Reviews with links to Kids Dance & Ballet Books that come in a Series

I love reading books and most times when I have finished, I am wanting more. I want to know what else happens to the characters in the books and what other adventures they go on. This list of books fulfills that exact wish! It is a list of fiction books, picture books and novels about dance that the author has made into series and sets. Some series on this list contain many books and others are just getting started with only one or two currently available.

Dance and ballet Books that come in series or sets are books that have more than one publication about the same characters and essential storyline generally written about by the same author.

The list is also in ascending order based on the ages the books are recommeded for by the publisher. I hope you find a wonderful new character or series for your dancer to go on a reading adventure with.


Vampirina Ballerina

Author: Anne Marie Pace
Ages Best For: 3-5 Years

Before it became a Disney Junior series Vamperina was originally a ballerina and there are several books in the series by Anne Marie Pace that you can buy such as Vampirina Ballerina Hosts a Sleepover, Vampirina in the Snow and Vampirina at the Beach. You can check out this book and the others on Amazon.com here


Mia and the Too Big Tutu and other titles…

Author: Robin Farley
Ages Best For: 4-7

Mia is a cat who loves to dance. Author Robin Farley has created many books around Mia’s dance adventures as both picture books as well as part of the I Can Read brand of books. I have not been able to find box sets but if you click on this link to Amazon.com for Mia and The To Big Tutu and search Robin Farley, you will find a whole variety of books about Mia.


Tallulah’s…

Author: Marilyn Singer
Illustrator: Alexandra Boiger
Ages Best For: 4-7

Marilyn Singer with artist Alexandra Boiger have written six books in total together about Tallulah and her ballet and dance adventures. Other titles include Tallulah’s Solo, Tallulah’s Tap Shoes, Tallulah’s Toe Shoes, Tallulah’s Nutcracker and Tallulah’s Ice-Skates. To have a look at any of the first book Tallulah’s Tutu in the series click here to go to Amazon.com


Zombelina School Days

Author: Kristyn Crow
Illustrator: Molly Idle
Ages Best For: 4-8

Zombelina School Days was written by Kristyn Crow and illustrated by Molly Idle and is one of a several Zombelina books that you can find such as Zombelina and Zombelina Dances the Nutcracker. Kids today seem to love anything to do with zombies, so combine this with dance and we seem to have a winner! You can take a look at this book and the others on Amazon.com here


Angelina Ballerina

Author: Katharine Holabird
Illustrator: Helen Craig
Ages Best For: 4-8

The Angelina Ballerina series is written by Katharine Holabird and illustrated by Helen Craig. Now you may have already heard of this book and series and either have read them or not wanted to because they have become more of a franchise book with a cartoon on television based on the books. But my girls love the Angelina Ballerina series of a little mouseling who dreams of becoming a world famous ballerina and trains with Miss Lilly at the little dance school in the village. I have to say that one of the reasons we are so fond of them is because my sister-in-law seems to buy the girls a couple every birthday or Christmas so we have quite a few in our collection and so if you are able to get a box set, do so as the books are really delightful! You take a look at Angelina Ballerina on Amazon.com here.


Ballet Sisters: The Newest Dancer 

Author: Jan Ormerod
Ages Best For: 4-8 Years

Ballet Sisters: The Newest Dancer is book number two in the series for young readers by Jan Ormerod. This book is a charming story for both younger and older girls as both will be able to identify with either sister in the story. You can check it out on Amazon.com here


Lili at Ballet

Author: Rachel Isadora
Ages Best For: 4-8 Years

This book by Rachel Isadora is one of several stories written about Lili and her dance adventures. I personally owned a copy of ‘Opening Night’ where you see Lili get ready to perform on stage with a big ballet company. The books about Lili include Lili at Ballet, Lili on Stage, Opening Night and Lili Backstage. You can check out this book here on Amazon.com


Ella Ballerina

Author: James Mayhew
Ages Best For: 5-7 but also good for 8-10 to read by themselves.

The Ella Bella Ballerina is a series of books that explores Ella Bella’s adventures through the stories of different Ballets. The books are filled with beautiful Illustrations and have a fact page that details information about the ballets on which the stories are based. To check them our on Amazon.com click here.


New York City Ballet – Classic Picture Book Collection

Author: The New York City Ballet
Illustrator: Valeria Docampo
Ages Best For: 5-7

This series currently only contains three stories but with their current success who knows how many else the New York City Ballet will add to their repetoire? The books tell the stories of the great ballets as presented by the New York City Ballet and is beautifully illustrated by Valeria Docampos. To check the box set out click here to go to Amazon.com


Jojo & Bow Bow

Author: Jojo Siwa
Ages Best For: 6-9

Fans of Jojo Siwa will love this series, as will any other young dancer who is at that age where they are beginning to explore chapter books, because it is most probably a book they really want to read and it will help them to jump that bridge from picture book to novel. There are several other books in the series as well, not all with dance themes though and you can check this book out on Amazon.com


