World Theater Day

Celebrate World Theater Day!

A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z

A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z By John Robert Allman; illustrated by Peter Emmerich

Step into the spotlight and celebrate a cavalcade of Broadway’s legendary ladies. Start with “A” for six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald, then sing and dance your way through the alphabet with beloved entertainers like Patti LuPone, Bernadette Peters, Chita Rivera, Lea Salonga, Kristin Chenoweth, Kelli O’Hara, and Liza Minnelli!

Broadway fans and theater lovers everywhere will give a standing ovation to this one-of-a-kind tribute full of toe-tapping rhymes, with illustrations as bright and beautiful as the shining lights on any marquee.

B Is for Broadway

B Is for Broadway By John Robert Allman; illustrated by Peter Emmerich

From AUDITIONS to ZIEGFELD, grab a ticket to this smash-hit, rhythmic alphabet book featuring your favorite performers, creators, songs, and shows from the Broadway stage!

Step into the spotlight and celebrate a cavalcade of Broadway legends! Start with “A” for “audition” with the iconic line-up from A Chorus Line, then peek behind “B” to see the “backstage” buzz, and dance along with “C” for “choreographers”.

Children and grown-ups alike can spot beloved stars and creators from today and yesterday, such as Lin-Manuel Miranda, Patti LuPone, Michael Bennett, Jennifer Holliday, Ethel Merman, and Billy Porter. Readers will also see famous New York theaters, beloved shows such as Hamilton and Hairspray, and the crew, stylists, and technicians who are vital to each performance. It’s a celebration of the American stage that no fan is going to want to miss.

A portion of the proceeds from the sale of this book is donated to The Actors Fund.

Boys Dance! (American Ballet Theatre)

Boys Dance! (American Ballet Theatre) By John Robert Allman; illustrated by Luciano Lozano

A lively and encouraging picture book celebrating boys who love to dance, from the renowned American Ballet Theatre.

Boys who love to dance are center stage in this encouraging, positive, rhyming picture book about guys who love to pirouette, jeté, and plié. Created in partnership with the American Ballet Theatre and with the input of their company's male dancers, here is a book that shows ballet is for everyone.

Written by the acclaimed author of A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z, this book subtly seeks to address the prejudice toward boys and ballet by showing the skill, hard work, strength, and smarts is takes to be a dancer. Fun and buoyant illustrations show boys of a variety of ages and ethnicities, making this the ideal book for any boy who loves dance. An afterword with photos and interviews with some of ABT's male dancers completes this empowering and joyful picture book.

My Daddy Can Fly! (American Ballet Theatre)

My Daddy Can Fly! (American Ballet Theatre) By Thomas Forster with Shari Siadat; illustrated by Jami Gigot

For young dance lovers, a picture book about a young boy whose father has the unique position as a ballet dancer. Written by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Thomas Forster.

Ben and his friends are playing in their favorite part of the classroom-- the dress-up corner! They are talking about what they want to be when they grow up. Rachel wants to be a tae kwon do master, Dixie wants to be a doctor like her auntie, and John wants to be a teacher just like their teacher, Mr. Underwood. But when Ben says he wants to fly just like his daddy, his friends are sure his daddy must be a pilot.
 
Ben tells his friends that they aren't even close, but he offers a few more clues. His daddy is strong, gentle, fierce, and fast. His friends have lots of guesses, but no one lands on the right one until Ben gives them the biggest clue of all.

Written by a dad who is also a professional ballet dancer, this story will appeal to all ballet dancing children and their loved ones.

B Is for Ballet: A Dance Alphabet (American Ballet Theatre)

B Is for Ballet: A Dance Alphabet (American Ballet Theatre) By John Robert Allman; illustrated by Rachael Dean

An A to Z celebration of the world of ballet, from the renowned American Ballet Theatre.

A is for arabesque, B is for Baryshnikov, and C is for Coppélia in this beautifully illustrated, rhyming, alphabetic picture book, filled with ballet stars, dances, positions, and terminology. Written by the acclaimed author of A Is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z, the dazzling, creative wordplay forms a graceful pas de deux with the stylish, swooping lines and rich color of the sumptuous illustrations. In partnership with the American Ballet Theatre, here is the perfect gift for any ballet fan, from children just starting ballet to adults who avidly follow this graceful artform.

The One And Only Dylan St. Claire

The One And Only Dylan St. Claire By Kamen Edwards; illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler

Meet elementary school superstar Dylan St. Claire in this laugh-out-loud book about a live-out-loud boy.

Dylan's getting ready to audition for the school play, a musical about outer space, and he's got his sights set on playing the star . . . figuratively and literally. But when he ends up being cast as a squirrel, the real theatrics begin. Follow this extremely secure and unique boy through his daily dramas as he tackles each dilemma with pizzazz and skill.

Giving a fabulous voice to the kind of boys who are under-represented in children's books, Dylan St. Claire confidently walks between "masculine" and "feminine" behavior: He cries openly and expresses his emotions but also cracks jokes and finds his inner strength when the going gets rough. Full of laughs and a one-of-a-kind character kids will cheer for, this hilarious story is a celebration of individuality, persistence, overcoming disappointment, and what it takes to be a true star.

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