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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:
RL.2.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,1
L.2.1,1e,3,4,4a,4c,5
RF.2.3,3c,3d,3f,4,4a
SL.2.1,1b,1c,2,3,4,6
W.2.1,3,5,8

Reading Level: Lexile 530L
Hardcover (Picture book) : 9781773212487, 40 pages, March 2019 , 12.00" x 8.50"
Paperback (Picture book) : 9781773212470, 40 pages, April 2021 , 11.75" x 8.25"

Description

Diana is a dancer!

Diana is struggling in school and no one knows why. One day she can’t help but dance to music she hears, and the truth becomes clear—there’s nothing wrong with Diana. She just learns through movement. Diana is a dancer!

Awards

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

Reviews

“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

“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

“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

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

- Kirkus Reviews, 12/05/18

“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

“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

“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

“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

“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