Let's Dance!

by Valerie Bolling (Author) Maine Diaz (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade
This rhythmic showcase of dances from all over the world features children of diverse backgrounds and abilities tapping, spinning, and boogying away! Tap, twirl, twist, spin! With musical, rhyming text, author Valerie Bolling shines a spotlight on dances from across the globe, while energetic art from Maine Diaz shows off all the moves and the diverse people who do them. From the cha cha of Cuba to the stepping of Ireland, kids will want to leap, dip, and zip along with the dances on the page!
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Kirkus Reviews

The snappy text will get toes tapping, but the information it carries is limited. 

School Library Journal

PreS-Gr 1--Debut author Bolling presents 10 forms of dance in short, rhyming stanzas. Each spread features a two-part phrase written in a font that matches the dance style. Alongside the text are bright, spirited illustrations of children doing various dances such as Kathak (India) and Kuku (Guinea), as well as styles with origins in the United States, including break dancing and disco. While some of the rhymes are very descriptive, others are nonspecific and do not provide much to enhance the illustrations. For example, the page with the Long-Sleeve Dance from China says "Glide and slide, side to side." Images depicting dances from the United States feature groups of children who are diverse in race, body size, and abilities. The back matter contains short description of each dance style, though, owing to the length and intended audience, these are also somewhat limited. VERDICT A fun and lively title; however, children will learn only a limited amount about each type of dance. For a more informative book, choose Marilyn Singer's Feel the Beat.--Clara Hendricks, Cambridge Public Library, MA

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Valerie Bolling
Kai Robinson is a digital illustrator and designer with a BFA in Illustration from Montserrat College of Art. Rainbow Days, written by Valerie Bolling, is their debut early reader series. Kai is based in New England.
Valerie Bolling is a graduate of Tufts University and Columbia University, Teachers College and has been an educator for over 25 years. Her debut picture book, Let's Dance! is a 2021 Crystal Kite Award winner. Rainbow Days, illustrated by Kai Robinson, is her debut early reader series. Bolling and her husband live in Connecticut.
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Astra Young Readers
Publication date
March 20, 2020
BISAC categories
JUV031020 - Juvenile Fiction | Performing Arts | Dance
JUV030000 - Juvenile Fiction | People & Places | General
JUV074000 - Juvenile Fiction | Diversity & Multicultural
Library of Congress categories
Stories in rhyme

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