Bibliography of children’s literature for dance-making

Waiting for Wings by Lois Ehlert (PreK-1)

Beautifully illustrated, easy language, sequencing butterfly dances related to a butterfly or life-cycle study in class

Sky Scrape / City Scape edited by Jane Yolen (1-3)

Poems about the city by various poets identifying and expressing descriptive language through movement ELA and social studies - NYC

Musicians of the Sun by Gerald McDermott (2-4)

Aztec folk tale, beautifully illustrated identifying character traits as basis for movement study, selecting and sequencing main ideas in a story as a series of tableaus (or frozen moments)

Swimmy by Leo LIonni (PreK-1)

Underwater study, identify and explore how different underwater plants and animals move

Why Sun and Moon Live in the Sky by Elphinstone Dayrell (K-2)

West African folk tale --- explore contrasting character qualities through movement --- Sun, Moon, Water

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak (K-2) Sequence story into a dance

Anansi the Spider by Gerald McDermott (1-3)

Contrasting characters (6 brothers), symbols and representation of characters visually and kinesthetically, spider webs (connected shape),

In the Tall, Tall Grass by Denise Fleming (PreK-K) life in the grass insect, bug, and animal movements --- hiding in the grass, then flying, creeping, crawling, etc.

Alphabet City by Stephen T. Johnson (PreK-K)

Great paintings of city details that look like letter shapes. Good jump of for identifying letter shapes in the world around, and then creating body alphabet shapes --

Poems by Lillian Moore (Windsong in particular), and other poets that create vivid images of seasons, weather, etc.

Head, Body, Legs by Wond-Ldy Paye and Margaret H. Lippert (1-2)

A story about community, working together to accomplish something body parts dancing- movement exploration for different parts, working in groups to make collective shape, group choreography