Big Kid, at nearly 4 years old has recently become intrigued by ballerinas. She pretends to be a ballerina frequently, twirls and all, wants ballerina clothes, wants to listen to ballet music, and of course asked for books about ballerinas. We have no idea where this interest came from.

A few weeks ago she asked to be a ballerina for Halloween and I thought it was the perfect way to allow her to get ballerina clothes and shoes, without just buying them for her the moment she asked, which is oh so easy to do with online shopping.

Both of these women have helped make the world a more beautiful place and have proven that perseverance, and a little talent, can go a long way. 

I started searching for books about real ballerinas by looking at Read Aloud Revival’s new biography booklist and found Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova by Laurel Snyder & Julie Morstad, a lyrical biography of Pavlova’s life, including how she had tried to get into a ballet school, but was not admitted the first time she tried.

Firebird: Ballerina Misty Copeland Shows a Young Girl How to Dance Like the Firebird, by Misty Copeland & Christopher Myers, is the lyrical story of ballerina Misty Copeland helping a young girl build confidence so she too can dance like a star.

Both of these have been added to the “Fearless Female” book list on my Topical Book List page.

Most of these books can be found in my Bookshop Shop here. is a website that supports small, local bookstores by donating each time you purchase a book through their website.

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