Beautiful African-American Ballerinas

For the last day in our series on African-American ballerinas, we are emphasizing the “picture” in picture book with the illustrious photography of Susan Kuklin in Beautiful Ballerina by Marilyn Nelson. This book features photographs of four real girls from the … Continue reading






Children’s Books About African-American Ballerinas: Janet Collins

This week the spotlight is on children’s books featuring African-American ballerinas. Today we have a historical-fiction picture book kindled by the life of ballerina Janet Collins:  A Dance Like Starlight: One Ballerina’s Dreamby Kristy Dempsey and illustrated by Floyd Cooper. … Continue reading






Children’s Books About African-American Ballerinas: Debbie Allen

Debbie Allen is a dancer, choreographer and actress who got her start as a ballerina. To that end, she wrote the picture book Dancing in the Wings (illustrated by the sublime Kadir Nelson). This older book complements the others featured … Continue reading






Children’s Books About African-American Ballerinas: Michaela DePrince

This week the spotlight is on children’s books featuring African-American ballerinas. Why choose books about African-American ballerinas? First of all, because there are a lot of great reasons to read diversely. Secondly, because a lot of good things can come … Continue reading