Suggested Reading

Pre-School - K
  • Dancing Dinos by Sally Lucas, Margezux Lucas *
  • Dancing Feet! by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown *
  • Angelina Ballerina by Katharine Holabird
  • Ballerina Swan by Allegra Kent
  • Bea at Ballet by Rachel Isadora
  • Cock-a-Doodle Dance! by Christine Tricarico
  • Dancing Dreams by Kate Ohrt
  • Dancing with the Dinosaurs by Jane Clarke
  • Duck Sock-Hop by Jane Kohuth
  • Elephants Cannot Dance! by Mo Willems
  • I Love to Dance by Anna Walker
  • If I were a Ballerina by Thomas Kingsley Troupe
  • Lola's Fandango by Anna Witte
  • Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone
  • My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson
  • Naughty Toes by Ann Bonwill
  • Tallulah's Solo by Marilyn Singer
  • Tallulah's Tutu by Marilyn Singer
  • Tip-Tap Pop by Sarah Lynn
  • Stella is a Star by Bernadette Peters
  • The Very Fairy Princess Takes the Stage by Julie Andrews and Emma Walton Hamilton
  • The Katy Duck series (Katy Duck, Dance Star; Katy Duck Goes to Dance Class; Starring Katy Duck; Katy Duck Makes a Friend) by Alyssa Satin Capucilli
  • The Mia series (including Mia and the Big Sister Ballet; Mia and the Daisy Dance; Mia and the Dance for Two; Mia and the Too Big Tutu) by Robin Farley
 
Grades K-4
  • Ballet for Beginners by Mary Kate Mellow and Stephanie Troeller*
  • Kylie Jean, Dancing Queen by Marci Peschke*
  • Ivy and Bean Doomed to Dance by Annie Barrows*
  • Dilly Dog's Dizzy Dancing by Barbara deRubertis*
  • I am a Dancer by Pat Lowery Collins*
  • Song & Dance Man by Karen Ackerman
  • Dancing in My Bones by S. Andrews
  • Dance! by E. Cooper
  • Meet Rory Hohenstein, a Professional Dancer by Jill Duvall
  • Dance by S. Kuklin and Bill T. Jones
  • Bon Odori Dancer by K.K. McCoy
  • A Day in the Life of a Dancer by Helen Packard
  • Boy, Can He Dance! by E. Spinelli
  • Tallchief:America's Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief with Rosemary Wells
  • The Young Dancer by Darcey Bussell
  • The Ghost Dance by A. McLerran
Grades 5-8
  • Dancing Shoes by Noel Streatfield*
  • Mambo Peligroso by Patricia Chao
  • My Mama Had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray
  • The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn
  • The Phoenix Dance by Dia Calhoun
  • A Really Nice Prom Mess by Brian Sloan
  • Shiva's Fire by Suzanne Fisher Staples
  • Sticks and Stones by Beth Goobie
  • Ballet and Modern Dance by Susan Au
  • Legends of American Dance and Choreography by Carin Ford
  • Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life by Russell Freedman
  • Ballet School: What it Takes to Make a Dancer by Camilla Jessel
  • Dancing: the Pleasure, Power and Art of Movement by Gerald Jonas
  • Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney
  • Seventh Grade Tango by Elizabeth Levy
Grades 9-12
  • Ambitious by Monica McKayhan
  • Audition by Stasia Ward Kehoe
  • Bunheads: A Novel by Sophie Flack
  • Leap by Jodi Lundgren
  • Someday Dancer by Sarah Rubin
  • Various Positions by Martha Schabas
  • The Truth-Teller's Tale by Sharon Shinn
  • Mambo Peligroso by Patricia Chao
  • My Mama had a Dancing Heart by Libba Moore Gray
  • The Night Dance by Suzanne Weyn
  • A Really Nice Prom Mess by Brian Sloan
  • Tunes For Bears To Dance To by Robert Cormier
  • When the Elephants Dance by Tess Uriza Holthe
  • Chancers by Gerald Robert Vizenor
  • A Club in Montmartre: An Encounter with Henri Toulouse-Lautrec by Michael D. Resnick
  • Smoke Dancing by Eric Gansworth
  • The Intimate Act of Choreography by Lynne Anne Blom and L. Tarin Chaplin
  • A Primer for Choreographers by Lois Ellfeldt
  • Balanchine by Bernard Taper
  • Martha Graham: A Dancer's Life by Russell Freedman
  • Martha Graham, the Early Years by Merle Armitage
  • The Art of Making Dance by Doris Humphrey, Barbara Pollack and Tjaart Schillhorn Van Veen
  • Dance Composition by Jacqueline Smith
  • Jose Limon: An Unfinished Memoir by Jose Limon
  • Revelation: The Autobiography of Alvin Ailey by Alvin Ailey and A. Peter Bailey
  • Dance Imagery for Technique and Performance by Eric Franklin
  • The Body Can Speak: Essays on Creative Movement Education… by Annelise Mertz
  • Speaking of Dance: Twelve Contemporary Choreographers on their Craft by Joyce Morgenroth

* These books are part of the Indianapolis Public Library's e-book collection. They can be downloaded to your Kindle, I-Pad, Nook, etc. by using this link

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