Each ballet company has its own interpretation of The Nutcracker story. Expand your collection of picture books covering this classic holiday ballet.
picture books for dance
Maurice Sendak illustrates this stunning hardcover version of the classic tale by E.T.A. Hoffmann. Hoffmann’s story and Sendak’s drawings are a perfect prelude to the beloved Christmas ballet.
Looking through the list of dance-related picture books that were released in the United States in 2011, three unique categories of books stand out. Picture Books & Pirouettes blogger, Kerry Aradhya looks at little ballerina characters who could give Angelina a run for her money, Spanish and Latin American dance, and books that explore the joy of movement.
Children’s books publishers are emphasizing diversity in their lists, and dance picture books are among those benefiting from this trend. These diverse books are a healthy mix of fiction and nonfiction, poetry and prose, and text and pictures targeting toddlers to tweens. Kerry Aradhya brings us this sampling…