Summer Reading for Dancers!

If this heat wave hasn’t proven this to you already, summer is NOT over!  Which means you still have time left to do some summer reading?  Looking for some recommendations for dance books to read at the beach or the pool? Here are a few of my favorites!

For Children:

Degas and The Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt

Ballet Shoes by Noel Streatfield (and really all the books in this series!)

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Of Swans, Sugarplums, and Satin Slippers by Violette Verdy (this was my favorite growing up!!)

Angelina Ballerina series by Katharine Holabird and Helen Craig

Ballerina, My Story by Darci Kistler

For teens/adults:

Dancing On My Grave by Gelsey Kirkland

Mao’s Last Dancer by Li Cunxin

Nureyev by Julie Kavanagh

Blood Memory by Martha Graham

So You Want to Be a Dancer by Matthew Shaffer

Maria Tallchief: America’s Prima Ballerina by Maria Tallchief and Larry Kaplan

George Balanchine: The Ballet Maker by Robert Gottlieb

Misty Copeland: An Unlikely Ballerina by Misty Copeland

These are just a few-there are many many more great reads out there!  ABDC has a few of these books in our library-check out our adorable new bookcase!  Have any favorites to add to the list, or any books you’d like to see added to our collection?  Please comment and let us know!

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