Story Bird Dance

Author: Yolanda King
Pictures by: Pia Reyes
Ages Best For: 6-9 Years

The Story Bird Dance series, was written by Yolanda King who writes because she sees a need for more inclusive stories she can read to her children in her own home. The pictures were created by Pia Reyes and the series currently consists of The Haunted Studio and The Snowbird Ballet. The books can be found on Amazon.com here


Sugar Plum Ballerinas (Series)

Author:Whoopi Goldberg, and co-authored by Deborah Underwood
Illustrator: Maryn Roos
Ages Best For: 6-10

Sugar Plum Ballerinas is a series written by Whoopi Goldberg, and co-authored by Deborah Underwood. The illustrations are by Maryn Roos and the books are aimed at kids 6-10 years old. The main characters are African-American which is a breath of fresh air and I only wish there were more books in the series To check the book and series out click here to view on Amazon.com


Stardust School of Dance

Author: Zanni Louise
Illustrator: Sr Sanchez
Ages Best For: 6-10

Stardust School of Dance was written by Zanni Louise and has art created by Sr Sanchez and is currently a series of four books about the adventures of four diverse dancers at their suburban dance studio. A great series for 6-10 year old readers who love to dance and you can check the series out at the bookdepository.com here


Magic Ballerina

Author: Darcey Bussell
Ages Best For: 7 and up

Ballerina Magic is the first of a fairly large series of books written by former principal ballerina with the Royal Ballet, Former Strictly Come Dancing UK judge and current Royal Academy of Dance President Dame Darcey Bussell. Needless to say, these books being written by a ballerina are written in a way that use her indepth knowledge of the artform as well as her creative writing talents to create a wonderful series of books for children ages seven and up. To take a look at this book on Amazon.com click here


Dance Class #1: So, You Think You Can Hip-Hop (Dance Class Graphic Novels)

Author: Berstand Escaich and Caroline Rogue
Illustrator: Crip
Ages Best For: 7-11 Years

Dance Class #1: So, You Think You Can Hip-Hop is a series of Graphic or Comic novels for 7-11 years olds. It is about three BFF’s who love to dance ballet and modern dance as well as other styles. Written by the writing team Berstand Escaich and Caroline Rogue and Illustrated by Crip you can check out this book and the series on Amazon.com here.


Ballet Shoes

Author: Noel Streatfield
Ages Best For: 8-12

Author Noel Streatfeild has written several books similar in style called dancing shoes, theatre shoes and skating shoes. They are all well loved one by many dancers, but I have read some reviews of people having difficulty reading the story because of the language differences between the UK and US, although I believe as a teacher reading a variety of books from different cultures and authors will make kids better readers and more knowledgeable citizens of our world. You can check it out here on Amazon.com


Kaylee’s Choice (Kaylee O’Shay, Irish Dancer) (Volume 1)

Author: Rod Vick
Ages Best For: 8-12

In this series of books you are thrown into a world where dancers glue their socks to their legs so they don’t fall down and wear large curly wigs pinned to their heads with millions of hair pins. Rod Vick author of the book pictured has written several more books about Kaylee and her Irish dancing and you can check this book out on Amazon.com here. and have a look for others in the series.


Ellie’s Chance to Dance #1 (Royal Ballet School Diaries)

Author: Alexandra Moss
Ages Best For: 8-12

Ellie’s Chance to Dance is part of a series of books written around 2005 called the Royal Ballet School Diaries. The books follow Ellie’s adventure as an American who has moved from Chicago to Oxford in the UK, to board and live at the prestigious Royal Ballet School. You can check this book out and the series on Amazon.com here


Peter and the Wolf (Ballet School, Book 1)

Author: Fiona Macdonald
Ages Best For: 8-12 Years

Peter and the Wolf is the first book in a new series written by Fiona Macdonald for 8-12 year olds – Join this diverse group of young dancers as they form friendships, consider their futures, and prepare for the end-of-year shows. It was illustrated by Annaliese Stoney and can be found on Amazon.com here the second book is called Samira’s Garden


Silver Shoes – Series

Author: Samantha-Ellen Bound
Ages Best For: 9-12

Silver shoes is a series about four girls who love to dance and follows their journeys and adventures in the studio. The books are not just about ballet, each one covers different styles of dance which makes them really interesting, engaging and changing so once you finish one, you can’t wait to read what the next one is going to be about. Written by Samantha-Ellen Bound you can take a look at this book and search for the rest of the series on Amazon.com here


The Dance Your Heart Out Collection

Author: Maddie Ziegler
Ages Best For: 9-13

The Dance Your Heart Out Collection is a triology written by Maddie Ziegler famous from the reality tv show Dance Moms and as muse for music pop star Sia. Fans of Maddie love the book, but many others were also surprised by her ability to create a great story and relatable characters that make you impatient to want to read the rest in the set. Many parents of kids who would rather dance than read have said, they were so surprised to see their dancer not being able to put this book down! You can take a look at set of three books on Amazon.com or look out for the three books individually – The Audition, The Callback and The Competition.


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.