Book of the Week!

 MY CAT DOES BALLET by Robert Heidbreder, illustrated by Matt Schu will make cat lovers and ballet fans rejoice everywhere (on sale 10/17/23). In this quirky story, a boy shares his love of ballet with his cat who can dance pas de deux and grand jetés—unlike everyone else’s ordinary cats.

My Cat Does Ballet is a lighthearted, joyful book that opens the door for all kids to explore the delights of ballet, regardless of their gender. Readers will be introduced to ballet terms and famous dancers in an accessible and fun story. The backmatter includes a glossary of the ballet terms that are mentioned throughout as well as a brief description of all the famous dancers, past and present, the characters are named after. This is a fun read for children who love cats!


Robert Heidbreder was born in Quincy, Illinois, and later moved to Vancouver, BC, where he became an award-winning primary school teacher. Living in Vancouver, he discovered his love of ballet. He attends as many performances as he and his wife can. Their two cats sadly have to stay at home. My Cat Does Ballet is his twenty-first picture book. Visit him at


Matt Schu is the illustrator of Cut!: How Lotte Reiniger and a Pair of Scissors Revolutionized Animation by C.E. Winters and My Cat Does Ballet by Robert Heidbreder. Due to growing up in the Pacific Northwest, he draws a lot of trees, houses, and cloudy skies. He lives with his cat in Portland, Oregon, and she can do an impressive tour en l’air. Visit him at

Self Disclosure: I received a free copy of the book to feature. A cover image was also provided.

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