School’s back in session, and New York Public Library wants to ensure that you have the best possible reading lists for the New Victory Theater’s 2012/2013 season! From circus acts to wayward tricycles to violinists doing stuff you never thought possible on a stringed instrument, here are some titles to perfectly complement the New Vic’s awesome and awe-inspiring year:
Urban (Ages 8+)
Capoeira: Game! Dance! Martial Art! by George Ancona
Is it fighting or is it dance? Capoeira, a combination of play, martial arts and dance, is practiced in the United States and Brazil. With its colorful roots in the African culture of Brazil and the country's history, this is one dance book that’s bound to get you moving.
Double Dutch: A Celebration of Jump Rope, Rhyme, and Sisterhood by Veronica Chambers
Double Dutch isn’t easy. All the more reason for there to be this heartfelt tribute to the unique pastime of jump roping through poems, interviews, songs, history, quotes, rhymes, and photographs.
We B* Girlz by Martha Cooper
Who says boys are the only ones to break it down? Be sure to check out this pictorial look at some of the great women break dancers, also known as the B*Girlz.
Street Dance by Liz GogerlyRing a Ding Ding (Ages 3-5)
So you think you can dance? Do you even know what’s out there? This book looks at the urban dance style of street dance, examining its history, moves, slang, and the dancers themselves.
Once Upon a Banana by Jennifer Armstrong, ill. David Small
Sheer chaos EXPLODES after a man tosses a banana peel into the garbage can and misses. Who knew his one little monkey could cause so much trouble
Lost and Found: Three Dog Stories by Jim LaMarche
Dogs dogs dogs! LaMarche brings us three stories about being lost, being found, and finding your true home
The Great Gracie Chase: Stop That Dog! by Cynthia Rylant, ill. Mark Teague
A crazed comic chase occurs after Gracie the dog has a run in with some troublesome painters. Hijinks ensue!
Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion, ill. Margaret Bloy GrahamMojo (Ages 5+)
The classic tale of one little dog who becomes lost without being lost. Harry hates baths, but when he becomes so dirty that no one even recognizes him, it’s time to break out the old scrubbrush at last.
How Are You Peeling? Foods with Moods by Saxton Freymann
Can a pumpkin be angry? Can a zucchini be sly? Photographs of carvings made from vegetables introduce the wacky world of emotions.
It’s Picture Day Today! by Megan McDonald, ill. Katherine Tillotson
Heads up! It’s that day again, so all the art supplies gather together to make something truly unique. This is what happens when buttons get a mind of their own.
If Rocks Could Sing: A Discovered Alphabet by Leslie McGuirk
Ever found a cool shaped stone? Well what happens when rocks not only look cool but have their own personalities? Photographs of stones, rocks andpebbles that resemble the letters of the alphabet, as well as objects represented by each letter, abound in this droll little book.
My Dog Is as Smelly as Dirty Socks by Hanoch PivenBlack Violin (Ages 6+)
Break out the common household objects. When a young girl draws her family portrait she takes common objects to show off various aspects of each family member's personality.
Hip Hop Speaks to Children, edited by Nikki Giovanni
Poetry and hip hop are just two sides of the same coin. The variety of poetic forms and performance styles in this collection of rhymes makes this book an excellent source of material that you’re just not going to find anywhere else.
Poetry Speaks Who I Am, edited by Elise Paschen
Do you know who you are? How do you even find out? Let this collection of more than one hundred poems for teenagers (featuring the works of classic and contemporary poets like Emily Dickinson, Nikki Grimes, Langston Hughes, Seamus Heaney, etc.) help you find your way.
The Other Mozart: The Life of the Famous Chevalier de Saint-George by Hugh Brewster
Did you know that one of the greatest violinists and composers of all time started out as a slave? A story of the eighteenth-century black music master describes how in spite of racist taunts, Chevalier de Saint-George dedicated himself to his musical education and ultimately performed for the king and queen of France.
Dark Fiddler: The Life and Legend of Nicolo Paganini by Aaron Frisch
And then there was the violinist so good, the people who heard him were convinced he was possessed by the devil himself. Dark Fiddler tells the story of Nicolo Paganini, the 18th century Italian violinist whose extraordinary skills and eerie stage presence made him a mysterious musical legend.
Circus Oz (Ages 5+)
Wolf Won’t Bite! by Emily Gravett
No madcap circus can quite compete with one starring a vicious predator. Three little circus pigs capture a wild wolf and make him do outrageous tricks, safe in the belief that he would never bite them. Are they right?
Wink: The Ninja Who Wanted to Be Noticed by J.C. Phillips
Although ninjas should be silent and use stealth, Wink finds his enthusiasm gets him into trouble with his teacher until he finds the perfect way to express both traits. Good thing there’s a circus in town!
Tree Ring Circus by Adam Rex
In this cumulative tale, a tree becomes a hiding place for various animals, a runaway circus clown, and even an elephant. Nuttier and nuttier and nuttier.
If I Ran the Circus by Dr. SeussElizabeth Bird is currently New York Public Library's Youth Materials Collections Specialist. She has served on Newbery, written for Horn Book, and has done other lovely little things that she'd love to tell you about but that she's sure you'd find more interesting to hear of in person. You can follow Elizabeth on Twitter @FuseEight or email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In this great classic a young boy imagines the fantastic animals and incredible acts he will have for his greatest of all circuses.