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by Rebecca Bender
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: k to 2
tagged: dance, humorous stories, dogs, self-esteem & self-reliance


The award-winning creator of the Giraffe and Bird books introduces Dotty the dancing dachshund, celebrating the gifts of those who struggle to "sit" and "stay"

Dotty the dachshund knows she was born to dance ballet. When told to sit, she does a plié. Asked to stay, she does an assemblé. Fed up with Dotty’s lack of discipline, Mrs. Austere sends …


Bharatanatyam in Ballet Shoes

by Mahak Jain, illustrated by Anu Chouhan
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 7
  • Grade: p to 2
tagged: dance, self-esteem & self-reliance, asian american

“A necessary tool for helping children understand and develop cultural competency and compassion early on.” —School Library Journal

A girl explores her love of dancing and her cultural identity in a lively picture book with echoes of the real-life collaboration between Bharatanatyam icon Rukmini Devi Arundale and ballerina Anna Pavlova. 

Paro c …


Dinosaur Dance-off

by Jorden Foss, illustrated by Sara Theuerkauf
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 7
  • Grade: 1 to 12
tagged: dinosaurs & prehistoric creatures, humorous stories, multigenerational, dance

A dancing dinosaur discovers his family has some sweet moves

Darwin the Dinosaur loves to dance, but he needs someone to join his troupe. When Mom and Dad offer to show him their moves, Darwin laughs. There’s no way his prehistoric parents can groove like him, he thinks … until they show off some funky Jurassic dance steps! When Grandma arrives …


Disaster at the Highland Games

by Riel Nason, illustrated by Nathasha Pilotte
edition: Paperback
  • age: 4 to 10
  • Grade: p to 5
tagged: dance

Kate loves going to Highland dance class each week and is thrilled when her teacher suggests she compete at the Highland Games for the first time. Kate agrees to practice, but quickly changes her mind when she realises it's not as much fun to dance at home alone as it is with friends in class. And, besides, she figures her dancing is already good e …


Leopold's Leotard

by Rhiannon Wallace, illustrated by Risa Hugo
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 3 to 5
  • Grade: p to k
tagged: dance, imagination & play, boys & men, humorous stories

Leopold loves to dance!

He dances everywhere he goes. When his dance teacher announces the year-end recital, Leopold hopes he will get to be a graceful bird. Alas, no such luck. Miss Linda says the dancers are going to be bees. But Leopold doesn’t want to be a buzzing little bee. He wants to be tall and elegant like an ostrich! When the big night …


Son of Happy

by Cary Fagan, illustrated by Milan Pavlović
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: humorous stories, business, careers, occupations, dance, emotions & feelings

How would you feel if your dad were a clown?

The boy in this story never wants to go to his friends’ birthday parties, because Happy the Clown is always there. And Happy is … his dad.

He wishes his dad had a regular job, like all the other kids’ parents. He didn’t mind his dad being a clown when he was a little kid, but now it’s just embarr …


Siha Tooskin Knows the Love of the Dance

by Charlene Bearhead & Wilson Bearhead, illustrated by Chloe Bluebird Mustooch
edition: eBook
  • age: 9 to 11
  • Grade: 3 to 5
tagged: native canadian, dance, new experience

Paul Wahasaypa—Siha Tooskin—has invited his friend, Jeff, to a powwow. It’s Jeff’s very first powwow, and is he ever nervous! What if he says or does the wrong thing? Grass dancers, Fancy Shawl dancers, Chicken dancers—what does it all mean? Follow along as Jeff learns all about the dances and their beautiful traditions. See you at the po …

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