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Ballet, Princesses and All Things Pink: Part 1

If your little one twirls instead of walks, goes to sleep in her royal jewels and won't wear anything that isn't pink, then check out these books below. With more than 50 titles, we know that you will find a book that she begs to read again and again. After all, the way to grow a reader (and a princess) is to give her books she'll love. The best news? You can check out 60 books with your Richland Library card and when you've finished this list, just call your closest Richland Library location and the staff will recommend more titles for your fan of all things pink.


Amazon Says: In this hilarious collection of princess stories with a distinctive spin, there's Cinderella, who was, though you may not know it, Sleeping Beauty’s mom; Sleeping Beauty, more...
Amazon Says: In this hilarious collection of princess stories with a distinctive spin, there's Cinderella, who was, though you may not know it, Sleeping Beauty’s mom; Sleeping Beauty, who didn’t fall asleep because of the prick of a needle—it was sheer boredom; Snow White and her diminutive friends—Les, Lou, Sam, Hank, Nat, Myron, and Bethanne; the princess of frog fame; and the princess of pea fame. less...
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Ballerina Dreams by Joann Ferrara
Amazon Says: Once upon a time there were five little girls who shared a dream. They wanted to be ballerinas and dance on stage like their sisters and cousins and friends.But it would be ha more...
Amazon Says: Once upon a time there were five little girls who shared a dream. They wanted to be ballerinas and dance on stage like their sisters and cousins and friends.But it would be hard for these girls to make their dream come true. They had cerebral palsy or other physical disabilities, which meant their muscles didn’t move the way they wanted them to. Some wore leg braces. Some used wheelchairs and walkers to get around. But these girls were determined. They had a dedicated teacher.  Every week they practiced. They worked hard. And one day they were ready.     Ballerina Dreams is an inspiring true story of love, hope and courage for everyone and anyone who has ever wished (and worked) hard enough to make their dreams come true.Ballerina Dreams is the winner of the 2008 Bank Street - Flora Stieglitz Award. less...
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Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French
Amazon Says: The popular wombat’s friend From the award-winning duo behind the bestselling Diary of a Wombat (the famous wombat even makes an appearance at the ballet complete with a tu more...
Amazon Says: The popular wombat’s friend From the award-winning duo behind the bestselling Diary of a Wombat (the famous wombat even makes an appearance at the ballet complete with a tutu!), Josephine Wants to Dance encourages all readers to never give up and to always dance to their own music. Josephine loves to dance. She dreams of wearing a pink tutu and silk ballet shoes. But everyone reminds her that kangaroos don’t dance—they hop! Kangaroos don’t wear tutus, and they never wear ballet shoes! So Josephine sneaks into town, where the ballet rehearses, and watches for hours as the dancers spin and swirl and pirouette and curtsy. But on the day of the ballet performance, the prima ballerina twists her ankle and a new dancer is needed for the lead role, a dancer who can jump higher than all the rest. Will Josephine be able to make her dream of becoming a ballerina come true? less...
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Amazon Says: It's the day of the big performance at Laura's ballet school when disaster strikes. Level 2 readers will enjoy reading this story on their own, as they discover how Laura help more...
Amazon Says: It's the day of the big performance at Laura's ballet school when disaster strikes. Level 2 readers will enjoy reading this story on their own, as they discover how Laura helps save the day. less...
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Amazon Says: It’s been twenty-five years since Angelina danced her way into the hearts of young ballerinas, and she’s still going strong. A true modern classic, Angelina continues to b more...
Amazon Says: It’s been twenty-five years since Angelina danced her way into the hearts of young ballerinas, and she’s still going strong. A true modern classic, Angelina continues to be adored by her legions of fans. Celebrate her twenty-fifth anniversary with this special edition of the original book that started it all. Featuring a lavish jacket that’s as sparkly as one of Angelina’s costumes, this book is the perfect way to commemorate her anniversary. less...
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Brontorina by James Howe
Amazon Says: From the sure-footed duo of James Howe and Randy Cecil comes a hugely endearing new character — in a humorous, heart-warming tale about holding on to your dreams. B more...
