Great Dance and Ballet Books for boys!

Finding a book about dance is easy! But finding a book about dance or ballet or any other style where the main characters or information is either gender-balanced or about boys, is not so easy!

Great dance and ballet books for boys include images or photos that boys are easily able to identify with. They are either gender-balanced or include main male characters in their storyline. They focus on providing information for boys and males about dance.

In our society, there is definitely a permeating stigma around boys and dance which although is constantly being broken down is still a contributing factor to the numbers of boys and males taking up the hobby and profession. It is also a contributing fact to the types of literature available on dance. Most books about dance are about girls or women, and those that do include males may have one or two, per say for example ten females. And yes this possibly accurately currently describes many dance studio classrooms (many which have only 1 or 2 male dancers in their entire schools!), but to make dance more attractive to boys we need to be diligent in providing more images and resources that showcase boys dancing to encourage more to do so which is why I created this list.

I also realised after reading some of ‘Men who Dance’ by Peter Lang that some of the books on this list also perpetuate the narrative within society that dance is somehow not normal for boys to do and that joining in a dance class or becoming a male dancer is an aspiration thwart with obstacles mainly that dance and in particular ballet is for girls, and that boys who dance have to overcome adversity to do so.

I just want to write a little disclaimer here as the mother of two girls and two boys.

  • YES, these books can absolutely be given and read to little girls as well.
  • YES, I know that dinosaurs, mosters and pirates are not just for boys, but having boys I know that they enjoy reading about them which is why I included books about dance and things like dinosaurs on this list.
  • YES, books about little girls dancing should also be read by boys, but are not on this list because they are generally easier to find.
  • YES to any other argument you might have about gender neutrality, sexism etc…

And so lets get on with the list……

Dance Books for boys 0-4 years old

Dinosaur Dance

Title: Dinosaur Dance!
Author: Sandra Boynton
Ages: 1-5 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Join Boynton’s lively prehistoric bunch as they get everyone’s tails shaking for a feet-stomping good time. Whether they dance the Shimmy Shimmy Shake, the Quivery Quake, or just decide to Cha-Cha-Cha, young readers are sure to giggle along with these adorable creatures that are ready for a ROARING good time!


Barnyard Dance

Title: Barnyard Dance
Author: Sandra Boynton
Ages: 1-5 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Everybody sing along—because it’s time to do-si-do in the barnyard with a high-spirited animal crew! From Boynton on Board, the bestselling series of board books, here is BARNYARD DANCE, with Sandra Boynton’s twirling pigs, fiddle-playing cows, and other unforgettable animals. Extra-big, extra-fat, and extra-fun, BARNYARD DANCE features lively rhyming text and a die-cut cover that reveals the wacky characters inside.


Let’s Dance Little Pookie

Title: Let’s Dance little Pookie
Author: Sandra Boynton
Ages: 1-5 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Are you ready to do the piggy-piggy shake? Then put on your snazzy sneakers and join the dance party as Little Pookie boogies to a Pookie-Pookie beat. With Sandra Boynton’s signature charm and piggy pizzazz, this fabulous story proves that every Little Pookie loves to shimmy!


Matisse Dance with Joy

Title: Matisse Dance with Joy
Author: Susan Goldman Rubin
Ages: 0-4 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Here in the latest addition to our contemporary art board-book series, Henri Matisse’s exuberant cut-paper art leaps off the page, accompanied by simple, lyrical text sure to delight the very young.


Dance

Title: Dance
Author: Matthew Van Fleet
Ages: 2 and up

BOOK BLURB:
From the #1 New York Times bestselling children’s book creator Matthew Van Fleet comes a laugh-out-loud, jazzy story of a little baby chick who learns how to dance from a friendly band of animals who know all the right moves!


Dancing Feet!

Title: Dancing Feet!
Author: Lindsey Craig
Illustrator: Marc Brown
Ages: 2 -5 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Clickity! Clickity! Long green feet!  
Who is dancing that clickity beat?


Barn Dance

Title: Barn Dance
Author: Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault
Illustrator: Ted Rand
Ages: 3-5

BOOK BLURB:
Beckoned by the voice, the boy sneaks downstairs, out the door, and walks toward the barn. As he gets closer he hears the sweet sound of a country fiddler and the rhythmic thumping of dancing feet. But who could possibly be having a barn dance in the middle of the night?


