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The Dance Happy Project

dance happy flierOver on Twitter, @mecaplan directed us to a cause dear to my dance-lovin’ heart: The Dance Happy Project. The project was initiated by eleven-year-old Georgia Bernbaum, who writes on the Dance Happy site that her goal is to “bring dance classes to more children, children who would not normally have access to dance lessons.” Proceeds raised during a performance/auction event held in Orlando, FL, on February 9th will fund dance classes for kids living at the Center for Women and Families, part of the Coalition for the Homeless of Central Florida.

paschkis_nutcrackerThere’s a range of items to bid on, including fine art and set and costume design sketches. Most relevant to us kidlit aficionados, though, is the illustration section featuring work by Caldecott medalist Brian Floca (a watercolor painted for A Ballet for Martha)Pamela Zagarenski (a painting from her Caldecott Honor book Sleep Like a Tiger), Eugene Yelchin (a vignette depicting Little Red Riding Hood meeting a debonair wolf), and many more. Several of the pieces — such Brian Floca’s,  Julie Paschkis’s gorgeous painting of Clara for The Nutcracker, and a print of one of Martin French’s Stompin at the Savoy: The Story of Norma Miller illustrations — are dance-related, but if that’s not your thing, there are plenty of other options to choose from! @mecaplan tells us web auctions are in the works for those of us who can’t attend the event in person. Other ways to help include donation of auction items and monetary donations.

And speaking of dance and happiness, have you seen this fantastic short by 2014 BGHB honoree Christian Robinson?

Katie Bircher About Katie Bircher

Katie Bircher, associate editor at The Horn Book, Inc., is a former bookseller and holds an MA in children's literature from Simmons College. She served as chair of the 2018 Boston Globe-Horn Book Award committee. Follow Katie on Twitter @lyraelle.



  1. Whoa, Georgia, way to make the rest of us feel like slackers.
    Seriously, impressive.
    And. Want. Yelchin. Wolf. So. Much.

  2. Katie Bircher Katie Bircher says:

    I know! I follow the A Mighty Girl project on FB and they frequently feature other really young activists. Super impressive.

    The wolf is fantastic, isn’t it? I also really love this watercolor by William Donovan:

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