Books for Theater Kids

Kids who love to perform will find lots to relate to in these books. But even those who don't will be able to relate to the school-play or talent-show settings, preshow anxiety, fun in the spotlight, and coming-of-age tales in which characters discover a special skill or talent and learn about competition, teamwork, self-expression, and identity. Some of these books involve professional actors. One shows a kid's life changed by Shakespeare, thanks to a caring teacher. For more stories about discovering who you are or who you want to be, check out our Coming-of-Age Books and 40 Books to Help Your Kid Survive Middle School

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Bookmarks Are People Too!: Here's Hank, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Boy finds smart ways to overcome challenges in fun story.
By Henry Winkler, Lin Oliver
(2014)
(2014)
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Goblin Secrets Book Poster Image
Orphan boy seeks lost brother in exciting, funny tale.
By William Alexander
(2012)
(2012)
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The Great American Mousical Book Poster Image
Cute adventure for animal and theater lovers.
By Julie Andrews Edwards, Emma Walton Hamilton
(2008)
(2006)
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Mister Max: The Book of Lost Things Book Poster Image
Intriguing tale of boy as detective after parents vanish.
By Cynthia Voigt
(2013)
(2013)
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Short Book Poster Image
Small girl grows inside in funny, inspiring theater tale.
By Holly Goldberg Sloan
(2017)
(2017)
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The Best Christmas Pageant Ever Book Poster Image
A unique and entertaining spin on an age-old tale.
By Barbara Robinson
(2004)
(1972)
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The Forget-Me-Not Summer: Silver Sisters, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Sisters grow closer away from home in smart coming-of-ager.
By Leila Howland
(2016)
(2015)
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Better Nate Than Ever Book Poster Image
Terrific tale of misfit taking bold step to remake his life.
By Tim Federle
(2013)
(2013)
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Counting Thyme Book Poster Image
Sensitive, engaging tale of girl with seriously ill brother.
By Melanie Conklin
(2016)
(2016)
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Drama Book Poster Image
Sharp, funny graphic novel captures chaos of theater.
By Raina Telgemeier
(2012)
(2012)
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Five, Six, Seven, Nate! Book Poster Image
Strong sequel sparkles with charm, humor, and heart.
By Tim Federle
(2014)
(2014)
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The Marvels Book Poster Image
Epic saga of theater family, told mostly in pictures.
By Brian Selznick
(2015)
(2015)
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Nate Expectations Book Poster Image
Theater kid blossoms in new role in sweet homecoming tale.
By Tim Federle
(2018)
(2018)
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Summerlost Book Poster Image
Deeply moving story of grieving girl trying to move on.
By Ally Condie
(2016)
(2016)
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The Wednesday Wars Book Poster Image
Funny, breathtakingly poignant '60s coming-of-age tale.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2007)
(2007)
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Hold Me Closer: The Tiny Cooper Story Book Poster Image
Gay teen's coming out becomes a musical in fun, campy novel.
By David Levithan
(2015)
(2015)
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Starstruck Book Poster Image
Fun mix of teen actresses, mystery in Golden Age Hollywood.
By Rachel Shukert
(2013)
(2013)
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