One Non Traditional Valentine Book Every Dance Teacher Should Have

I like kids books and I cannot lie… (see what I did there?) ;) Every month (mostly) I talk about a book that has, or is rocking my teaching world, because I’m all about resources and tools that making teaching easy. I know first hand that dance teachers wear a lot of hats, so anything I can do to make my life (and your life) easier and more fun is gold!

This month I’m sharing one non traditional Valentine book I think every dance teacher should have in their library. There’s tons of sweet and heartfelt Valentine books out there, but this book holds a special place in my heart because of its message of body acceptance and inclusivity.

I started using Dr. Seuss’s The Shape of Me and Other Stuff yeeeeeears ago, and let’s be honest, the man knew how to write a great kid’s book. This story is great for exploring so many movement concepts: shape, direction, pathways, energy, so you can weave the phrases and illustrations into your teaching however your see fit. But the last line of the book is my favorite:

OF ALL THE SHAPES WE COULD HAVE BEEN, I SAY HOORAY FOR THE SHAPE WE’RE IN.
— Dr. Seuss

Now I’d love to hear from YOU! What traditional, or non traditional books do you like to use this time of year? Oh, and BTW, since this is the week of Valentine’s, make sure you pop over to the Shop to see the awesome Valentine’s Day Card and Body Kind Guide I have over there! Happy Reading + Dancing!

 
Katrena Cohea