Ballet Kids

Ballet Kids

By Author / Illustrator

Holly Sterling


Picture Books

Age range(s)



Walker Books Ltd








My toes tingle with excitement. It's ballet class today!   Snowflakes are falling softly outside when Thomas and his friends arrive at Mr Elliot's dance studio. Prancing and whirling and twirling around the room, the boys and girls perfect their steps - first and second position, plies, curtsies and more. Then, it's time for the most exciting moment ... picking out costumes for their first ever performance: The Nutcracker!

Joyful and spirited, this young celebration of dancing is inspired by the author's time learning ballet as a child, and will have little dancers, and aspiring dancers, pointing their toes and joining in.



Ballet Kids is a gentle introduction to ballet that confounds gender expectations and captures the magic of dancing and performance for the very young. A little boy and his friends gather together in their dance class to learn some moves which are clearly explained and technically accurate. Everyone is getting ready for their first performance - The Nutcracker - and Holly Sterling captures the excitement of Thomas beautifully when he chooses the outfit for the sugar plum fairy.

This celebration of dancing is inspired by the author's time learning ballet as a child. In her inclusive illustrations, Holly Sterling captures the magic and joy of the characters in the story. This story challenges gender expectations and promotes an acceptance that encourages all aspiring dancers. After reading it to a group of Reception children, all of the children were keen to listen to the Nutcracker music and wanted to practise some of the moves they had seen in the book. Sparkly material was also requested!

Picture books / Reviewed by Samantha Hughes, teacher

Suggested Reading Age 3+


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