Take a peek inside American Ballet Theatre’s new children’s books

Take a peek inside American Ballet Theatre’s new children’s books

American Ballet Theatre’s latest stage is the page

Note: The live discussion between Isabella Boylston and John Robert Allman has been postponed. This story will be updated with the rescheduled date once confirmed.

The alphabet provides plenty to peruse in “B is for Ballet,” released Tuesday as part of American Ballet Theatre’s new children’s book series, which also includes the title “Boys Dance!” What’s more, Ballerina Book Club‘s Isabella Boylston and Connor Holloway are each featured.

To mark the release of the books, Boylston will take to Instagram Live at a future date for a chat with author John Robert Allman — who penned both “B is for Ballet” and “Boys Dance!,” along with “A is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies from A to Z.” If you can’t make it for the livestream, don’t fret. The discussion will be archived.

Isabella Boylston in "B is for Ballet" by John Robert Allman. Photo: Rachael Dean.
Isabella Boylston in “B is for Ballet” by John Robert Allman. Photo: Rachael Dean.

Illustrated by Rachael Dean, “B is for Ballet” takes readers through a variety of ballet terms and features dancers from the American Ballet family, including Boylston, Misty Copeland, Twyla Tharp, Calvin Royal III, Hee Seo, Herman Cornejo and Lucia Chase, among others.

“The dazzling, creative wordplay forms a graceful pas de deux with the stylish, swooping lines and rich color of the sumptuous illustrations,” Doubleday Books for Young Readers said, noting that the picture book is suited for children and adults alike.

"Boys Dance!" by John Robert Allman. Photo: Luciano Lozano.
“Boys Dance!” by John Robert Allman. Photo: Luciano Lozano.

“Boys Dance!” turns its spotlight to “guys who love to pirouette, jeté and plié.” Filled with illustrations (this time by Luciano Lozano) of young dancers, the book aims to undo negative stereotypes and was created with the input of American Ballet Theatre male dancers, according to the publisher. The work also showcases testimonials from company members (including one from Holloway) in the afterword.

“The first time I saw a male dancer jump across a studio, I was frozen in my small tracks,” Holloway says in the book. “Because of ballet, I am stronger, smarter and more self-aware. I never knew ballet could lead to a life so full.”

This article has been updated to indicate that the live conversation with Isabella Boylston and John Robert Allman has been postponed. 


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Top Image: "B is for Ballet" by John Robert Allman. Photo: Rachel Dean.