Elephants Cannot Dance!

Title: Elephants Cannot Dance
Author: Mo Willems
Ages: 3-5 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Gerald is careful. Piggie is not.
Piggie cannot help smiling. Gerald can. Gerald worries so that Piggie does not have to. Gerald and Piggie are best friends.


The Tip-Tap Dancing Cat

Title: The Tip-Tap Dancing Cat
Author: Joanna Boyle
Ages: 2-5 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Have you ever wondered what your cat gets up to when you’re not around?Oscar is a cat with a secret: he loves to dance! And as it happens, he’s good at it too. He can foxtrot and two-step, tap dance and salsa – and has even been known to FREESTYLE! This energetic picture book will leave readers all set to get up and get their dancing shoes on.


How Do You Dance

Title: How Do You Dance
Author: Thyra Heder
Ages: 3-7

BOOK BLURB:
There are so many ways to dance! You can jiggle or wiggle or stomp. You can bop or bounce or go completely nuts. You can dance at the market or the bus stop, with your fingers or your face. You can dance because you’re happy or even because you’re sad.  


Let’s Dance

Title: Let’s Dance
Author: Valerie Bolling
Illustrator: Maine Diaz
Ages: 3-7

BOOK BLURB:
Tap, twirl, twist, spin! With musical, rhyming text, author Valerie Bolling shines a spotlight on dances from across the globe, while energetic art from Maine Diaz shows off all the moves and the diverse people who do them. From the cha cha of Cuba to the stepping of Ireland, kids will want to leap, dip, and zip along with the dances on the page!


Harrison Dwight, Ballerina and Knight 

Title: Harrison Dwight, Ballerina and Knight 
Author:  Rachael MacFarlane 
Illustrator:  Spencer Laudiero 
Ages: 3-6 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Equal parts humor and heart, Harrison Dwight, Ballerina and Knight follows a young boy as he cycles through various feelings he experiences in every day life. Harrison feels happiness, sadness, pride, fear, joy, anger, and courage―all while playing and imagining without limitation! With Harrison Dwight, boys everywhere will feel empowered to play in whatever way they choose and learn that it’s always okay to express what you’re feeling inside!


Boys Dance Too! 

Title: Boys Dance Too! 
Author: Iris Wilson
Photographer: Rachel Neville
Ages: 3-7 Years

BOOK BLURB: From the author: It is my intention to bring the joy of the artistic expression we call dance to all boys who seek it…


Boys Dance! (American Ballet Theatre)

Title: Boys Dance! (American Ballet Theatre)
Author: John Robert Allman
Illustrator: Luciano Lozano
Ages: 3-7 Years

BOOK BLURB: Boys who love to dance are center stage in this encouraging, positive, rhyming picture book about guys who love to pirouette, jeté, and plié. Created in partnership with the American Ballet Theatre and with the input of their company’s male dancers, here is a book that shows ballet is for everyone.


Song and Dance Man

Title: Song and Dance Man
Author: Karen Ackerman
Illustrator: Stephen Gammell
Ages: 3-7 Years

BOOK BLURB: “In this affectionate story, three children follow their grandfather up to the attic, where he pulls out his old bowler hat, gold-tipped cane, and his tap shoes. Grandpa once danced on the vaudeville stage, and as he glides across the floor, the children can see what it was like to be a song and dance man…..


Drumheller Dinosaur Dance

Title: Drumheller Dinosaur Dance
Author: Robert Heidbreder 
Illustrator: Bill Slavin and Esperança Melo
Ages: 3-7 Years

BOOK BLURB: By daylight, the Drumheller dinosaurs rest their ancient bones. But when the moon rises, so do these slumbering skeletons — ready to tango, fandango, shimmy and shake! This exuberant read-aloud imagines what the dinosaur skeletons of world-famous Drumheller, Alberta, get up to when everyone’s asleep. Kids will want to thumpity-thump along with these dynamic dinos as they dance across the dark, dusty Badlands.


Little Yura Loves to Dance

Title: Little Yura Loves to Dance
Author: Garry Gekhman 
Illustrator: Agus Prajogo
Ages: 3-7 Years

BOOK BLURB: Little Yura loves to have fun and wants to be friends with everyone! His classmates at school are not always nice, but one day his friend gives a piece of advice…”Dance, it s very good for you!” Little Yura learned that this was true, and it turned out, he loved dancing, too!


