10 Picture Books About Dance for Childhood Cancer Awareness

In February 2015, an Australian blogging friend and colleague, Katey  (Play to Talk),  received the life changing news that her beautiful 18 month old boy, Finlay, had Stage 4 Hepatoblastoma (and they are not alone. Each day four families discover that their child has cancer and three children die from cancer each week).

About Hepatoblastoma

Since this day, Finlay has been courageously fighting this terrible cancer, with his amazing family constantly by his side. After months of chemotherapy, Finlay underwent surgery today to remove the tumour from his liver and surrounding organs, having flown across the country from his home to Westmead Children’s Hospital in Sydney. But, they still have a long road ahead of them.

SUPPORT FOR FINLAY- Childhood Cancer Awareness

Once we saw the #justkeepdancing movement started by Ellen Degeneres, our team of Aussie mummy/play bloggers just knew we had to get behind the awareness campaign by dancing for Finlay and making a donation to the Friends of Finlay Fund: a fund set up for Finlay, his family and for ongoing cancer research.  We’d love you to do the same and challenge your own family and friends to take part by uploading a video of you and your kids dancing and by making a donation to The Kids’ Cancer Project.

Here are my kids and their cousin, Cha Chi, dancing for Finlay.

10 Picture Books about Dance

10 Books about Dance_ My Little Bookcase

And for more inspiration, we thought we’d compile our favourite books about dance.

The links will take you to The Kids’ Bookshop for more details about the books.

1. I Love to Dance by Anna Walker

2. Dancing with Grandma by Rosemary Mastnak

3. Josephine Wants to Dance by Jackie French and Bruce Whately

4. Giraffes Can’t Dance by Andreae Giles & Parker-re

5. Flora and the Flamingo by Molly Idle

6. One Funky Monkey by Stacey McCleary and Sue deGennaro

7. Angelina Ballerina by

8. Dogs Don’t Do Ballet by Anna Kemp and Sara Ogilvie

9. Dance like a Pirate by Stephanie Owen Reeder

10. The Peasant Prince by Cunxin Li


See Australia’s best mummy/play bloggers dance for childhood cancer awareness and research:

Just for Daisy

Octavia and Vicky

Living, Loving, Laughing

The Craft Train

Mee Too

Paging Fun Mums

Childhood 101


Like this post? Stay connected:

Be sure to join one of our communities for more literacy-based inspiration, or subscribe to our mailing list so you don’t miss out on future posts.

About Jackie Small of My Little Bookcase

10 Picture Books About Dance for Childhood Cancer Awareness


  1. What a great list of books, Josephine wants to dance has long been a favourite of my girls :-)

  2. Oh Jackie! I love their moves! :) Beautiful post – a great list of books too, we’ve enjoyed a few of those from the library!

  3. What an awesome collection of stories! And fab video!

  4. Super cute video – for a super important cause! So glad we can dance for Finlay too xx

  5. Debs said: On June 12, 2015

    Such a cute video. Great book list. Thanks. Go Finlay!!!

Leave a Reply

10 Picture Books About Dance for Childhood Cancer Awareness

3 Trackbacks