Do you have a little girl or boy that loves ballet? Does she dream of dancing The Nutcracker or one day becoming the Misty Copeland? Help your child explore their dreams and more with our list of ballet picture books to inspire your future ballerina.
Favorite picture books to inspire your future ballerina
Angelina Ballerina 25th Anniversary Edition by Katharine Holabird
It’s been twenty-five years since Angelina danced her way into the hearts of young ballerinas, and she’s still going strong. A true modern classic, Angelina continues to b more…
Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace
Oh, to be a ballerina! It’s a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you happen to be a vampire like Vampirina. First of all, you have to find a class that meets a more…
Zomblinia by Kristyn Crow
Zombelina loves to dance. She moonwalks with mummies and boogies with bats. She spins like a specter and glides like a ghost and loves to dance for her family the most. When Zombelina enrolls in a ballet class for real girls, her dancing gives everyone the chills! But when her first recital brings on a case of stage fright, her zombie moans and ghoulish groans scare her audience away. Only her devoted family’s cheers, in their special spooky way, help Zombelina dance the ballet debut of her dreams.
Brontorina by James Howe
From the sure-footed duo of James Howe and Randy Cecil comes a hugely endearing new character — in a humorous, heart-warming tale about holding on to your dreams. B more…
Bea at Ballet by Rachel Isadora
Adorable toddlers have fun with ballet Bea loves everything about ballet class, from putting on her leotard and ballet slippers to bowing good-bye at the end of class.
On Your Toes: A Ballet ABC by Rachel Isadora
A Ballet Company dances … across the pages of this sparkling picture book, inviting you behind the scenes and illuminating ballet terms from A to Z.
Every Cowgirl Needs Dancing Boots by Rebecca Janni
Nellie Sue is back with brand-new dancing boots and her usual cowgirl flair. She knows that dancing would be more fun with friends, but her new neighbors, the Glitter Girls, w more…
Ballerina Swan by Allegra Kent
From her pond in the city park, sophie, a swan, loves to watch the dancers in Madam Myrtle’s Studio. She longs to join them, but Madam shoos her away.
Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Chronicle Books
One night, young Anna’s mother takes her to the ballet, and everything is changed. 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.
Miss Lina’s Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone
Miss Lina has eight students in her house in Messina: Christina, Edwina, Sabrina, Justina, Katrina, Bettina, Marina, and Nina. In four lines of two, they dance doing math, while they read, at the park, at the zoo, and at the beach. But with the addition of a new student, Regina, the girls are unable to perform in their familiar formation and chaos ensues. When Miss Lina patiently instructs her ballerinas to arrange themselves in a new configuration, order is restored: “everything’s perfect now there are nine,/because dancing in three rows of three is divine….”
Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella by James Mayhew
Ella Bella loves her ballet class, which is conducted by the kindly Madame Rosa at an old theatre that seems touched by magic. One day, when Ella loses one of her slippers, Ma more…
Betsy B. Little by Anne McEvoy
Betsy B. little was not small at all.In fact, she was over eleven feet tall.Betsy B. Little, a too-tall, gawky giraffe, wants nothing more than to become a.
Chasing Degas by Eva Montanari
Monsieur Degas likes to paint the students while they practice in ballet classthey’ve inspired many of his beautiful paintings. But one day he mistakenly leaves his bag of more…
Beautiful Ballerina by Marilyn Nelson
A talented team of children’s book creators crafts a beautiful, stirring tribute to the grace and power of prima ballerinas everywhere. Every little girl has the dream to become more…
Miss Tutu’s Star by Lesléa Newman
Selena is a little girl “who does not walk so much as twirl.” When her mother takes her to Miss Tutu’s school of ballet, Selena has a bit of trouble with some of the st more…
Ella, Of Course! by Sarah Weeks
Ella love-love-loves her brand-new umbrella. It’s sky blue with white clouds, and it makes the most satisfying whoosh . . . click sound. Rain or shine, Ella insists on taking more…
Belinda Begins Ballet by Amy Young
Before Belinda was Belinda the Ballerina before she was Belinda in Paris, and way before she was Belinda and the Glass Slipper, she was a little girl who wanted to dance.
Ballerino Nate by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Nate has the heart of a dancer, and he is determined to learn ballet. Even his older brother, Ben, can’t change his mind with his claims that “boys don’t dance.” Or can he more…
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