Monday, March 8, 2010

Resources for Children: Ballet

I’m positive this isn’t a complete list, but there’s still a lot here. There’s no doubt that ballet is a beautiful art form. Add in all the great music and fairy tales (Sleeping Beauty, Firebird, Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppelia, etc.) and you’ve got perfect material for dreamers. Let me know what I’ve left out—I appreciate the feedback.

Alvin AileyAlvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney, illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Backstage Robert Maiorano and Rachel Isadora

Ballet BunniesBallet Bunnies by Joan Elizabeth Goodman

Ballet of the ElephantsBallet of the Elephants by Leda Schubert, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker

Ballet SchoolBallet School by Naia Bray-Moffat and David Handley

The Barefoot Book of Ballet StoriesThe Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple, illustrated by Rebecca Guay

Dance of the Swan: The Story About Anna Pavlova (A Creative Minds Biography)Dance of the Swan: A Story about Anna Pavlova (Creative Minds Biographies), by Barbara Allman, illustrated by Shelly O. Haas

FirebirdThe Firebird by Jane Yolen, illustrated by Vladimir Vagin

Firebird adapted by Rachel Isadora

The Harlem NutcrackerThe Harlem Nutcracker based on the ballet by Donald Byrd, text and photography by Susan Kurklin

I Dreamed I Was a BallerinaI Dreamed I was a Ballerina by Anna Pavlova

Isadora Dances (Picture Puffins)Isadora Dances Rachel Isadora

Jake the Ballet DogJake the Ballet Dog by Karen LeFrak, illustrated by Marcin Barnaski

Lili at Ballet (Paperstar Book)Lili at Ballet by Rachel Isadora

Lili on StageLili on Stage by Rachel Isadora

Lili Backstage (Picture Puffins)Lili Backstage by Rachel Isadora

Max (Reading Rainbow Book)Max Rachel Isadora

My Ballet ClassMy Ballet Class by Rachel Isadora

My Ballet Diary by Rachel Isadora

Not Just TutusNot Just Tutus Rachel Isadora

The NutcrackerThe Nutcracker by Susan Jeffers

Nutcracker BalletThe Nutcracker Ballet by Vladimir Vagin

On Your Toes: A Ballet ABCOn Your Toes: A Ballet ABC Rachel Isadora

Opening Night by Rachel Isadora

The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet (Random House Book of...)The Random House Book of Stories from the Ballet retold by Geraldine McCaughrean, illustrated by Angela Barrett

Swan Lake (Paperstar)Swan Lake: A Ballet Story adapted & illustrated by Rachel Isadora

A Very Young Dancer by Jill Krementz

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