Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Top Dance Blogs of 2011: I Need Your Support!


Last year, the amazing Nichelle Strzepek of Dance Advantage held a contest to crown the top 20 dance blogs of 2010. My blog was so new at the time that I was afraid to enter, although I had fun keeping up with the contestants and voting for some of my favorite blogs.

Well, this year I've decided to be a little braver. My blog may not be a typical dance blog, but all of my posts involve dance or movement, and I hope that many of them help dance teachers find good picture books to use in their children's classes. So, I've decided to enter the contest's "Teacher Talk" category, which focuses on blogs about dance topics for or by teachers. You can read more about the contest and all of the categories here.

As my blog has started to grow, I've been pleasantly surprised to find out that so many different kinds of people like to combine dance and movement with children's literacy. It makes me extremely happy to know this, and so very thankful for all of my readers.

To move forward in the competition, I need your support! Please consider leaving a comment on this post, perhaps mentioning what you like about Picture Books & Pirouettes or what you would like to see more of in the future. The 20 blogs with the most comments by December 20, 2011, will enter the voting round of the competition. By the end of December, the top dance blogs of the year will be crowned!

28 comments:

  1. Good luck! I've enjoyed following your blog and look forward to your reviews. I'm always amazed at how many books there are that feature movement in one way or another. Although it's onlt natural. Kids never sit still.

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  2. I am delighted to have discovered your blog. As many of my children's book writing projects have a primary or secondary focus on the arts, your blog has given me much joy in seeing other books which do the same. Long live the dance pairing of literacy and the arts!

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  3. I love your blog because I get the scoop on new books I might otherwise miss.

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  4. Well... Where to start? The Divine Ms. A manages to find great books that sing, sway, and yes - dance- as we read them. The best picture books have movement in their very bones and as such are the perfect way to get kids thinking and moving at the same time. Go, Kerry!

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  5. Good luck! I think you have such a unique blog that is so cute and informative. I must tell my dance teacher friend about it too!

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  6. You do a great job of showing a different way to look at and interact with children's picture books!

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  7. I love your blog! It's so cheerful and colorful and informative. How clever to combine your love of dance and picture books. You feature beautiful books!

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  8. children are movers, doers and noisemakers for sure
    what a perfect way to bring all the senses together
    with your joyful blog thank you for sharing your
    creativity and passion for books and dance. what a
    gift best always blog on!!!! mim cramer

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  9. I love finding out about good books about dance to share with my daughter!

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  10. Deborah Bates CavittDecember 3, 2011 at 1:56 PM

    I hjad no idea there were so many dance books. Everyone of any age will enjoy this blog.

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  11. I LOVE the combination of dance and books in your blog since kids love both. We've found some great books for my dance-loving daughter. Good luck in the competition! I'd love to see your blog selected.

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  12. I browsed your blog in November. Very nice!

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  13. I love books about dancing, with words and pictures that dance across the page!

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  14. Your blog is truly unique because you highlight picture books with dance elements. Everyone can boogie along to the bookie!

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  15. Your blog is truly one of a kind, Kerry...keep up the good work!

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  16. What a great way to combine dance and books. I had not realised there were so many books about dancing until reading your blog. Keep on boogying and blogging.

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  17. As a dance teacher and a writer, I love how you are integrating picture books with dance! Wonderful! Best of luck with your blog!

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  18. Your blog is a lovely resource for readers seeking cha-cha-charming books on dance! You go girl!

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  19. I love that your blog combines children's books and dance. One of my daughter's loves ballet, and I have been doing Zumba as of late, so movement is important in our house. Speaking of which, have you thought of including any Zumba or other Latin-flavored categories besides Flamenco? Good luck with the contest!

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  20. You are a beautiful dancer so sharing this love with children books that deal with dance is a wonderful way to encourage others to dance and read.
    Good luck, Barb

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  21. I really enjoy your posts. It's awesome to combine your two passions into one blog and that's what makes it unique. By the way, have you read Lola's Fandango? It's perfect for you blog.

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  22. Yay! Good luck to you! You know I love your blog!

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  23. I rarely visit blogs but this one is such a treat: fresh, informative and just delightful. Not to be missed! peb

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  24. I've enjoyed getting to learn more about your blog. Great posts. Fun topics. You make it easy for your visitors too.

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  25. Dance Reader is all about books! Good luck!

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  26. Promoting literacy through dance --- gotta like it! Casting my vote... : )

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  27. Very original and unique, was fun to read.

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