Ballet Books

Here are some books that I recommend for young children interested in ballet. If you have any other book suggestions please let me know and I will put it on the site!

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Ballerina Rosie by Sarah Ferguson

Available August 28, 2012

From New York Times bestselling author Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, this eBook with audio stars a lovable and spunky character who will inspire prima ballerinas everywhere!

More than anything, Rosie loves to dance and wants to be a prima ballerina. But when she enrolls in ballet school, she can’t seem to master the plié or balance her arabesque. Never mind the grand jeté! Is there any hope for Rosie’s big dreams?

With charming text from Sarah Ferguson, The Duchess of York, and delightful illustrations from Caldecott Honoree Diane Goode, this eBook with audio tells an encouraging story of an aspiring dancer that will have readers asking for an encore.

A Child’s Introduction to Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance (Book and CD) by Laura Lee and Meredith Hamilton  Ages 4-8

From the Inside Flap
Welcome to the magical world of ballet! In this book you’ll experience dance in a whole new way by listening and learning at the same time. You’ll read about the history of ballet and its most famous dancers, composers, and choreographers. You’ll find out a little bit about the different ballet steps and positions (and get a chance to try them yourself). And best of all, you’ll read the wonderful stories of the world’s greatest ballets, and, as the stories unfold, you can listen to pieces of music from some of them. Soon, you will be a ballet expert!

Angelina’s Ballet Class (Angelina Ballerina) by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig  Ages 4-8

Product Description
Come along as Angelina spins, twirls, and dances her way through Miss Lilly’s ballet class. With instructions for each step, little girls can learn to dance just like Angelina! Cardstock pages and ribbons are included to make your own flip book to make Angelina dance!

Ballerina! by Peter Sis  Ages 4-8

Product Description
Do you love to dance?
If so, this is the book for you!
Twist!
Stretch!
Reach!
Leap!
Be a swan!
Be a tiger!
Be a flame!
Be a ballerina!

Ballerina Girl by Kirsten Hall  Ages 4-8

Product Description
Young children will love learning to read with these storybooks. Once they can recognize and identify the words used to tell each story, the will be able to successfully read on their own. Features a word list.

Ballet Kitty: Ballet Class by Bernette Ford and Sam Williams  Ages 4-8

Product Description

Encore! Young dance fans will clap and cheer as the enormously popular star of Ballet Kitty returns for a repeat performance. And this time, she’s embarking on a brand new adventure: her very first real ballet class.
Dressed in their prettiest slippers and leotards, Kitty and her friend Princess Pussycat are all prepared to do perfect pliés and glide gracefully across the floor. Their pal Ginger Tom isn’t so sure about ballet, though; he’s wearing sneakers and shorts and grumpily saying, “I don’t want to go!” But by the end of class everyone’s learned that even without the right costume a dancer can deserve a big round of applause.
Bernette Ford and Sam Williams have created a charming, lighthearted story that will appeal to any ballet-loving child and provide young ballerinas and danseurs with an introduction to dance class, too.
Ballet of the Elephants by Leda Schubert and Robert Andrew Parker  Ages 4-8
Product Description

Sparking watercolors-and-ink illustrations dance across the page and spill out onto a horizontal foldout of elephants and ballerinas spotlighted together–in the true story of “Circus Polka,” choreographed in 1942 by George Balanchine, with music by Igor Stravinsky and performances by John Ringling North’s elephants. Robert Andrew Parker brings his love of theater, dance, and costume to this captivating story. Leda Schubert’s background note includes black-and-white photos of the actual performance.

Ballet School by Naia Bray-Moffatt and David Handley  Ages 4-8

Product Description
Transport young readers into a real ballet class with Ballet School! Beautiful full color photography captures children learning how to form the five positions, perform basic dance techniques, and put on a recital. Follow along with the class as they learn how to warm up before practicing, perform jumps and leaps, execute the perfect final curtsy or bow, and much more.Ballet School captivates by showing the gracefulness of ballet in the atmosphere of a real class, letting children learn what to expect from a ballet class. Whether reading about how to dress for a performance, observing the difference between pointe shoes and slippers, or learning how to tell a story through ballet, young dancers will love this very special introduction to the world of dance.
Ellen Tebbits by Beverly Cleary and Tracy Dockray  Ages 9-12

Product DescriptionEllen was eight years old and wore bands on her teeth. Her best friend had just moved away and she missed her. Still, as she walked to the Spofford School of the Dance one Saturday, she was almost glad she had no best friend. Best friends do not have secrets from each other, and Ellen had a secret she did not want to share with anyone. But by the time the dancing lesson was over (surely the most devastating dancing lesson on record), Ellen had found a best friend and shared her secret. The best friend was Austine, and the secret was that Ellen was wearing woolen underwear. So was Austine!This whole book is a cause for rejoicing, for Mrs. Cleary has done it again. Ellen Tebbits is as funny as Henry Huggins. Perhaps it is even funnier. The children who read it will decide for themselves. Louis Darling, who has provided the wonderful illustrations, has already made his decision. He calls it a draw.

I Wear My Tutu Everywhere! by Wendy Cheyette Lewison  Ages 4-8

Product Description
When Tilly wants to wear her tutu all the time and rips it on the playground, Mama surprises her with the best place to wear it–dancing class.

Ballet Music

Ballet Videos

Ballet Clip Art

Ballet Coloring Pages