Great Summer Reads for Theatre Kids – Ages 3 to 7

Do you have a little one who always wants to be in the spotlight, behind the scenes, or watching from the audience? Check out these picture books that are perfect for ages 3-7.

Full of beautiful illustrations and imaginative stories, these books may even catch the eye of the grownup in the room. Introduce the exciting world of theatre with a few of our favorites for the youngest performers.

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The front cover of Backstage Car. Illustrations by Jenni Desmond.
  1. Backstage Cat by Harriet Ziefert and Jenni Desmond

Are you a cat lover? Do you spend your free time watching videos of feline antics? Then here’s a story for you!

A runaway kitty named Simon introduces kids to what it takes to put on a show and have a moment in the spotlight. It’s a kid-pleasing peek at a fascinating world that draws both stardom-seekers and those who prefer to remain behind the scenes. Kids will discover that there are just as many interesting things happening behind the footlights – and up in the catwalks – as on the stage!

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Illustration from Amazing Grace by Caroline Binch.

2. Amazing Grace by Mary Hoffman and Caroline Binch

Grace loves stories, whether they’re from books, movies, or the kind her grandmother tells. When she gets a chance to play a part in Peter Pan, she knows exactly who she wants to be. Remarkable watercolor illustrations give full expression to Grace’s high-flying imagination.

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Front cover of Stagestruck. Illustrations by Tomie DePaola.

3. Stagestruck by Tomie DePaola

A good book to learn the adage – There are no small parts, only small actors.

Tommy can’t wait to play Peter Rabbit in the school play. When he gets the part of Mopsy, he decides to make the most of it. Perhaps too much of it. After he hams it up on stage, he learns the valuable acting lesson – Don’t steal the show. It doesn’t stop him, however, from becoming “stagestruck.” This is a cute book for kids who can’t resist being the center of attention.

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Excerpt from A is for Audra. Illustrations by Peter Emmerich.

4. A is for Audra: Broadway’s Leading Ladies from A to Z by John Robert Allman and Peter Emmerich

From Audra McDonald to Liza with a “Z,” here is a showstopping alphabet book featuring your favorite leading ladies of the Broadway stage!

For more book recommendations, check out these other sites:

12 Picture Books About Theater for Kids

The Kids Zone at Sarasota County Libraries

Amazon Bestsellers