Ballerino Nate

Title: Ballerino Nate
Author: Kimberly Brubaker Bradley  
Illustrator: R.W. Alley
Ages: 4-6 Years

BOOK BLURB: Teased by his brother about wanting to become a ballerina, Nate begins to believe his jokes about having to wear a tutu and pink shoes when he discovers he is the only boy in the class, in a moving story about a young boy’s big dreams and his strong determination to dance!


Dance Books for boys 5-8 years old

Rudolf Nureyev (Little People, Big Dreams)

Title: Rudolf Nureyev (Little People, Big Dreams)
Author: Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Illustrator: Eleonra Arosio
Ages: 4-7

BOOK BLURB:
Rudolf fell in love with dance as a child. But he was not allowed to go to ballet school until he was 17. There, he had to make up for lost time and hone his skills to compete with the other dancers. As a professional, he dazzled audiences with sensational performances and star power. He went on to become a world-renowned choreographer and master of perfection in dance.


Jump

Title: Jumo
By: Jan Omerod and Michelle Magorian
Ages: 4-8

BOOK BLURB:
Every Saturday Steven watches his sister at her ballet class – jumping and dancing – and he longs to join in. But his mother says that real boys don’t dance; they play games like basketball. However, there’s one skill that you need for both ballet and basketball – and, fortunately for Steven, it’s the thing that he loves doing best! Michelle Magorian says her inspiration for Jump! came from the comments people used to make about her eldest son when he was still in nappies, saying “I was surprised to hear people talking about all the “boyish” activities he would take part in when he was older and thought, ‘What if my son preferred dance to rugby?”‘


Giraffes Can’t Dance

Title: Giraffes Can’t Dance
Author: Giles Andreae
Illustrator: Guy Parker-Rees
Ages: 4-8

BOOK BLURB:
Gerald would love to join in with the other animals at the Jungle Dance, but everyone knows that giraffes can’t dance …or can they?


Peg Leg Bates

Title: Peg Leg Bates
Author: Lynne Barasch
Ages: 6 and up

BOOK BLURB: Clayton Bates was born in rural South Carolina in 1907, and from the age of five he just loved to dance. When he was 12, Clayton lost his left leg in a factory accident, but his dancing spirit would not die. He started to dance again using crutches, then a peg leg. Within a short time his peg leg matched the dancing ability of his other leg.


Dance with the Animals

Title: Dance with the Animals
Author: Ella Bailey
Ages: 4-7

BOOK BLURB:
This delightful mix and match title features animal characters from around the world. Wolf, Lemur, Panda, and friends have gathered together for a night of twirling, twisting, clapping, clicking and tapping.


Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Prince

Title: Miss Lina’s Ballerinas and the Prince
Author: Grace Maccarone
Illustrator: Christine Davenier 
Ages: 3-6 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Have you ever wondered what the dinosaurs did for fun? What really happened when the Jurassic gang wanted to let off some steam? They danced, of course! They rocked and rolled, they twirled and tromped! They had themselves a Dinosaur Stomp! With illustrations by Scott Nash that leap off the page like a raptor doing the fandango, Carol Diggory Shields tells dinosaur devotees all about reptilian revelry in verses with a foot-tapping, tail-whacking beat.


Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp

Title: Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp
Author: Marilyn Singer
Illustrator: Alexandre Boiger
Ages: 4-8 Years

BOOK BLURB:
Have you ever wondered what the dinosaurs did for fun? What really happened when the Jurassic gang wanted to let off some steam? They danced, of course! They rocked and rolled, they twirled and tromped! They had themselves a Dinosaur Stomp! With illustrations by Scott Nash that leap off the page like a raptor doing the fandango, Carol Diggory Shields tells dinosaur devotees all about reptilian revelry in verses with a foot-tapping, tail-whacking beat.


Footloose

Title: Footloose
Author: Kenny Loggins
Illustrator: Tim Bowers
Ages: 5-6 Years

BOOK BLURB:
(Bonus CD!)Jack the zookeeper joins the zoo animals in an all-night dance party! Little ones will love the cast of characters, including the rockin’ chimp Louise (“Geez, Louise!”), Mister DJ Elephant, the lemur Marie (“Oo Wee, Marie”), Milo the wombat, Luke the funkiest cat in the zoo, and so many more rocking, bopping, boogeying, tangoing, shaking, rattling and rolling animals! This new original story is sure to get your feet moving.


Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage

Title: Boys Dancing: From School Gym to Theater Stage
Author: George Ancona
Ages: 5-8 Years

BOOK BLURB: Can you emote like an angry pirate from Treasure Island — and even act out a fake swordfight? When four boys join their schools’ dance teams, that’s just one of the numbers being rehearsed for a performance directed by the National Dance Institute of New Mexico, inspired by favorite books such as The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Where the Wild Things Are, The Thousand and One Nights, and Oh, the Places You’ll Go! 


The Brothers of the Knight

Title: The Brothers of the Knight
Author: Debbie Allen
Illustrator: Kadir Nelson
Ages: 4-8 Years

BOOK BLURB: Reverend Knight can’t understand why his twelve sons’ sneakers are torn to threads each and every morning, and the boys aren’t talking. They know their all-night dancing wouldn’t fit with their father’s image in the community. Maybe Sunday, a pretty new nanny with a knack for getting to the bottom of household mysteries, can crack the case. This modern, hip retelling of the classic tale The Twelve Dancing princesses bursts with vibrant artwork and text that’s as energetic as the twelve toe-tapping Knight brothers themselves. 


Jose

Title: Jose
Author: Susannah Reich
Illustrator: Raul Colon
Ages: 5-8 Years

BOOK BLURB: José was a boy with a song in his heart and a dance in his step. Born in Mexico in 1908, he came into the world kicking like a steer, and grew up to love to draw, play the piano, and dream. José’s dreaming took him to faraway places. He dreamed of bullfighters and the sounds of the cancan dancers that he saw with his father. Dance lit a fire in José’s soul….


Alvin Ailey

Title: Alvin Ailey
Author: Andrea Davis Pinkney
Illustrator: Brian Pinkney
Ages: 6-8 Years

BOOK BLURB: Describes the life, dancing, and choreography of Alvin Ailey, who created his own modern dance company to explore the Black experience


Dino-Dancing

Title: Dino-Dancing
Author: Lisa Wheeler
Illustrator: Barry Gott
Ages: 5-9 Years

BOOK BLURB: Describes the life, dancing, and choreography of Alvin Ailey, who created his own modern dance company to explore the Black experience


Nutcrackers and Pirates: A Boy’s Journey Into Dance

Title: Nutcrackers and Pirates: A Boy’s Journey Into Dance
Author: Charimain Zimmerman Brackett
Illustrator: Ashlee Henry
Ages: 4-8

BOOK BLURB:
When 6 year-old Jeremy attends Nutcracker, he watches a male dancer pick up a ballerina and walk effortlessly around the stage with her lifted high above his head. Jeremy sees the athletic side of dance and decides he wants to be like the dancer he saw on stage.


For Boys Who Dance

Title: For Boys Who Dance
Author:  Jose Hollywood Ramos
Illustrator: Craig Cartwright
Ages: 4-8 Years 

BOOK BLURB:
Gender biases and prejudices about “boys” who dance are not a new story, The inclusion and acceptance of boys who dance is often predicated on an argument that dance is not macho! This is a poem based book to inspire, uplift and encourage all young boys to dance no matter what!


Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance

Title: Frank Was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance
Author:  Keith Graves
Ages: 5-6 Years 

BOOK BLURB:
Frank was a monster who wanted to dance. So he put on his hat, and his shoes made in France… and opened a jar and put ants in his pants! So begins this monstrously funny, deliciously disgusting, horrifyingly hilarious story of a monster who follows his dream. Keith Graves’ wacky illustrations and laugh-out-loud text will tickle the funny bone and leave readers clamoring for an encore.


Boy, Can He Dance!

Title: Boy, Can He Dance!
Author:  Eileen Spinelli
Illustrator: Paul Yalowitz
Ages: 4-8 Years 

BOOK BLURB:
Boy, does Tony love to dance! And boy, would his father love for him to follow in the family footsteps and become a chef. Father and son appear to be on a collision course, but instead, they’re able to celebrate their differences — and the things they both love to do!


Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That!

