8 Books That Celebrate the Performing Arts
Here at Starlight, many of us have just as much a passion for books as we do for dance, music and theater. In the spirit of that, we would like to share some of our favorites!
Giraffes Can’t Dance
This book is a favorite in our family! Gerald is a giraffe who wants to dance with his friends, but his tall build and gangly body make it hard for him to dance the way all of his friends do. In the end Gerald finds his own personal style with the help of an unlikely friend!
Ella Bella Ballerina and Cinderella
The Ella Bella books are beautiful, and loosely recount famous ballets. This book describes the ballet Cinderella, with music by Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev.
This book is out of print, but well worth finding! Amandina is a shy but talented girl, and she decides to put on a show. She does all the work of making the sets, sewing the costumes, rehearsing and cleaning up the theater, but to her disappointment, she finds the theater empty of an audience on her performance day. She still gives the performance of her life, and doesn’t realize that her audience grows throughout her whole performance. A lovely book about the true spirit of performing.
The Night Before My Dance Recital
This adorable book is perfect to read before our Christmas or Spring recital! This book celebrates the nerves, excitement, and preparation that goes into each dance recital.
Our Marching Band
This book is sweet and funny, and highlights how practicing your skill passionately can lead to exciting things! The kids on this block all decide to take up musical instruments, and at first, the cacophony is overwhelming! But as they practice continually, something magical happens…they are able to come together and perform in their very own marching band parade!
Footwork: The Story of Fred and Adele Astaire
This book celebrates one of the great triple threats, Fred Astaire, and gives insight into the beginnings of his career with his sister Adele. A must-read for musical theater fans!
Moses Sees A Play
Moses is a student a a school for deaf children. After seeing a performance by The Little Theater of the Deaf, the class decides to put on a show of their own. Included in the book are wonderful descriptions of the performance action and how the actors use their bodies to convey meaning. In addition, the book is also written in sign language, and includes diagrams of signs.
The Orchestra Pit
When a slightly befuddled but surprisingly endearing snake wanders into the wrong pit – the orchestra pit – peculiar things start to happen. A well-meaning snake interacts with the orchestral instruments, scares the musicians and conductor, and causes general chaos in this sweet and funny book. This book is great for teaching about and introducing the various instruments used in an orchestra.
What are some of your favorite books that celebrate the performing arts? Share them with us in the comment section below!