To celebrate #InternationalDanceDay, our Librarian Renée compiled a list of books related to dance, for children aged 3 to 14 years old. All the books are available on Culturethèque, an online library for Alliance Française members.
International Dance Day is a global celebration of dance, created by the International Theatre Institute, UNESCO’s partner of performing arts. It is celebrated annually on April 29th to promote art and culture and raise awareness about dancing. Why is it celebrated on this day? Because April 29th marks the anniversary of the birth of Jean-Georges Noverre, a French dancer and balletmaster, considered the creator of modern ballet.
Danse avec les feuilles par Isabelle Simon. Educational, creative and imaginative picture-book story about nature’s “dance” with different types of leaves as the principal characters. Audiobook, Storyplayr, 3 years and up.
Dansez vieux géants par Gerard Moncomble et Sarah Mercier. A story of overcoming fears. The kindly, fearful giants learn to dance as they embrace the unknown with the help of community. Audiobook, Storyplyr, 5 years and up.
Ou êtes-vous Monsieur Degas par Eva Montanari. Ballet-dancer Eva goes looking for her backpack when a famous artist inadvertently picks it up. Surprisingly, she encounters Caillebotte, Monnet, Renoir, and Mary Cassatt along the way. Audiobook, Storyplyr, 5 years and up.
Danse avec moi par Isabelle Bottier. A young teen finds her special niche within her accomplished family and among her friends through the mastery of hip-hop dance. Digital Bande Dessinée. Geared to a young audience, Ages 11 – 14.
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Bonne lecture, and happy International Dance Day!