Amazon Says: From the sure-footed duo of James Howe and Randy Cecil comes a hugely endearing new character — in a humorous, heart-warming tale about holding on to your dreams. Brontorina has a dream. She wants to dance. But Brontorina is rather large — too large to fit in Madame Lucille’s dance studio. Brontorina does not have the right shoes, and everyone knows you can’t dance without the proper footwear. Still, Brontorina knows, deep in her heart, that she is meant to be a ballerina. James Howe introduces a lovable dinosaur whose size is outmatched only by her determination, and whose talent is outmatched only by her charm. Accompanied by Randy Cecil’s beguiling illustrations, here is an irresistible story that proves that no problem is too big when the heart and imagination know no bounds. less...
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Bea at Ballet by Rachel Isadora
Amazon Says: Adorable toddlers have fun with ballet Bea loves everything about ballet class, from putting on her leotard and ballet slippers to bowing good-bye at the end of class. Bright more...
Amazon Says: Adorable toddlers have fun with ballet Bea loves everything about ballet class, from putting on her leotard and ballet slippers to bowing good-bye at the end of class. Bright, cheerful illustrations show Bea and her class learning the basic positions and movements and show them leaping and twirling to their hearts' delight. Caldecott Honor winner--and former dancer--Rachel Isadora, the creator of Lili at Ballet, introduces young children to the joy of dance and creative expression. less...
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On Your Toes: A Ballet ABC by Rachel Isadora
Amazon Says: A Ballet Company dances ... across the pages of this sparkling picture book, inviting you behind the scenes and illuminating ballet terms from A to Z.A Ballet Company dances . more...
Amazon Says: A Ballet Company dances ... across the pages of this sparkling picture book, inviting you behind the scenes and illuminating ballet terms from A to Z.A Ballet Company dances ... for the very youngest of dancers as well as for ballet fans of all ages. less...
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Amazon Says: Nellie Sue is back with brand-new dancing boots and her usual cowgirl flair. She knows that dancing would be more fun with friends, but her new neighbors, the Glitter Girls, w more...
Amazon Says: Nellie Sue is back with brand-new dancing boots and her usual cowgirl flair. She knows that dancing would be more fun with friends, but her new neighbors, the Glitter Girls, would rather pirouette and twirl than hoedown. Nellie decides to throw a Barnyard Bash and invite the whole neighborhood. With her big imagination, Nellie transforms her garage into the perfect place to do-si-do. Soon everyone is joining in, but could a slip, a trip, and a slide cause her big bash to be a big messy flop? less...
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Ballerina Swan by Allegra Kent
Amazon Says: From her pond in the city park, sophie, a swan, loves to watch the dancers in Madam Myrtle's Studio. She longs to join them, but Madam shoos her away. Then one day a much joll more...
Amazon Says: From her pond in the city park, sophie, a swan, loves to watch the dancers in Madam Myrtle's Studio. She longs to join them, but Madam shoos her away. Then one day a much jollier teacher, Miss Willow, comes to class. Although Sopie is feathered, winged, and webbed, Miss Willow permits her to stay. When the school performs Swan Lake, the part of the swan seems perfect for Sophie--but she can only hope she'll make the cast. Two great artists have created an inspiring character who, in spite of obstacles, pursues her passion and realizes her dream. less...
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Miss Lina's Ballerinas by Grace Maccarone
Amazon Says: Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/26/2010Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 3 and Up more...
Amazon Says: Book Details:Format: HardcoverPublication Date: 10/26/2010Pages: 40Reading Level: Age 3 and Up less...
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Amazon Says: Ella Bella loves her ballet class, which is conducted by the kindly Madame Rosa at an old theatre that seems touched by magic. One day, when Ella loses one of her slippers, Ma more...
Amazon Says: Ella Bella loves her ballet class, which is conducted by the kindly Madame Rosa at an old theatre that seems touched by magic. One day, when Ella loses one of her slippers, Madame Rosa lends her another pair for dancing--and is then reminded of Cinderella and her story of the lost slipper. Madame Rosa recounts the tale to her students, and Ella Bella listens with heightened interest. When their day's lesson has ended Ella lingers at the theatre, then opens Madame Rosa's music box and listens as it plays melodies from the Cinderella ballet. Suddenly, Cinderella's fairy godmother magically appears, and Ella Bella is transported into the beloved story of Cinderella. This delightful book's final page describes the ballet Cinderella, with music by the great Russian composer, Sergei Prokofiev. less...
