The best books about theatre written for children

Mark A. Robinson Author Of The Magical Mice of Broadway
By Mark A. Robinson

The Books I Picked & Why

A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z

By John Robert Allman, Peter Emmerich

A is for Audra: Broadway's Leading Ladies from A to Z

Why this book?

This book is a whimsical, colorful, and delightful introduction to the women who have made the American Musical Theatre great. Kids learn all about such talented ladies as Audra McDonald, Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera, Bernadette Peters, Lea Salonga, and Kristin Chenoweth, to name a few.


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Pamela's First Musical

By Wendy Wasserstein, Andrew Jackness

Pamela's First Musical

Why this book?

An oldie, but goodie, Wendy Wasserstein’s Pamela’s First Musical follows the wide-eyed title character as she enjoys the experience of a lifetime: a trip with her Aunt Louise to see her first musical on the Great White Way. This book is written by one of Broadway’s great female playwrights, the late Wendy Wasserstein.


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Lulu the Broadway Mouse

By Jenna Gavigan

Lulu the Broadway Mouse

Why this book?

For slightly older kids in the 8-12 age range, this chapter book (one in The Broadway Mouse series) follows a little mouse named Lulu with big dreams of starring on Broadway. This book will inspire young people to further investigate the magic of theatre.


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Bravo! Brava! a Night at the Opera: Behind the Scenes with Composers, Cast, and Crew

By Anne Siberell

Bravo! Brava! a Night at the Opera: Behind the Scenes with Composers, Cast, and Crew

Why this book?

There are many jobs in theatre, from the performers on stage, to all of the people like the writers, directors, and designers who make their magic behind the scenes. This book makes the excellent case that there is a place for anyone in the theatre, taking kids by the hand walking them through how it requires a team effort to make a production happen.


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Franklin's School Play

By Paulette Bourgeois, Brenda Clark

Franklin's School Play

Why this book?

Stage fright is a challenge that some performers must overcome. Some do so more easily, but when everyone’s favorite turtle Franklin is cast in the school’s production of The Nutcracker, his nerves start to get the better of him. This story is not only a great introduction to theatre, but it also features a relatable character overcoming a struggle and persevering.


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