Brave Ballerina: The Story of Janet Collins
, by Michelle Meadows, Illustrated by Ebony Glenn
Henry Holt and Co., 2019
Janet Collins wanted to be a ballerina in the 1930s and 40s, a time when racial segregation was rampant in the United States. From her early childhood lessons to the height of her success as the first African American prima ballerina in the Metropolitan Opera ,this is the story of a remarkable pioneer who persevered against enormous odds. It’s a story told with simplicity and grace.