Book List Theme 6

Bust a Move!

Prepared By: Tina Lee and Jamie McCarthy, Burnaby Public Library

hp-green Available as an Audiobook hp-orange Available at NNELS* hp-blue Available at CELA*

* NNELS and CELA provide access to audiobooks for people with perceptual or print disabilities.


Bear Can Dance!
by Suzanne Bloom (author and illustrator)
With the help of a couple of friends, Bear learns that he cannot fly, but he sure can dance!
Elephants Cannot Dance!
by Mo Willems (author and illustrator)
Who doesn’t love Elephant and Piggie? This time the adorable duo is arguing over whether or not elephants can dance. With a little convincing from Piggie, will Gerald give it a try?
Music is for Everyone
by Jill Barber (author – CA) and Sydney Smith (illustrator – CA)

From country to classical, and reggae to rock, music can be made and played anywhere and by anyone. Written by Canadian singer-songwriter Jill Barber, this book featuring fun rhyming text and illustrations makes a great introduction to the joy of music.
This Little Piggy Went Dancing
by Margaret Wild (author) and Deborah Niland (illustrator)
These little piggies don’t just got to the market and have roast beef, they also hula hoop, jump, skip, and dance. Niland’s adorable illustrations will surely have young readers busting a move along with the piggies.
Everybunny Dance
by Ellie Sandall (author and illustrator)
What’s more fun than a bunch of bunnies that move, dance and play? Delightfully cute illustrations and rhyming text make this picture book perfect for getting the wiggles out.

Ages 5-8

Mario Makes a Move
by Jill McElmurry (author and illustrator)
Nothing can stop Mario the squirrel and his best friend Isabelle from coming up with wildly amazing dance moves that impress all their friends.
Feel the Beat: Dance Poems That Zing From Salsa to Swing
by Marilyn Singer (author) and Kristi Valiant (illustrator)
Read, sing, and move as you learn about different types of dance from around the world with this book of rhythmic poems and accompanying CD.
Playing From the Heart
by Peter Reynolds (author and illustrator)
Raj played the piano for most of his childhood, but eventually abandoned the instrument as an adult. Several years later when his aging father asks him to play a song, Raj must dig deep into his heart to find the perfect piece.
Heidi Heckelbeck is Ready to Dance
by Wanda Coven (author) and Priscilla Burris (illustrator)
Heidi bravely enters her school’s talent show, but finds she is in need of some enchanted assistance. – Amazon
by Misty Copeland (author) and Christopher Myers (illustrator)
Award-winning ballerina, Misty Copeland, encourages a young dancer to work hard and follow her dreams, so she too may one day dance like the famous Firebird.

Ages 9-12

Dance Class (series)
by Béka (author) and Crip (illustrator)
BFFs Julie, Lucy and Alia explore all kinds of different dance styles, along with friendship drama, school trouble, and boy stuff in this fun graphic novel series. Also available in French.
My Seventh-Grade Life in Tights
by Brooks Benjamin
Dillon earns himself a scholarship at a nearby dance studio, but his dad would rather him play football and his dance crew is mad at him for being a sellout.
Better Nate Than Ever
by Tim Federle


A story of Broadway dreams tailor-made for the younger side of the Glee audience. – Kirkus
I am Drums
by Mike Grosso
All Sam wants to do is play the drums. She dreams of owning a drum set and hears the beat of the drums all day long. But Sam can’t afford a drum set, her school music program is dwindling, and no one, including her parents, understands why she is so passionate about drumming.
Stagestruck: Curtain Up
by Lisa Fiedler and Anya Wallach
When Anya is cut from her school’s soccer team, she decides to spend her time creating a theatre troupe for children. Based on the true story of sixteen year old Anya Wallach, who created The Random Farms Kids Theater in New York as a place for kids to discover the joy of theater.