Bold and Beautiful: Children’s Books about Ballerinas

Beautiful and strong, ballerinas have been amazing us for generations, and one of our favorites has a birthday soon: Misty Copeland is turning 40! In honor of her inspiring story, here are some equally inspiring books about these amazing athletes and artists.

Black Ballerinas is full of stories about amazing Black ballerinas. They all bring their own unique flair to this classic style of dance.

Bunheads tells the story of where Misty got her start: auditioning for the ballet Coppélia even though it's her very first day of ballet class! Can she and her fellow ballerinas pull off this tough show?

Maria Tallchief was America's first Native American prima ballerina, but it wasn't easy. Learn all about how she held onto her Osage heritage and danced her heart out.

Ballerina Dreams filled Michaela DePrince's head from the time she was three years old, living in Sierra Leone. When she is adopted by an American family, she makes those dreams a reality.

Alicia Alonso Dances on is the story of Cuban born dancer Alicia who learned to dance in her tennis shoes before she ever saw a pair of ballet slippers. But when her eyesight fails, will Alicia's dreams of dancing fail too?

Brave Ballerina tells the story of Janet Collins, a beautiful ballerina who refused to whiten her skin to perform onstage. Learn the story of this ballerina who fought segregation until the world accepted her, beautiful Black skin and all.