Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids -- Dance Your Heart Out!

It’s time to put on your dancing shoes because this week’s recommendations are all about dancing. From dinosaurs to monsters, these books feature characters who follow their dreams, no matter what kind of obstacles they may encounter. After reading these books, clear a space in your living room, turn on your itunes, and dance your heart out! Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.


Brontorina by James Howe, Illustrated by Randy Cecil

Candlewick, 978-0-763-64437-6

Brontorina Apatosaurus is a dinosaur who dreams of becoming a ballerina, so she goes to Madame Lucille’s Dance Academy. This story about following your dreams has colorful and dynamic illustrations with a wonderful multicultural ballet class of children



Frank was a Monster Who Wanted to Dance by Keith Graves

Chronicle Books, 978-0-811-82169-8

Frank was a monster who wanted to dance, so he gets all gussied up, and he’s off to the theater. There he wows the audience with his spectacular moves, until his brain begins to unzip. This hilariously gruesome book will be a big hit with boys.



Song and Dance Man by Karen Ackerman, Illustrated by Stephen Gammell

Knopf Books for Young Readers, 978-0-394-89330-3


A trio of siblings show up at Grandpa’s house and he tells them about the good old days, when he was a song and dance man. Winner of the Caldecott award in 1989, this book is a delightful journey into the bygone days of vaudeville. The illustrations are wonderfully textured with color pencil and the saturated colors bring to mind the multicolored stage lights of Grandpa’s vaudeville days.