Children's Books

Dream a Little Dream of Dance: Bedtime Stories for Dancers

When the lights go down and it’s time to catch some zzz’s, there’s no better dream than one that includes dancing animals, sugar plum fairies, or an impromptu hip hop dance battle.

Stir up your imagination, with these wildly fantastic bedtime stories that’ll make for a good night’s sleep. Bedtime stories aren’t exclusive to children, so pull up your favorite arm chair and pour a cup of tea…or better yet some hot chocolate with marshmallows!

Image by Randy Cecil

Image by Randy Cecil

1.     Brontorina

When Jurassic Park meets Center Stage (both ultimate film classics), we get the wonderful tale of Brontorina. This dancing brontosaurus makes everyone hear her roar with her dance moves. Written by James Howe and illustrated by Randy Cecil, this heartwarming tale brings out all the chuckles, as it tells the tale of a dinosaur who aspires to be a ballerina. It ain’t easy to get your foot into the studio when you’re 72 feet tall! Though, who ever said dancing was easy? Teaching us all about the determination and desire it takes to pursue your dreams, Brontorina reminds us to be true to ourselves!


Image by Eric Carle

Image by Eric Carle

2.     From Head to Toe

Got a classic case of ‘two left feet’? Refresh your movement vocabulary with this bold and cheerful book! From the same creator of The Very Hungry Caterpillar, comes a storybook that will get you moving in no time! With vivid designs of jungle animals, From Head to Toe features the oh-so iconic collage art of author and illustrator Eric Carle. A lot of our movement in dance stems from nature, so let these quirky jungle story characters guide you through the basics of body movement.


Image by Ann Jonas

Image by Ann Jonas

3.     Color Dance

Oh what a colourful world! Take a throwback to the 80s with Color Dance. Written and illustrated by Ann Jonas this book explores dance and color with dancers in Jane Fonda-like leotards who leap and turn across the page. Get inspired to dance while teaching those tiny tots about colour theory.



Image by Martin Ander

Image by Martin Ander

4.     My First Hip Hop Book

This one’s for all the bboys and bgirls who can’t resist a good beat! Hip hop is more than just a dance style, it’s a culture of art, music, movement, and fashion that honors self-expression through respect, love and creativity. My First Hip Hop Book written and illustrated by Martin Ander, is a vibrant picture book that allows us to appreciate Breakdance, Graffiti, DJs and Rap.


Image by Zong-Zhou Wang

Image by Zong-Zhou Wang

5.     D Is for Dancing Dragon

Every dance style is rooted in culture. Beyond learning about the alphabet and traditional Chinese dances like the Lion Dance and Dragon Dance, this book also highlights the richness and diversity of Chinese culture. Written by Carol Crane and illustrated by Zong-Zhou Wang, D is for Dancing Dragon demonstrates how heritage and culture influence art.


6.     A Child’s Introduction To Ballet: The Stories, Music, and Magic of Classical Dance

Image by Meredith Hamilton

Image by Meredith Hamilton

Become the ultimate ballet expert with this beautifully illustrated book. Covering everything from ballet stories, fun facts, and tips for bunheads, you’ll never need to Google a thing about ballet again. Written by Laura Lee and illustrated by Meredith Hamilton, A Child’s Introduction To Ballet is a great way to understand the very art form every great dancer aims to master.

These fantastic reads may require you to make a little extra room on your bookshelf…or maybe a trip to IKEA (for the love of BILLY bookcase)! Prepare to fill your world with imagination and dance, as you read these bedtime stories that will make your dancing dreams a reality!