How Do You Dance? by Thyra Heder

How Do You Dance?

A playful picture book that urges readers to bop, bounce, and shake from the author of FraidyzooThere are so many ways to dance! You can jiggle or wiggle or stomp. You can bop or bounce or go completely nuts. You can dance at the market or the bus stop, with your fingers or your face. You can dance because you’re happy or even because you’re sad. But, what’s the best way to dance? Exactly how you want to!In How Do You Dance?, author-illustr...

Details How Do You Dance?

TitleHow Do You Dance?
Release DateAug 6th, 2019
PublisherHarry N. Abrams
GenreChildrens, Picture Books, Storytime

Reviews How Do You Dance?

  • La Coccinelle
    This is more of a concept book than a story, but it's still adorable. How Do You Dance? is packed full of dancing humans of all kinds, diverse in size, shape, colour, and ability. There are dancing kids and dancing dads, dancing janitors and dancing construction workers... and even dancing dinosaurs!The illustrations really make this book. They're so exuberant that they showcase the joy of movement that can be felt all through the pages.There's n...
  • Abigail
    Author/illustrator Thyra Heder explores the joy of movement and dance in this newest picture-book, depicting a variety of children and adults getting into the groove and performing their moves, all while a stubborn little boy insists that he doesn't want to join in. The narrative, and the characters on the page, try to get him to relent, but he resists until the very end of the book...Having greatly enjoyed many of Heder's previous books, especia...
  • Erin
    Let's get weird indeed! I am so into this!! It's nice to see a book that recognizes that sometimes you just need to flop around and encourages you to do just that.
  • Annese
    So fun! I will have to try this for a listen & move storytime.
  • Krissy Neddo
    Liked Alfie, but love this one. What a diverse cast of characters- the dancing janitor was hilarious. Perfect for PE and music teachers and a library storytime. The dialogue with the non-dancing boy adds an element to make it more of a story and not just a book with pictures and words saying to just dance like this or like that. Ages 2-8.
  • Becky
    "Let it get weird." What a fun and encouraging book. And the 'try something new' spread has to make for a storytime hit. How could it not?!Highly recommended.
  • Emily Masters
    Can’t wait to read and wiggle with my littles with this one!!
  • Mandy
    Childrens Picture Book. This book is so fun, with people of all ages and skin tones showing how they bust a move. There is no wrong way to dance, just get your body moving! The characters in this book beckon, bop, flit, scrunch, and even poot as they encourage dancing for the fun of it. The stubborn character adds a bit of humor as he resists any encouragement to join in the fun. I can imagine this to be fun for a read aloud for preschool or earl...
  • Liz
    I really enjoyed this book. The images are extremely colorful and vivid. Also, this could be an awesome book for artists who want to practice drawing bodies (obviously it's wrong to out-right copy someone's artwork, but it's good practice to do for creating new characters). None of the characters drawn are stiff.
  • Robin
    Enchanting picture book celebrating dance. I loved the mix of kids and grownups and the diverse bodies shown finding joy in individual expression through movement. Reads aloud beautifully, may work well for story times. Highly recommended for ages 4-8 and anyone who loves to waltz with a mop or flop around until they feel better.
  • Pam
    Love the exploration of how so many people dance. The unseen narrator encourages the young boy to dance too though he insists he doesn't dance. Eventually, readers see him dance alone in his room.Heder celebrates movement of all sorts to celebrate, heal, encourage, cheer up, etc. in all types of situations. Definitely diverse people throughout the book.
  • Miss Kelly
    Beautifullly illustrated. Great book for a story time. Wonderful story extension ideas with this book too. In the middle of the book there is a centerfold of various fun new dance moves to try out. I think all ages would love this book. Dance! Like no one is watching!!! Read it, you will love it.
  • Erin
    A delightful celebration of movement and dancing. All kinds of people, all kinds of dance, for all kinds of reasons. The illustrations capture the motion and the words express the onomatopoeia of it all.
  • Molly Cluff (Library!)
    The way the illustrator captured the physicality of all the different dance moves and expressions is super impressive. And wow, many super unique kinds of people and silly dads. I really enjoyed this--it's a super easy book to use to get kids moving.
  • Emma
    I LOVE THIS BOOK!!! I love the message, I love the illustrations, I giggled out loud multiple times. I love everything about this book. Just like dancing, it's pure joy!
  • KDV
    This is so good and the illustrations are perfect! I like all the different kinds of people and bodies AND dance moves. I will definitely be using this at storytime.
  • Emily
    Pure joy! Perfection!
  • The Queue
    Fun story line, fantastic illustrations &, of course, great dancing! 🕺
  • Renee
    I love this book. I want to dance this book out during story time, if someone will let me. LOL
  • Joy Lane
    can't help thinking of Ella and book
  • Linda Atkinson
    hmmm--some combination and not always the same.
  • Kathryn
    What a fun book it would make a great read aloud.
  • Elizabeth
    An exuberant celebration of dance. I loved the watercolor illustrations so much, and the text is so much fun. This will make you want to put on your boogie shoes and get down whatever way you like.
  • Leonard Kim
    I always appreciate Heder’s books, and I liked this additionally as someone who looks like (and is like) the non-dancing protagonist.
  • Rebecca
    Simple text with beautiful illustrations expressing individuality with each character. This is a must picture book for all the little wigglers out there who like to boogie to any beat!
  • Clementine
    loved this one.
  • Anjanette
    LOVE it!!!!!!Sensory and Yoga story time approved!!!!
  • Michele Knott
    Celebrate you and being an individual. Even if that means being unique on your own.It's a book with a great message, but there are kids who don't dance, even on their own, and that's ok too.
  • Ms Threlkeld
    This book put a huge smile on my face 😀