Posts tagged ‘dance’


Last month we shared with you the exciting news about Micha Archer, illustrator of Lola’s Fandango and The Wise Fool, and her magical decorations for a 10 foot tall Christmas tree, bringing Lola’s story to life. True to the story, big sister Clementina makes an appearance on the tree as well.


The 18th Annual Family Trees: A Celebration of Children’s Literature at the Concord, Massachusetts Museum is quickly approaching! This year, the wonderful illustrator of Lola’s Fandango, Micha Archer, has the great honor of decorating the main tree at the exhibit. The Family Trees exhibit will be open from November 27 – January 1 and all proceeds benefit the Concord Museum’s education initiatives. If you’re in the New England area this season, bring the whole family to see Micha’s tree and dozens of others inspired by children’s stories!  If you’re not in the area, please share with those who are, it’s a real treat for children’s book lovers.


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Christina Daniels, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Today’s podcast is from The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories. In “Making the Stone Smoke,” the king holds an impossible contest, saying that the man who can dance a stone into smoke will win the hand of his beautiful daughter. Anansi hears this invitation, and prepares for the task by filling his red coat pockets with ash. Be sure to tune in to see what happens when Anansi dances the limbo in front of the stone, and read on for a chance to win!


Today, we are pleased to have guest blogger Eve (Agush) Costarelli*, an accomplished flamenco dance performer and instructor, teach us a little more about this beautiful, expressive art form and how it nurtures creativity. Read on to learn more!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Linda Lunsford Weaver, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

This week’s podcast is a story about the ancient Egyptian form of belly dancing, and comes from The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories. In “When the Goddess Danced,” Ra, god of sun and father of all creation, falls in love with the beautiful Ruditdidit. When Ruditdidit becomes pregnant with triplets, Ra does everything in his power to keep her happy and comfortable. Tune in to find out how belly dancing helps Ruditdidit through childbirth, and read on for a chance to win!


If you’re anything like me, you’re starting to feel the winter months settling in. The cold is here and the kids are getting restless. You’re getting a bit tired of baking cookies, building forts and sweeping up remnants of the thousandth paper snowflake that your scissors and paper-loving child cut this week. So today, we’re pleased to bring you some help from two lovely ladies: Kerry Aradhya, author of the fabulous blog Picture Books & Pirouettes and Maria Hanley, a dance educator in New York City. We hope you enjoy their tips on making storytimes full of music, movement and laughter!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Meera Sriram, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

Before there was Match.com, 1 in 5 relationships started with good old-fashioned curse-breaking. This week’s podcast is from The Barefoot Book of Ballet Stories and is based on a ballet by composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Crowned queen after the death of her parents, Odette is cursed by the evil Von Rothbart and transformed into a swan. Her only way to break the curse and take back the throne is to meet a man who vows to love only her. But is Prince Siegfried “the one?” Tune in to our podcast to see if Siegfried stays true to Odette, and read on to win!


Thank you to everyone who left a comment and entered the contest, we loved hearing from you! Congratulations to Angela Loupe, our winner. This contest is now closed, please stay tuned for more!

This week’s podcast is from The Barefoot Book of Dance Stories and is based on a story from the Czech Republic. “Dancing with the Birch Fairy” is about the origins of polka, a lively dance for two partners with a hop-step-close-step foot pattern. In the story, Betushka meets a birch fairy whose dancing makes her forget about doing any work. Tune in to our podcast to see if Betushka’s lesson in polka dancing pays off, and read on to win!


Today, we are excited to share with you a special Q & A with Anna Witte and Micha Archer, the author and illustrator of Lola’s Fandango. Read on to learn about the inspiration for Lola, how the illustrations came to be and a little more about these amazingly talented women!


Our book, Lola’s Fandango, has been generating all sorts of buzz lately, including a coveted starred review from Booklist! It tells a tale of classic sibling rivalry—so who could bring the characters to life better than a real family? Check out our video interview with Rosi, Brian, Alisa and Sonia Amador, the talents behind the voices of Mami, Papi, Clementina and Lola, and learn what it’s like to be a voice actor and how the Amadors are like Lola’s family. Be sure to read on for a Q & A with Rosi and Brian* for more behind-the-scenes details about the narration!