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Betsy B. Little by Anne McEvoy
Amazon Says: Betsy B. LittleWas not small at all.In fact, she was overEleven feet tall.Betsy B. Little, a too-tall, gawky giraffe, wants nothing more than to become a gra more...
Amazon Says: Betsy B. LittleWas not small at all.In fact, she was overEleven feet tall.Betsy B. Little, a too-tall, gawky giraffe, wants nothing more than to become a graceful ballerina. But how can she possibly achieve this? Each time she takes a leap in ballet class, her head hits the ceiling! Everyone says she's simply too tall, but Betsy doesn't let that stop her from trying. With passion, determination, and some clever thinking, Betsy sets out to prove her dream is definitely not beyond reach. less...
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Chasing Degas by Eva Montanari
Amazon Says: Monsieur Degas likes to paint the students while they practice in ballet class—they’ve inspired many of his beautiful paintings. But one day he mistakenly leaves his bag of more...
Amazon Says: Monsieur Degas likes to paint the students while they practice in ballet class—they’ve inspired many of his beautiful paintings. But one day he mistakenly leaves his bag of paints in the dance studio and instead takes a young ballerina’s bag, which contains her new tutu for the evening’s recital! And so the ballerina begins a great chase to find Degas before her big night.   As she searches the streets of Paris, the ballerina encounters many other Impressionist painters, who are in the process of painting some of their great works. Monet, Renoir, Caillebotte, and Cassatt help the ballerina until she is reunited, at last, with Degas.   Featuring the original Impressionist paintings that inspired this picture book of historical fiction, along with an author’s note about Impressionism and this vibrant period in Paris, Chasing Degas will delight young lovers of art and ballet. less...
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Beautiful Ballerina by Marilyn Nelson
Amazon Says: A talented team of children's book creators craft a beautiful, stirring tribute to the grace and power of prima ballerinas everywhere. Every little girl has the dream to beco more...
Amazon Says: A talented team of children's book creators craft a beautiful, stirring tribute to the grace and power of prima ballerinas everywhere. Every little girl has the dream to become a prima ballerina! On today's ever-changing cultural stage, ballerinas come in all shapes, sizes, colors, and abilities. To celebrate the beauty of black ballerinas, here is a lush photographic picture book with a brilliant poetic narrative, brought to young readers by two amazing talents. The minimal text balances the harmony of the photos and demonstrates the joy of movement. less...
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Miss Tutu's Star by Leslea Newman
Amazon Says: Selena is a little girl “who does not walk so much as twirl.” When her mother takes her to Miss Tutu’s school of ballet, Selena has a bit of trouble with some of the s more...
Amazon Says: Selena is a little girl “who does not walk so much as twirl.” When her mother takes her to Miss Tutu’s school of ballet, Selena has a bit of trouble with some of the steps, but still she practices and practices to get them right. Finally the time comes for Selena to make her debut. But she is terrified. Will her fear stop her from becoming Miss Tutu’s star? Lesléa Newman’s lyrical and humorous story about achieving one’s dream is perfectly matched with Carey Armstrong-Ellis’s witty and charming illustrations, which are filled with little stories of their own. F&P level: I F&P genre: RF less...
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Vampirina Ballerina by Anne Marie Pace
Amazon Says: Oh, to be a ballerina! It's a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you happen to be a vampire like Vampirina. First of all, you have to find a class that meets a more...
Amazon Says: Oh, to be a ballerina! It's a challenge for any little girl, but even more so if you happen to be a vampire like Vampirina. First of all, you have to find a class that meets at night. Then you have to figure out how to perfect your form when you can't see yourself in the mirror? And then there's wearing pink (not the most flattering of colors if you happen to be undead) and that nagging urge to take a little nip out of the other dancers. And worse of all STAGE FRIGHT!!! less...
