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Here are our top 10 favorite ballet-themed books to choose from.

If your child thinks of nothing more than leotards and tutus, pliés and pirouettes, now could be the time to register for ballet classes near San Jose, CA. Your starry-eyed dancer might daydream about leaping across the big stage in Pointe shoes one day. For inspiration, you might want to read bedtime stories about children’s ballet. Here are our top 10 favorite ballet-themed books to choose from.

  • Tallulah’s Nutcracker by Marilyn Singer and Alexandra Boiger: This story details Tallulah’s excitement, preparation and missteps after being cast as a mouse in a holiday production of The Nutcracker.
  • Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle: This wordless picture book is a beautiful piece of art depicting an awkward young girl who wants nothing more than to imitate the grace of a flamingo.
  • Firebird by Misty Copeland and Christopher Myers: Author Misty Copeland was named the first female African American principal dancer at the American Ballet Theatre in 2015. She reminds readers that with hard work and perseverance, they too can achieve their ballet dreams.
  • José! Born to Dance by Susanna Reich and Raul Colon: While not strictly about ballet, this autobiography for children recounts the tale of José Limón, born in Mexico in 1908, who eventually becomes a world-renowned dancer.
  • A Ballerina Cookbook: Simple Recipes for Kids by Sarah L. Schuette: Young ballerinas who are also aspiring cooks are sure to enjoy the simple, ballet-themed recipes in this book.
  • Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder and Julie Morstad: The minimal, poetic text and gorgeous illustrations of this book relay the account of Anna Pavlova, a Russian dancer who gets by on beauty, grace and true grit.
  • Lola Levine and the Ballet Scheme by Monica Brown: The third book in the Lola Levine series, this story is about two polar-opposite girls – one who loves ballet and all things pink, and another who adores soccer – and how they become friends.
  • The Nutcracker Comes to America: How Three Ballet-Loving Brothers Created a Holiday Tradition by Chris Barton and Cathy Gendron: Do you know the origins of The Nutcracker, an American holiday tradition that began in Russia? This book tells the tale.
  • Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfeild and Diane Goode: Originally published in 1937, this story depicts three adopted sisters, two of whom aspire to be ballerinas. The third sister must work up the courage to follow her own dreams.
  • To Dance: A Ballerina’s Graphic Novel by Siena Cherson Siegel and Mark Siegel: Written and illustrated for pre-teen readers, this graphic novel doesn’t sugarcoat the struggles that professional dancers face or the fact that not every young dancer will make it to stardom.

Is your child ready to start their own ballet journey? New dance classes begin in August, and registration is now open! Call us today at (408) 257-3211 or email us at officeteam@danceacademyusa.com to learn more.

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