Rarely does any biography capture a subject’s life so effectively with so few words. In Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova (Chronicle, $17.99), Laurel Snyder’s spare but flowing prose dances across each page, entrancing audiences as completely as Pavlova herself once did. Julie Morstad’s illustrations exquisitely portray Anna’s delicate and graceful physique as well as her strength of character as she brings her gift to all people, particularly in her signature title role in The Dying Swan. As it was said of this generous, talented woman, both during her life and at her untimely death, “Anna was born for this. Anna IS the swan.” Ages 6-9

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By Laurel Snyder, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452118901
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 18th, 2015

Robert Battle wore leg braces until he was six and didn’t take up ballet until he was thirteen. Yet a performance of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations inspired him to moonwalk in Miami, study modern dance at Juilliard, and eventually direct the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In My Story, My Dance (Paula Wiseman, $17.99), Lesa Cline-Ransome chronicles Battle’s struggles and successes in a detailed and personal narrative that will embolden young readers to dream. James E. Ransome’s illustrations are as thrilling and inspiring as the story, with warm depictions of the family and teachers who supported Battle, and exhilarating spreads of Battle’s triumphs on the stage. With a foreword from the dancer himself, this exultant work’s drama and emotion will surely inspire a new generation of dancers. Ages 6-10

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By Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome (Illustrator), Robert Battle (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781481422215
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 27th, 2015

Get with the Groove and it will take you on Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound (Roaring Brook, $22.99). Start in 1920s-30s Detroit, known as “The Motor City” and a boomtown for African Americans, where you’ll meet Berry Gordy. The next-to-youngest of eight children, he was known as a troublemaker, but he was also ambitious and entrepreneurial. In addition to writing hit songs himself, Berry had a keen sense of others’ talent and was beginning to recognize R&B’s potential to reach audiences of all colors. With an $800 loan from his family, Berry bought a two-story bungalow in the heart of Detroit’s black community; converted it into offices, his living space, and a studio; and launched his own record company. He called it Motown. The rest is history, which Andrea Davis Pinkney explores in this fascinating look at the influence of young black performers from urban Detroit on the American psyche. Ages 10-14

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ISBN: 9781596439733
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 29th, 2015