Title: Rap a Tap Tap: Here’s Bojangles – Think of That!
Author:  Diane Dillon 
Illustrator: Leo Dillon
Ages: 4-8 Years 

BOOK BLURB:
This simple book for young children has the added bonus of describing the life of a ground-breaking African-American tap dancer. Bill “Bojangles” Robinson was one of the most popular entertainers of the 1920s-30s. People said he “talked with his feet,” and in the Dillons’ graceful paintings of old New York, he dances from page to page to the tune of a toe-tapping rhyme. Rap a tap tap–think of that!


Feel The Beat

Title: Feel the Beat
Author: Marilyn Singer
Illustrator: Kristi Valiant
Ages: 5-8

BOOK BLURB:
Marilyn Singer has crafted a vibrant collection of poems celebrating all forms of social dance from samba and salsa to tango and hip-hop. The rhythm of each poem mimics the beat of the dances’ steps. Together with Kristi Valiant’s dynamic illustrations, the poems create a window to all the ways dance enters our lives and exists throughout many cultures. This ingenious collection will inspire readers to get up and move!


Let’s Dance

Title: Let’s Dance
Author: David Bowie
Illustrator: Hannah Marks
Ages: 4-8 Years

BOOK BLURB: “Let’s dance. Put on your red shoes and dance the blues…” Embrace the spirit and mood of iconic musician David Bowie in this must-have book for any Bowie fan, especially those wanting to introduce a new generation to a favorite musical artist. Lightly adapting the lyrics to “Let’s Dance” for a younger audience, kids and parents will soon be tapping their shoes to this lively book with bright, fun, whimsical artwork.


I Hope You Dance

Title: I Hope You Dance!
Author: Mark D Sanders & Tia Sillers
Illustrator: Buddy Jackson & Karinne Caulkin
Ages: 6 and up

BOOK BLURB: The New York Times bestseller I Hope You Dance is a book of hope, encouragement, and inspiration. Now, the authors of the book and the song offer this wonderful and whimsical take on the “grown up” message of the book. I Hope You Dance for children is witty and fun, warm and fuzzy, wild and fanciful…..


Bottle Cap Boys On Royal Street

Title: Bottle Cap Boys On Royal Street
Author: Rita Williams-Garcia
Illustrator: Damian Ward
Ages: 5-6 Years

BOOK BLURB: Tap dancing on sidewalks, especially in the city’s French Quarter, is a New Orleans tradition as familiar to some as Jazz, Creole and Cajun food and Mardi Gras…..


When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot

Title: When Stravinsky Met Nijinsky: Two Artists, Their Ballet, and One Extraordinary Riot
Author: Lauren Stringer
Ages: 4-7 Years

BOOK BLURB: The Russian artists Igor Stravinsky and Vaslav Nijinsky were popular in their time: Stravinsky for music, Nijinsky for dance. When their radically new ballet, The Rite of Spring, was first performed in Paris on May 29, 1913, the reaction was so polarized, there were fistfights and riots! Brilliant or disastrous, the performance marked the birth of modern music and dance.


Roscoe Riley Rules #5: Don’t Tap-Dance on Your Teacher

Title: Roscoe Riley Rules #5: Don’t Tap-Dance on Your Teacher
Author: Katherine Applegate
Illustrator:  Brian Biggs 
Ages: 6-10 Years

BOOK BLURB: Roscoe loves to make noise and tap shoes make the best noise ever! But tap dancing? The big boys at his school say that’s just for girls. Roscoe promised his friend Emma that he would tap in the school talent show with her. When the teasing starts, will he keep his word?


Mr. Putter & Tabby Dance the Dance 

Title: Mr. Putter & Tabby Dance the Dance 
Author: Cynthia Rylant
Illustrator:  Arthur Howard
Ages: 6-9 Years

BOOK BLURB: Mr. Putter knows what he likes, and dancing is not on the list. But his neighbor Mrs. Teaberry has been watching ballroom dancing on TV! She talks the reluctant Mr. Putter into coming along for an evening at the Crystal Ballroom, along with fine cat Tabby and good dog Zeke, of course. The ballroom is full of sparkles—and surprises. What a wonder!


Boogie Monster

Title: Boogie Monster
Author: Josie Bissett  
Illustrator: Kevan Atteberry
Ages: 5-6 Years 

BOOK BLURB: Award-winning children’s author Josie Bissett has done it again. Her first book, Tickle Monster, became a national sensation by getting kids and their parents to laugh, laugh, laugh. Now comes Boogie Monster, a loveable character from Planet Boogie whose only mission is to inspire kids to dance, dance, dance.


