I rarely feature books, especially children’s books; I’m usually excited over the latest interior tome, an art-inspired coffee table book, or a fabulous fashion publication. But now I’m excited since I do have a couple of darling authors in my life, so let bias precede me, as I bestow a little nod in their direction. The best stories are always created from the beautiful intensity of reality, and all three of these books share this same thread of commonality.
First off, I’ll start with Bunheads by Misty Copeland, and no, I don’t know Misty, but I’ve purchased this book to give to a young family member, who is, of course, a budding ballerina. A New York Times bestselling author, in this book, Misty captures the elegance of her younger self, as a young ballerina graciously accepting the role she performs in the ballet Coppélia. A story of goals, accomplishments and acceptance, Misty Copeland, clearly shares a moment that she experienced at a young age. Making history in 2015, Ms Copeland is the first black woman to achieve the position of principal dancer for the American Ballet Theatre, and this darling book is a gift of grace for any ballerina.