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Dance Picture Books

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Body Parts

From Head to Toe - Eric Carle

Movement Directions

Bug Dance – Stuart J. Murphy

Explores beginner math skills

Music included

How Can You Dance? – Rick Walton & Ana López-Escrivá

Bug Dance By Stuart J. Murphy


Barnyard Dance – Sandra Boynton

Includes movement vocabulary: prance, slide, bow, trot, leap, spin, bounce, strut and twirl

Dancing Feet! -  Lindsey Craig

This book explores beats with different animals.

Giraffes Cant Dance – Giles Andreae

Message: It's ok to be different and find your own style.

Stomp, Wiggle, Clap and Tap: My First Book of Dance - Rachelle Burk

You Are a Lion! And Other Fun Yoga Poses by Tae-Eun Yoo

Ballet Boy By Anfaney Gladwin

Boys in Dance

Ballet Boy - Anfaney Gladwin

Message: No one is perfect.

Ballet Boys Coloring & Craft Book - Vanessa Salgado

Ballet with Heart - Emily Joof

Black Boys Dance Too: Darnell Enters a Talent Show - Jamal Josef

Boys Dance! - John Robert Allman

This book introduces readers to an all boys ballet class and beginning vocabulary.

Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage - George Ancona

Animal Movements

Clap Your Hands - Lorinda Bryan Cauley

Doing the Animal Bop – Jan Ormerod & Lindsey Gardiner

Music CD included

Move! - Robin Page

Includes traveling vocabulary

Dance Genres

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic By Whoopi Goldberg & Deborah Underwood
Tip-Tap Pop By Sarah Lynn


B is for Ballet: A Dance Alphabet - John Robert Allman

This book highlights ballet vocabulary, choreographers and famous ballets.

¿Baila usted? / Do You Dance?  - María Del Sol Peralta

Beautiful Magical Amazing BALLET (A Mia Book) – Mary Lee

This book has themes of the first day of school and teamwork.

Bunheads - Misty Copeland

This book tells a story of Copeland's first dance class and auditioning for roles.

Dance of the Feathers (Hola, Lola!) - Keka Novales

Message: All roles in dance are important.

Dancing in the Wings – Debbie Allen

Message: It is OK to be different.

Persistence, self-esteem,  self-control

Sugarplum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic and Toeshoe Trouble – Whoopi Goldberg & Deborah Underwood

The Night Before the Nutcracker (American Ballet Theatre)- John Robert Allman

Welcome to Ballet School - Ashley Bouder

Hip Hop

Hip-Hop Lollipop - Susan McElroy Montanari

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: 50 Inspiring Poems with a Beat - Nikki Giovanni

When the Beat was Born: DJ Kool Herc and the Creation of Hip Hop - Laban Carrick Hill


Rap A Tap Tap Here’s Bojangles - Think of that  – Leo & Diane Dillon

Tap Dance Fever – Pat Brisson

That Rat Can Tap! - Dawn Kenniston

Tip-Tap Pop – Sarah Lynn

Includes Tap vocabulary

Country References


Drumbeat in Our Feet – Patricia A. Keeler & Júlio T.  Leitão

This book describes history and percussive beats.


Suki’s Kimono - Chieri Uegaki

This book describes a late summer Japanese Obon dance festival.



Lupita's First Dance / El primer baile de Lupita - Lupe Ruiz-Flores

Bilingual book about a girl's Mexican folk dance performance.


Multi-Country Books

Let's Dance! - Valerie Bolling

This book takes early readers on a journey exploring 10 dances from around the world


Lola’s Fandango - Anna Witte

Flamenco Dance


United States - Native American

Bowwow Powwow – Brenda J. Child

Dancing with the Indians  - Angela Shelf Medearis

Describes percussive beats: gentle versus hard

Jingle Dancer –Cynthia Leitich Smith

Book about the Jingle folk dance

POW Wow: Niimiwin – Everyone Dance – Leah Savage

Book about the Ojibwe culture and Powwows

Drumbeat in our Feet By Patricia A. Keeler & Julio T. Leitao
Bowwow Powwow By Brenda J. Child


Dragon Dancing By Carole Lexa Schaefer
The Nutcracker Doll By Mary Newell DePamela

February – Chinese New Year

Dragon Dancing – Carole Lexa Schaefer

Lion Dancer: Ernie Wan’s Chinese New Year - Kate Waters

October - Halloween

Behind the Mask - Yangsook Choi

Korean Folk Dance

Frank was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance – Keith Graves

Message on stage performance and giving it your all.

Shake Dem Halloween Bones - Mike Reed

Hip hop rhyming text with classic fair-tale characters.

Skeleton Shake – Illustrated by Liz Conrad

Halloween Party Dance  book for Ages 3+


The Nutcracker Doll – Mary Newell DePamela

Message: There are no small parts in a performance.


A Bailar!/ Let's Dance!  -Judith Ortiz Cofer

Bilingual book about a family salsa dancing in their community.

Barn Dance! – Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault

Square dancing

Call Me Tree / Llamame Arbol – Maya Christina Gonzalez

This book contains imagery and helps with improvisation and interpretation.

Dance – Bill T. Jones and Susan Kuklin

Picture book of body shapes

Dance/iBailo! (Amazing Me! / ¡soy Sorprendente!) - Carol Thompson

Dinosaurumpus – Tony Mitton

Loud percussive story

The Jellybeans and the Big Dance – Laura Numeroff & Nate Evans

Message: Overcoming stage fright

Kitchen Dance - Maurie J. Manning

Written in English and Spanish

Movement Stories for Children Ages 3-6 – Helen Landalf & Pamela Gerka

This book includes a variety of stories, music and instructional tools.

Dance-It-Out Creative Movement Stories for Kids – Once Upon A Dance

A series of interactive stories that incorporate movement terminology with social emotional learning skills.

Classroom Favorites:

Princess Naomi Helps a Unicorn

Joey Finds His Jump

Dancing Shapes: Ballet and Body Awareness for Young Dancers

Pete the Cat and the Cool Cat Boogie – Kimberly & James Dean

Message: Be yourself.

The Night Before My Dance Recital - Natasha Wing

Story about the preparation for a recital.

Kitchen Dance By Maurie J. Manning
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