Some people love the spotlight, others like to work behind the scenes. Whatever your taste, if you're interested in the performing arts there's sure to be a title on this list that will capture your interest and spark your creativity. So crack open a book -- and break a leg.
Stompin' at the Savoy
Illustrated by Richard Yarde
On the night of her jazz dance recital Mindy feels too nervous to go, until a magical drum whisks her away to the Savoy Ballroom in Harlem where she finds her "happy feet."
Replay : A New Book
While preparing for a role in the school play, twelve-year-old Leo finds an autobiography that his father wrote as a teenager and ponders the ways people change as they grow up.
Although Tommy fails to get the part of Peter Rabbit in the kindergarten play, he still finds a way to be the center of attention on stage.
The Jumbo Book of Drama
Illustrated by Jane Kurisu
A concise introduction is sure to motivate young actors and give them the chance to explore both the performance and design elements of the theater.
Break a Leg!: The Kids' Book of Acting and Stagecraft
Illustrated by Mary Dowdle
A comprehensive manual for acting and theater, discussing improvisation, voice projection, breathing exercises, script analysis, and technical aspects of theater production.
In this ballet primer, a girl and a boy bunny, demonstrate basic technique in scenes that follow a ballet class, from warm-ups to the barre to the hop, skip, twirl, and wiggle fun of centerwork.
Surveys all forms of dance throughout the world, discussing its cultural and social significance, costume, history, and noted dancers and choreographers.
Backstage at a Play
Provides a behind the scenes look at plays.
A Dictionary of Dance
A brief introduction to dance terminology.
The Jellybeans and the Big Dance
Illustrated by Lynn Munsinger
When four young girls meet in dance class, it takes time for them to find a way--and a reason--to pull together as one, but Emily helps them realize that, just like a bag of jellybeans, they can be different and still go well together.
Good masters! Sweet Ladies! : Voices from a Medieval Village
Illustrated by Robert Byrd
A collection of short one-person plays featuring characters, between ten and fifteen years old, who live in or near a thirteenth-century English manor.
Dance with Me
Illustrated by Noah Z. Jones
Illustrations and simple, rhyming text encourage the reader to wiggle, shake, and twirl to the beat.
The Curtain Went Up, My Pants Fell Down
Failing fifth grade math, Hank must depend on Heather, the class brain, to help him get a "B" on the next test in order for him to be eligible to play the lead in the school play, "The King and I."