Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

Here are our top ten recommendations if you are looking for the best books to read in Children's Dance Books. We have made sure our list is diverse to cater to the interests of different types of readers.

1. Giraffes Can't Dance

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

The bestselling Giraffes Can't Dance is now a board book! Giraffes Can't Dance is a touching tale of Gerald the giraffe, who wants nothing more than to dance. With crooked knees and thin legs, it's harder for a giraffe than you would think. Gerald is finally able to dance to his own tune when he gets some encouraging words from an unlikely friend.With light-footed rhymes and high-stepping illustrations, this tale is gentle inspiration for every child with dreams of greatness.

  • Author: Giles Andreae
  • Publisher: Cartwheel Books; 1st edition (March 1, 2012)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-0545392556
  • Dimensions: 12.25 x 9.75 x 0.5 inches


2. Barnyard Dance! (Boynton on Board)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

Everybody sing along—because it's time to do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of board books, here is BARNYARD DANCE, with Sandra Boynton's twirling pigs, fiddle-playing cows, and other unforgettable animals. Extra-big, extra-fat, and extra-fun, BARNYARD DANCE features lively rhyming text and a die-cut cover that reveals the wacky characters inside. Guaranteed to get kids and adults stomping their feet. The "Barnyard Dance! song, performed by John Stey, is available for download. For ages 0-4. Oversized lap edition also available—perfect for reading aloud!

  • Author: Sandra Boynton
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography


3. Stomp, Wiggle, Clap, and Tap: My First Book of Dance

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

Shake, rattle, and roll with this fun dance book for toddlers Toddlers are natural dancers and they love to move! Channel toddlers’ energy and help them develop balance, coordination, and control with the help of this engaging choice in dance books for toddlers. Moving along with the story will help stimulate little brains and provide a fun, creative way to build spatial awareness. Tons of colorful pictures offer toddlers visual clues for the movements, and rhyming words make reading aloud feel like music! Movement and motor skills ―Little ones will begin by isolating individual body parts, like their hands, hips, arms, and toes. Dynamic dancing ―Toddlers will harness their imagination to dance the prancing pony, flapping chicken, and twirling pinwheel. Keep the fun going ―Explore a list of online dance videos and resources to help them keep moving and developing even when the book is finished. Set the stage for an active childhood with this standout in toddler books!

  • Author: Rachelle Burk
  • Publisher: Rockridge Press (June 1, 2021)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-1648768385
  • Dimensions: 7.99 x 0.14 x 7.99 inches


4. Fancy Nancy: Budding Ballerina

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

What starts out as dancing school just for Dad quickly turns into a ballet class for Nancy's whole family. Fans of Fancy Nancy will delight in learning to plié, pirouette, and jeté with Nancy as she demonstrates all of the positions she's learned in ballet class. From the New York Times bestselling team Jane O'Connor and Robin Preiss Glasser, who have entertained millions of girls and boys with the Fancy Nancy series.

  • Author: Jane O'Connor
  • Publisher: HarperFestival; Illustrated edition (October 8, 2013)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-0062086280
  • Dimensions: 8 x 0.05 x 8 inches


5. Ballet Lesson (Peppa Pig)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

Peppa Pig goes to her very first ballet lesson where she learns a graceful dance routine. But when Peppa decides to teach Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig how to dance, too, she finds out they might just have some dance moves of their own!

  • Author: Elizabeth Schaefer
  • Publisher: Scholastic Inc. (July 29, 2014)
  • Genre: Kindle Store, Kindle eBooks, Children's eBooks


6. I'm a Ballerina! (Little Golden Book)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

A little girl invites us into her ballet class, and later performs onstage (gulp!) in her first recital. Young readers will enjoy seeing what happens in a class, and young ballerinas will see themselves in this book.

  • Author: Sue Fliess
  • Publisher: Golden Books; Illustrated edition (July 14, 2015)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-0553497588
  • Dimensions: 6.56 x 0.18 x 8 inches


7. Angelina Ballerina

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

In an encore performance, Angelina Ballerina returns in this refreshed picture book from acclaimed author Katharine Holabird and celebrated artist Helen Craig! Angelina is a pretty little mouse who wants nothing more than to be a ballerina. She dances all the time—at home, at school, even in her dreams! In fact, she’s so busy dancing that she forgets all about the other things she’s supposed to do, like cleaning her room and joining her family for breakfast! Her parents don’t know what to do—especially after her arabesques in the kitchen knock over the milk! Then one day they come up with an idea that will change Angelina’s life forever… With Katharine Holabird’s lively writing and Helen Craig’s charming illustrations, the original story, now refreshed and re-released, will continue keeping a whole new generation of young ballerinas leaping with delight.

