Orphan to Ballerina (J792.8028)
by Michaela DePrince
A skill-building introduction to the life of the principal dancer from the Dance Theatre of Harlem describes her early years as an orphan in Sierra Leone, her adoption by an American family, the photograph that inspired her dreams and her rise to becoming one of the world's most accomplished ballerinas. 

Dancing to America (J792.8028 P192)
by Ann Morris
Profiles Anton Pankevich, a talented sixteen-year-old student at the School of American Ballet in New York City, chronicling his journey from Russia to America with his family, his adjustment to a new society, and his dancing.

Danza! (792.809 HERNANDEZ)
by Duncan Tonatiuh
This is a picture book biography for children ages 6-10 about Amalia Hernandez (1917-2000), the dancer and choreographer who founded the Mexican Folkloric Ballet, a dance organization that continues to perform today. 

A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student (J792.80973)
by Valerie Gladstone
Introduces readers to the world of dance by following Iman Bright, a thirteen-year-old student at the prestigious Ailey School in New York City, as she gets ready for a performance with her fellow students.

The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories (J792.84)
by Jane Yolen
Retellings of seven of the world's greatest ballet stories.