Many preschoolers take dance lessons before they even begin kindergarten. A dance-themed storytime can be a lot of fun, especially if the kids get to move around to music in between stories. For an art project, you can make ballerina paper dolls.
- Allen, Debbie. DANCING IN THE WINGS. Sassy is told she is “too tall” to be a lead in the ballet, but she proves them wrong!
- Asch, Frank. MOONDANCE. Bear gets his wish to dance with the moon.
- DePaola, Tomie. OLIVER BUTTON IS A SISSY. Oliver takes tap dance lessons despite the teasing from his classmates.
- Dorros, Arthur. TEN GO TANGO. Animals do various dances in this rhythmic counting book.
- Hest, Amy. MABEL DANCING. While her parents host a party, Mabel is in her nightgown dancing on the stairs.
- Isadora, Rachel. MAX. The best of Isadora’s many picture books featuring dance, this has Max visiting his sister’s dance class on the way to his baseball game.
- Isadora, Rachel. MY BALLET CLASS. Kids can move along with what is described in this book.
- Isadora, Rachel. OPENING NIGHT. Heather experiences opening night in her first dance recital.
- Isadora, Rachel. LILY ON STAGE. Lily gets a part in “The Nutcracker.” Also see LILY AT BALLET, and LILY BACKSTAGE.
- Jonas, Ann. COLOR DANCE. Three dancers use scarves to make colors.
- Marshall, James. THE CUT-UPS CARRY ON. Spud and Joe take ballroom dancing lessons.
- Mathers, Petra. SOPHIE AND LOU. Shy Sophie the mouse is afraid to enroll in dance class.
- Walton, Rick. HOW CAN YOU DANCE? Explore the many ways you can dance – like a marching band, or like a tree in the breeze.
Penny Peck, San Leandro Public Library