The Story of Misty Copeland (The Story Of)

by Frank Berrios (Author)

The Story of Misty Copeland (The Story Of)
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
Series: The Story Of

Discover the life of Misty Copeland--a story about changing the world through dance, for kids ages 6 to 9

Misty Copeland is the first Black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre. Before she made history and became a symbol of change in the world of ballet, she was a determined girl who loved watching gymnastics and dancing on the drill team. She worked hard and overcame many obstacles to fulfill her dream of becoming a great ballerina.

This book helps kids explore how Misty went from being a shy young girl growing up in California to a world-famous ballet dancer and a role model to many people. This Misty Copeland book for kids includes:

  • Core curriculum--Kids will learn the Who, What, Where, When, Why, and How of Misty's life so far, and take a quick quiz to test their knowledge.
  • Her lasting change--This book explains Misty's impact and how she changed the world of ballet for future generations.
  • Short chapters--Brief chapters divide Misty's story into smaller sections that inspire new readers to keep reading.

How will Misty's dedication and positive outlook inspire the child in your life?

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Review quotes

"There are so many aspects of this book that will motivate young readers. It's written so well as it takes you through the life of Misty Copeland, who had the vision to become a principal dancer with ABT, despite so many hurdles. Young readers can connect to the courage and strength to achieve all she has, as they set their life vision to fulfill all of their desires." —Amparo Chigui Santiago-Woods

"The Story of Misty Copeland is a wonderful addition to any classroom or home library. As a mom and teacher who prioritizes learning about heroes from diverse backgrounds, I used this book to continue to instill within the young people in my life the value of perseverance and overcoming obstacles, whether they be financial, societal, or physical. I am overjoyed to be able to celebrate Misty and her accomplishments through engaging literature for children!" —C. Ines Mangual, MSEd, educator and mom

"For any young girl of color who second guesses themselves and questions their dreams, The Story of Misty Copeland will inspire them to reach for the stars. Frank Berrios guides us through Ms. Copeland's journey of accomplishing her dreams, despite numerous obstacles and setbacks. Truly inspirational!" —Renee Melendez, educator and author

"Whether you're a boy or girl, rich or poor, all are welcome to imagine: Do dreams really come true? The Story of Misty Copeland by Frank Berrios will invite young readers to dream big and believe dreams really can come true with sacrifice and willingness to work hard. While Misty faced many obstacles on her journey as a ballet dancer, young readers will be so inspired to learn how Misty's perseverance and visions for the future led to her becoming the first Black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre." —Deirdre Rock, adjunct professor for teacher education

Frank Berrios
FRANK BERRIOS is a widely published children's book author. He has written many Little Golden Books, including Football with Dad, Soccer with Mom, Miles Morales: Spider-Man, Black Panther, I Am Captain Kirk, and My Little Golden Book about Jackie Robinson. Visit him on the web at

KRISTIN SORRA is an award-winning illustrator specializing in children's publishing and products. Her work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators in New York. It has also appeared in comics, magazines, textiles, puzzles, posters, digital media, and her mom's birthday cards. Originally from Baltimore, she now lives in a quaint Hudson River town, just a few miles north of New York City. Visit
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Guided Reading Level
Rockridge Press
Publication date
November 30, 2021
The Story Of
BISAC categories
JNF007060 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Performing Arts
JNF007120 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Women
JNF039020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Performing Arts | Dance
Library of Congress categories

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