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Dance books for kids

Are your kids tired of staying inside, or are you a young person in search of a cool summer activity? Try dancing at home! This collection of story books and non-fiction books for toddlers and grade school-aged children is sure to get anyone tapping and twirling.

Dance by Andrée Grau

This Eyewitness Book is a visual encyclopedia for dance history and styles. The fascinating color photographs on each page make it a great resource for homework, dance class and the curious young dancer.

I Can Dance by Betsy Snyder
A board book with cutouts lets readers dance with their fingers. Ideal for reading to very young children.

Let’s Dance! by George Ancona

An introduction to folk dances from around the world. Perfect for learning more about dance and other cultures, this book is a good resource for grade school-aged children.

How Do You Dance? by Thyra Heder

This light-hearted picture book encourages dance as a fun, simple and instinctive activity. Ideal for toddlers and younger children who want to have fun.

Dance by Bill T. Jones and Susan Kuklin, photographed by Susan Kuklin
Legendary choreographer Bill T. Jones introduces basic dance technique with striking photographs and poetic text. Suggested for young dance students who want to learn more about their craft.

My Friend Maya Loves to Dance by Cheryl Willis Hudson, illustrated by Eric Velasquez

Maya is a little girl who loves to dance: ballet, tap, jazz...everything. Excellent for a child who loves stories about ballerinas and princesses, or for a child who needs to see an inspiring African American role model.

Brianna, Jamaica, and the Dance of Spring by Juanita Havill, illustrated by Anne Sibley O’Brien

Brianna and Jamaica both want to dance the role of the Butterfly Queen, but Brianna’s older sister Nikki gets the part. What will happen when Nikki gets sick?

Got to Dance by M.C. Helldorfer, illustrated by Hiroe Nakata
A little girl dances away her summer boredom with the help of her Grandpa. This picture book is recommended for younger readers.

To Dance: a Memoir by Siena Cherson Siegel, illustrated by Mark Siegel 
The author was a dancer with the New York City Ballet who worked with George Balanchine. She writes about her childhood in Puerto Rico and her experiences training to be a dancer at the School of American Ballet. This fully illustrated graphic novel is recommended for readers ages 10 and up.

Plus, check out recordings of the best dance of the 20th and 21st centuries with Alexander Street's database Dance in Video -- and be sure to browse DCPL's collection of dance-related DVDs. A great place to start is with Sesame Street Dance Party!, in which all your favorite Muppets try different dance forms with the help of famous friends like Jason Derulo and Janelle Monáe; little ones will have lots of fun with Big Bird, Zoe and more.