kidsActing Book Club: Books for Kids that are All About Theatre

Welcome to the new kidsActing Theatre Book Club! We will feature books about theatre for everyone, young and old, who are interested in theatre!
 
Here are five fantastic books for younger children (ages 4 and up). 
 
For information about each book, click the image.
 
Happy reading!
Title: Amazing Grace
Author: Mary Hoffman
Illustrator: Caroline Binch
Reading Level: Ages 4 and up
 
Selected by former First Lady Laura Bush as one of her five favorite books of all time, Amazing Grace tells the story of young Grace, who loves nothing more than acting out her most treasured stories. She wants to play the role of Peter Pan in the school production, but her friends tell her she can’t because Peter is a boy, and not black.
Her grandmother, however, shows Grace that she can be anything she wants if she puts her mind to it. It so happens that Grace makes a delightful Peter. This edition is the picture story version of Amazing Grace. There is also a "chaptered" edition for older kids to enjoy reading on their own. 
Also available for Kindle and other e-readers.
Title: Stagestruck
Author: Tomie dePaola
Illustrator: Tomie dePaola
Reading Level: Ages 4 and up
 
Tommy can’t wait to play Peter Rabbit in the school play. However, he talks a bit too much in class and his teacher gives him the part of Mopsy, a part that has no line. Tommy is quite upset at first, then decides to make the most of it.
Perhaps too much of it. After he hams it up on stage, he learns the valuable acting lesson, “don’t steal the show”. It doesn’t stop him, however, from becoming “stagestruck.” This is a cute book for kids who can’t resist being the center of attention. 
 
Also available for Kindle and other e-readers
Title: Louise the Big Cheese: Divine Diva
Author: Elise Primavera
Illustrator: Diane Goode
Reading Level: Ages 5 and up
"Dream big" is Louise the Big Cheese's motto. But try though she might, she's just plain old Louise, no Cheese. When the casting call goes out for Cinderella, Louise just knows that it's her moment to shine and take the stage as the STAR of the show.
Unfortunately, the director casts Louise as a mouse while her best friend, Fern, who wasn't even going to try out in the first place, gets to be Cinderella. Louise may be a mouse in the show, but in the end, it's up to her to save the day.
 
Also available for Kindle and other e-readers
Title: Rifka Takes a Bow
Author: Betty Rosenberg Perlov
Illustrator: Cosei Kawa
Reading Level: Ages 5-9
In 1915, Rifka’s parents are actors in a Yiddish theater on 2nd Avenue in New York City. Rifka describes the experience of traveling with them to the theater, hanging out with the actors as they prepare and watching the action from backstage.
 
Being among the hustle and bustle of a group of people getting ready for a performance is just as magical as being on stage. From the surprise of fake props to the transformation of actor into character to the careful traipsing across stage wires, Perlov gets that magic just right.
 
Even if your child has never had the privilege of “treading the boards” or “watching from the wings” he or she will want to jump right in after reading about Rifka. An endnote gives historical background on the importance of Yiddish theater in America.
Also available for Kindle and other e-readers
Title: Moses Sees a Play
Author: Isaac Millman
Reading Level: Ages 5 and up
 

Actors from the Little Theatre of the Deaf are coming to Moses' school, and Moses and his classmates are going to see a play! A class from another school joins them, and Moses is introduced to Manuel, who has just moved to the United States.

 

Manuel doesn't know English or sign language yet. Moses, being deaf, knows how hard it can be when no one understands you, so he tries communicating with Manuel using body gestures, while also teaching him some simple signs. 

This delightful book about Moses incorporates clear and colorful pictures, written English, and American Sign Language (ASL). Detailed diagrams of the signs are included so that readers can learn along with Manuel.

 

This book is currently available in print editions only and can be found in bookstores (online, brick & mortar) and most libraries.

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