Monster Boogie

Title: Monster Boogie
Author: Laurie Berkner 
Illustrator: Ben Clanton
Ages: 4-8 Years 

BOOK BLURB: Award-winning children’s author Josie Bissett has done it again. Her first book, Tickle Monster, became a national sensation by getting kids and their parents to laugh, laugh, laugh. Now comes Boogie Monster, a loveable character from Planet Boogie whose only mission is to inspire kids to dance, dance, dance.


Dance Books for boys 8-12 years old

Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat

Title: Hip Hop Speaks to Children: A Celebration of Poetry with a Beat
Author: Edited by Niki Giovanni
Ages: 7 and up

BOOK BLURB: Poetry can have both a rhyme and a rhythm. Sometimes it is obvious; sometimes it is hidden. But either way, make no mistake, poetry is as vibrant and exciting as it gets. And when you find yourself clapping your hands or tapping your feet, you know you’ve found poetry with a beat!


George Brown Class Clown – Dance Your Pants Off

Title: George Brown Class Clown – Dance Your Pants Off
Author: Nancy Krulik
Illustrator: Aaron Blecha
Ages: 7-9 Years

BOOK BLURB: In the newest installment of Nancy Krulik’s popular series, George Brown, Class Clown, George’s very own teacher is competing in a televised dance competition. Of course, her students get to watch the taping in the studio. And who happens to make a guest appearance? You guessed it–the Super Burp!


The Only Boy in Ballet Class 

Title: The Only Boy in Ballet Class 
Author: Denise Grusk
Illustrator:  Amy Wummer
Ages: 8-12

BOOK BLURB:
Tucker loves ballet-even though some people don’t understand his passion for dancing. Taunted by the boys on the football field, tortured by dorky twin sisters, and teased by his Uncle Frank, Tucker doesn’t know how to help people see how ballet makes him feel . . . until one day, when an unexpected invitation to join the football game comes, and Tucker Dohr gets the chance to prove just what ballet dancing can do!


Boys Don’t Dance!

Title: Boys Don’t Dance!
Author:  Rowena Cory Lindquist
Illustrator: Tom Jellett
Ages: 8-9 Years 

BOOK BLURB:
Luke worries that his schoolmates might see him taking his sister to her dancing lesson. To his surprise he finds that the class looks interesting and that dancing is fun.


Power Kids: The Dom: The Dance that Saved the World from the Virus

Title: Power Kids: The Dom: The Dance that Saved the World from the Virus
Author: Gabrielle V White
Ages: 5-11

BOOK BLURB:
The Pharamavirus has taken over the world! People are getting sick and the fear from the virus has led to a world of chaos. Dom turns into a superhero and uses his super dance powers to save the world from the virus by spreading joy and love.


The Adventures of Breakdance Boy

Title: The Adventures of Breakdance Boy
Author: Timothy Shorter
Ages: 8 – 12

BOOK BLURB: With his electric and oft-times robotic dance moves, his heart thumping and bass line pumping tunes, and his equally cool and all around comfortable Converse All Stars, Break Dance Boy threatens all those who would oppose truth, justice, and grooviness!

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Peter and the Wolf (Ballet School, Book 1)

Title: Peter and the Wolf (Ballet School, Book 1)
Author: Fiona Macdonald
Illustrator: Annaliese Stoney
Ages: 8 – 12

BOOK BLURB: Ballet isn’t easy—especially if you’re a boy, and Peter regularly gets bullied for his dancing. Then he wins the lead in the school’s new production. Will he pursue his talent . . . or conform to convention by joining the soccer team instead?


About the Author

Samantha Bellerose

Samantha is a wife and mother of four kids aged 1-9. She danced and acted from the age of 5 and performed in film clips, on television, and in musical theatre professionally. She also taught dance, but after leaving the profession to backpack through Europe, Canada and the USA with her husband for three years, she then completed an Education Degree and taught within primary schools in Australia. Today she is a business owner with her husband and the creator and writer for Dance Parent 101 where she hopes her previous experience as a dancer, current experience as a dance parent and the research and writing skills she gained completing her education degree will help enlighten parents on their journey with their child through the world of dance.