Cover of When Nana Dances by Jane Yolen and Maddison Stemple-Piatt

When Nana Dances

Magination Press (November 2, 2021)
with Maddison Stemple-Piatt
Illustrated by Priscilla Burris
ISBN-10: 143383684X
ISBN-13: 978-1433836848

Written with my ten year old granddaughter, Maddison Stemple-Piatt, and sold ten plus years later. (She is now in law school!) And the publishing company who bought it–Magination Press–hadn’t been running yet in its current form. Both Maddison and I were young ballet dancers and dancing remained in both our lives (though with arthritis in my ankles and knees, I don’t dance any more). But she does. It’s all about a variety of Nanas who have danced and/or still dancing with their grandkids, in rhyme.

What reviewers have said:

  • “An ode to dancing grandmothers from a range of backgrounds, this picture book celebrates the fun that Nana creates, whether she’s shake-a-shaking, shimmying, or doing the salsa. Yolen and her first grandchild, Stemple-Piatt, who both trained in ballet from a young age, join forces for this dance-centered narrative. In rhyming text,” –Publishers Weekly