  • Author: Katharine Holabird
  • Publisher: Little Simon; Illustrated edition (August 27, 2019)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-1534451513
  • Dimensions: 10.4 x 0.4 x 8.6 inches


8. The Story Orchestra: Swan Lake: Press the note to hear Tchaikovsky's music (The Story Orchestra, 4)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

Discover the spellbinding magic of Swan Lake in this musical retelling of the ballet – push the button on each beautiful scene to hear the vivid sound of an orchestra playing from Tchaikovsky’s score. This tale of a prince, a beautiful swan princess and an evil sorcerer begins in a woodland clearing far, far away. It is Prince Siegfried’s 21st birthday. He is playing games with his friends when his mother, the Queen, arrives to tell him he needs to stop having fun and start looking after the kingdom. Prince Siegfried dreams of running away. He follows an enchanting flock of swans to a clearing by a lake, where four of the little cygnets begin to dance. The most beautiful swan transforms into the Princess Odette , who tells him that she has been cursed to turn into a swan by day and return to her natural form at night by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. As the prince and Odette dance, they begin to fall in love. The story follows Prince Siegfried as he attends his birthday party, is tricked into proposing to Von Rothbart’s daughter Odile and returns to the lake to battle the evil sorcerer. Will the prince be reunited with his swan princess? As you and your little one journey through the magical scenes, you will press the buttons to hear 10 excerpts from the ballet’s music . At the back of the book, find a short biography of the composer, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, with details about his composition of Swan Lake. Next to this, you can replay the musical excerpts and, for each of them, read a discussion of the instruments, rhythms and musical techniques that make them so powerful. A glossary defines musical terms. The Story Orchestra series brings classical music to life for children through gorgeously illustrated retellings of classic ballet, opera, and program music stories paired with 10-second sound clips of orchestras playing from their musical scores. With The Story Orchestra keyboard sound books, children can play the famous melodies themselves with the sound of a real grand piano.   Also available from the Story Orchestra series : The Magic Flute , I Can Play (vol 1) , Carnival of the Animals , The Sleeping Beauty , The Nutcracker , and Four Seasons in One Day . Manufacturer’s note:  please pull the white tab out of the back of the book before use. Sound buttons require a firm push in exact location to work, which may be hard for young children. All sound clips are 10 seconds long. The perfect primer to introduce children to classical music.

  • Author: Katy Flint
  • Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children's Books; New edition (October 1, 2019)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-0711241503
  • Dimensions: 10.8 x 1.3 x 12.2 inches


9. Flora and the Flamingo (Flora and Her Feathered Friends Books, Baby Books for Girls, Baby Girl Book, Picture Book for Toddlers)

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

In this innovative wordless picture book with interactive flaps, Flora and her graceful flamingo friend explore the trials and joys of friendship through an elaborate synchronized dance. With a twist, a turn, and even a flop, these unlikely friends learn at last how to dance together in perfect harmony. Full of humor and heart, this stunning performance (and splashy ending!) will have readers clapping for more of this fun flamingo story! For more feathery fun with the flamingo girls, pick up more preschool wordless books like Flora and the Penguin , Flora and the Peacocks , Flora and the Chicks , Flora and the Ostrich , or Flora and Friends Matching Game .

  • Author: Molly Idle
  • Publisher: Chronicle Books; Illustrated edition (February 5, 2013)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-1452110066
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 0.5 x 10.5 inches


10. Dancing in the Wings

Top 10 Best Books to Read in Children's Dance Books - August 2021

Sassy is a long-legged girl who always has something to say. She wants to be a ballerina more than anything, but she worries that her too-large feet, too-long legs, and even her big mouth will keep her from her dream. When a famous director comes to visit her class, Sassy does her best to get his attention with her high jumps and bright leotard. Her first attempts are definitely not appreciated, but with Sassy's persistence, she just might be able to win him over. Dancing in the Wings is loosely based on actress/choreographer Debbie Allen's own experiences as a young dancer.

  • Author: Debbie Allen
  • Publisher: Puffin Books; Illustrated edition (December 1, 2003)
  • Genre: Children's Books, Arts, Music & Photography
  • ISBN: 978-0142501412
  • Dimensions: 10.7 x 8.3 x 0.2 inches