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Diana Dances

Diana Dances

Interest Age: 3–6
Grade: p–1
Reading Level:
Common Core Correlations
CCSS.ELA-Literacy Strand-Reading literature:

Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773212487, 40 pages, March 2019 , 12.00" x 8.50"


A picture book star is born!

Diana is struggling in school. She’s bored. She can’t concentrate. And she really doesn’t like math.

Diana visits the doctor after her mother receives a call from a concerned school teacher, but the family doctor finds nothing amiss. It’s only when Diana hears the soft musical notes filling the psychologist’s office that her body begins swaying rhythmically and the correct diagnosis can be made: Diana is a dancer!

This wonderfully illustrated picture book debut showcases Luciano Lozano’s modern yet timeless style, making for a story that readers will want to return to again and again. Elements of diversity woven throughout the story send subtle yet powerful messages of inclusivity and body positivity to young readers. While Diana Dances is sure to resonate with budding dancers, its wonderful tribute to the need for self-expression, the power of movement, and the importance of self-esteem is universal. Diana’s joy at finding her creative outlet is infectious, making Lozano’s fearless heroine a sure-to-be favorite with children. The verdict is in: Diana is delightful!


  • Runner-up, Moonbeam Children’s Book Award, Silver 2019
  • Short-listed, Foreword INDIES Book Awards 2020


“Spare yet spirited matte illustrations by Lozano create a winning aesthetic . . . Images of the plucky heroine, sporting oversize eyeglasses and displaying an array of facial expressions and stances, bolster the book’s humor. ” 

- Publishers Weekly, 01/28/19

“The illustrations—mostly double-page spreads with lots of emotion and movement—are exceptionally good. Diana is a captivating character who immediately engages readers. ”

- CM Reviews, 12/07/18

“This book fills an important niche in a school library collection as a mirror for students whose learning style doesn’t match the traditional school setting. ”

- School Library Connection, 05/19

“Diana’s story will resonate with both children and adults as subtle themes and expressive artwork explore the power of self-esteem, individuality, and the benefits of kinesthetic learning and differentiated education in the classroom. ” 

- Foreword Reviews, 03/19

“There is so much emotion conveyed in the loose line work of Lozano’s drawings, making the cartoon style instantly relatable. Seeing Diana progress from worried to elated is joyous, and will give hope to anyone facing similar struggles with rigid format. ”

- CBC News, 02/20/19

“This tribute to a kinetic learner will reassure kids facing the same issue, and the wonderful ink on silkscreen illustrations . . . add sweet humor. The gentle demolishing of stereotypes—not everyone learns the same, not all ballerinas are tall and willowy—is an added benefit. ” 

- Booklist, 01/01/19

“For libraries, this would be great for storytime sessions tied to music and movement, and you’ll get the bonus of positive body image and the introduction of different learning styles, which is good for both your early learners to see and their parents/caregivers. ”

- B.A. Wilson Writes, 02/06/19

“Teachers could use this book to discuss learning styles and personality traits . . .   [and] discuss why it is important to find and develop one’s interests. [The illustrations emphasize] an important message to children about body image and stereotyping. ”

- Resource Links, 12/19

“Dreams may or may not come true, but the opportunity to have them is wonderful. ” 

- Kirkus Reviews, 12/05/18