How Can You Dance? by Rick Walton and Ana Lopez-Escriva. This rhyming book encourages young children to dance like kangaroos, trees, foxes, and more. Ages 2+
Color Dance by Ann Jonas. When my daughter was 3 years old this was one of her favorite books. Like Mouse Paint, Color Dance teaches children about mixing colors. Dancers with colored scarves show children what happens when red, yellow, blue, white, grey, and black are mixed together. Ages 3+
Dance by Bill Jones and Susan Kuklin. Captivating images of dancer Bill Jones introduce young children to modern dance. Dance can be used to encourage kids to move their bodies in new ways. Another great children’s book for introducing kids to modern dance is Pilobolus’s The Human Alphabet. Ages 1+
Max by Rachel Isadora. A story about a boy, Max, who tries out his older sister’s ballet class and is won over. Max includes delightful Norman Rockwell-esque illustrations of Max and other kids dancing. Ages 2+
Tanya and Emily in a Dance for Two by Patricia Lee Gauch and Satomi Ichikawa. Tanya is an appealling character — a spunky girl who loves to dance. In Tanya and Emily in a Dance for Two, Tanya and Emily become friends and help each other become better dancers. If you enjoy this story, check out other stories about Tanya, including Tanya’s Red Shoes and Dance, Tanya. All portray dancing as challenging and fun. Ages 3+
Alvin Ailey by Andrea Davis Pinkney and Brian Pinkney. An autobiography of Alvin Ailey, an African-American choreographer who helped popularize modern dance. This autobiography describes Ailey’s early influences, training, creation of the Alvin Ailey Dance Company, and choreography of his most popular work Revelations. Ages 5+
What are your favourites?