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Amazon Says: Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbons, stretching exercises at the barre - these are all familiar images when one is thinking of ballet. But there's much more to this h more...
Amazon Says: Tutus and leotards, pointe shoes and ribbons, stretching exercises at the barre - these are all familiar images when one is thinking of ballet. But there's much more to this historic dance form than pink tulle. There's hard work with years of study. Following the alphabet, in T is for Tutu: A Ballet Alphabet dancer Sonia Rodriguez, with husband Kurt Browning, introduces this dance form from its beginnings at the court of Louis XIV to basic positions and training to famous stage roles. L is for the Leotard that shows the dancer's form. Whenever they are rehearsing it becomes their uniform. Young readers will find themselves pointing their toes, practicing the five positions, and dreaming of being onstage as a sugarplum fairy or a king with a crown. Sonia Rodriguez has been the Principal Dancer with The National Ballet of Canada since 2000. Her husband, Kurt Browning, is a four-time world champion figure skater. Kurt is also the author of A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet. They live in Toronto, Ontario.Known for his fluid movement and confidence on the ice, four-time world champion figure skater Kurt Browning spins, jumps, and glides his way through the alphabet with A is for Axel: An Ice Skating Alphabet. Kurt was the first figure skater to be named as Canada's outstanding male athlete, was honored by Sports Illustrated as one of the 50 greatest sports figures from Canada, and is a member of Canada's Sports Hall of Fame. Completing the first quadruple jump in competition earned Kurt his way into the Guinness Book of Records. Kurt presently skates professionally with Stars on Ice and lives in Toronto with his wife and son. Wilson Ong went to Brigham Young University, receiving a B.F.A. in painting and drawing. He furthered his studies at the Art Students' League in New York City. He lives in Corning, New York. less...
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Ella, Of Course! by Sarah Weeks
Amazon Says: Ella love-love-loves her brand-new umbrella. It's sky blue with white clouds, and it makes the most satisfying whoosh . . . click sound. Rain or shine, Ella insists on taking more...
Amazon Says: Ella love-love-loves her brand-new umbrella. It's sky blue with white clouds, and it makes the most satisfying whoosh . . . click sound. Rain or shine, Ella insists on taking it with her everywhere. Unfortunately, a whoosh-clicking umbrella can cause serious trouble . . . especially at a ballet recital. It's a good thing Ella is a problem solver, because she's going to need to be creative to get what she wants.           Sarah Weeks and Doug Cushman deliver a hilarious and universal tale about a little girl's trouble letting go of a favorite object. less...
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Amazon Says: Before Belinda was Belinda the Ballerina, before she was Belinda in Paris, and way before she was Belinda and the Glass Slipper, she was a little girl who wanted to dance. But more...
Amazon Says: Before Belinda was Belinda the Ballerina, before she was Belinda in Paris, and way before she was Belinda and the Glass Slipper, she was a little girl who wanted to dance. But there were two things standing in the way? her left foot and her right foot. Belinda?s teacher, Mrs. Rhino, chooses Belinda to play the clown in a skit for the school talent show. Her feet are perfect for floppy clown shoes. But after seeing an older girl soar big across the stage as a ballerina, Belinda has other plans.... This fourth book about everyone?s favorite ballerina is sure to delight little ballerinas with big dreams. less...
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Ballerino Nate by Kimberly Brubaker Bradley
Amazon Says: Nate has the heart of a dancer, and he is determined to learn ballet. Even his older brother, Ben, can’t change his mind with his claims that "boys don’t dance." Or can he more...
Amazon Says: Nate has the heart of a dancer, and he is determined to learn ballet. Even his older brother, Ben, can’t change his mind with his claims that "boys don’t dance." Or can he? When Ben tells Nate that he’ll have to wear pink shoes and a dress, Nate becomes awfully worried. And when he’s the only boy in his ballet class, he begins to think that Ben is right: Maybe boys don’t dance. Exuberant and true-to-childhood, this is a warm and funny story about sibling squabbles, the joy of ballet, and best of all, grabbing hold of your dreams. less...
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