Who Wouldn’t Want to be a Ballerina? New Kids’ Books

April 30, 2016 | shannon k.

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There is just something about ballerinas. Their elegance, athleticism, costumes and music enchant thousands of people daily around the world. This enchantment often begins at a very young age. These three new picture books give young readers a glimpse into what it might be like to be an honest to goodness ballerina!

Ballerinas and What They Do  Ballerina Gets Ready  Emma and Julia Love Ballet

Ballerinas and What They Do by Liesbet Slegers

From the clothes and shoes that ballet dancers wear, to the healthy foods that they eat, Liesbet Slegers gives an overview for the very young of what it is like to be a ballet dancer. This guide includes information in the back of the book of the five positions of ballet, inviting the reader to try them out for themselves.

Ballerina Gets Ready by Allegra Kent, Illustrated by Catherine Stock

Allegra Kent is a ballerina who danced for many years with the New York City Ballet. This is her second picture book for children. She previously published Ballerina Swan in 2012. In her follow-up picture book, Kent describes a typical day in a professional ballet dancer’s life in New York City. From the moment she gets up, to when the curtain rises for the performance and “the magic begins”, readers learn how much hard work and dedication goes into ballet dancing as a profession.

Emma and Julia Love Ballet by Barbara McClintock

Emma and Julia do love ballet! This picture book shows young Emma opposite Julia as they both prepare for ballet class. Emma is beginning her journey into a world of dancing, while Julia is a professional dancer preparing for a performance that Emma will attend!

This June, the National Ballet of Canada will be holding the world premiere of the ballet version of a beloved children’s literature classic, Le Petit Prince (translated in English to The Little Prince.) Something not to be missed for sure!