Nana can make any object a dancing partner. An umbrella, a broom, even a rake! Both onstage and off, she can shimmy, she can mambo, and do the bunny hop. She’s won prizes and can dance to grandpa’s music or to her own beat. But nothing is more special than when grandma dances with her grandchildren.

This fun story is filled with the movement, energy, and laughter that comes when kids dance with their grandparents.

Read an interview with authors Jane Yolen and Maddison Stemple-Piatt about creating the book.

Hear the authors read When Nana Dances aloud.

by Jane Yolen

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Jane Yolen is the author of over 400 books for children and adults. Her books, stories, and poems have won many awards including the Caldecott Medal, two Nebula Awards, two Christopher Medals, three Golden Kite Awards, and the Jewish Book Award. She lives in Hatfield, Massachusetts. Visit her website or follow her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram.
by Maddison Stemple-Piatt

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Maddison Stemple-Piatt is Jane’s first grandchild. Following in her Nana’s footsteps, she trained in ballet from a young age. She has earned her bachelor’s in psychology with minors in Spanish and dance, her master’s in criminology and criminal justice, and is currently a Juris Doctor candidate. She lives in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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  • When Nana Dances

    Jane Yolen and Maddison Stemple Piatt

    This lively story will leap into the hearts of kids and their grandparents alike as it celebrates intergenerational relationships in rhyming text.

    Nana can make any object a dancing partner. An umbrella, a broom, even a rake! Both onstage and off, she can shimmy, she can mambo, and do the bunny hop. She’s won prizes and can dance to grandpa’s music or to her own beat. But nothing is more special than when grandma dances with her grandchildren.

    This fun story is filled with the movement, energy, and laughter that comes when kids dance with their grandparents.