I Am a Ballerina Cover
I Am A Ballerina French cover
I Am A Ballerina Japanese Cover

I Am a Ballerina

written by Valerie Coulman
illustrated by Sandra Lamb
ISBN 1-894222-91-1

Honors & Awards

  • Shortlisted, British Columbia Chocolate Lily Reader’s Choice Award (2006/7)
  • "Mom's Choice" Official Selection, Just for Mom Foundation (2005)
  • Nominated for the Amelia Frances Howard-Gibbon Award for Illustration (2005)
  • Halton Active Living Network "Active Minds Active Bodies" Booklist (2005)
  • Selected, Spring 2005 "Storytime Standout" by the BC Council Connector Newsletter
  • Featured in Dance Retailer News and Dance Teacher Magazine (Spring 2005)
  • French edition, Je suis ballerine!, received rave review in Lurelu, Spring/Summer 2005

Reviews & Accolades

"The author of this happy little story has truly caught the excitement and enthusiasm that one little girl has for her love of dance." —Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review, June 2007

"I loved this book! I loved it because it is about ballerinas and dancing and I love to dance. The pictures in the book are so pretty…I think that most little girls would love to read this book." —Independently Reviewed (Review by Kathryn, age 4, with help from her mom), February, 2005

"This entertaining story of a young girl's dream fulfillment is ideal for children to see how dreams come true… Parents and grandparents may also take pleasure in giving this book to a young child as a way to relive their own childhood fantasies." —CM: Canadian Review of Materials, February, 2005

"…pastel illustrations realistically portray the heroine’s enthusiasm and determination to reach her dream… a pleasing glimpse into the world of ballet." —School Library Journal, March, 2005

"This book is sure to be a big hit with all aspiring ballerinas. The story line will be familiar to anyone who has had a daughter wishing to be a dancer…could be suitable for discussions on careers and fitness activities… I am sure it would be a highly circulated item in school and public libraries." —Resource Links, February, 2005

"…the joy in movement beaming from both text and art will surely find a receptive audience." —Booklist, February, 2005

"What unfolds through these pages is the cultivation of self-worth and the flowering of hopeful anticipation in a girl who dreams about becoming a ballerina. We imagine holding our own child or grandchild, reading the story and watching its effect…these are pleasant words, sweet for a young soul, and healthy for a young body." —Christian Week & ChristianCurrent, January, 2005

"…soft chalk-pastel illustrations set this book apart from the many other ballet-themed picture books on the market." —Montreal Review of Books, Spring & Summer, 2005

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