The Fairy Dancers


Every Saturday, with a hop, a skip, and a magical twirl, Mia, Emma and Grace (with a little help from Mia’s dachshund, Coco) put on their dancing shoes and turn into Fairy Dancers.

Starting with 2015’s The Fairy Dancers, these gentle stories about three friends in a junior ballet class quickly became firm favourites with little girls around Australia. Volume 2 in the series, The Fairy Dancers: Dancing Days was published by ABC Books in 2017.

Each book contains three stories about the girls’ adventures with Coco and their beloved ballet teacher, Miss Ashleigh, brought joyously to life by Cheryl Orsini’s delicate and deftly humorous  illustrations. 

The Fairy Dancers books are ideal for bedtime stories with Mum or Dad; and the three story format has also proved a hit with newly independent readers, who are moving beyond picture books, and appreciate a slightly longer format that still has the comfort of full colour illustrations throughout.

Dancing Class

Numerous downloadable party favours and children’s craft activities for the Fairy Dancers books are available free of charge on the Makerspace Page, to help you entertain children on wet days, or for library activities and Fairy Dancer themed parties.

Buy The Fairy Dancers from Booktopia

Buy The Fairy Dancers: Dancing Days from Booktopia

Reviews of The Fairy Dancers: Dancing Days

An excellent gift or Christmas book..this is an incredibly beautiful series. Magical and special. (Follow link to listen to full review; it starts at about 13:30.)

ABC Radio Brisbane “Bookworms"

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Reviews of The Fairy Dancers

The Fairy Dancers is simply stunning – production quality is awesomeness, making it the perfect keepsake gift book, the illustrations by Cheryl Orsini are exquisite and Natalie’s writing, as always, shines and sparkles...everything we love – ballet, fairy wings, dogs – exquisitely packaged into a hardcover giftbook. I see this being the book we gift to all our little reader friends in the 3- 8 year old category in the next 6 months!

Children’s Books Daily

This is a beautiful book and would be lovely to give to a girl about to start ballet classes or star in her first concert. The illustrations are bright and cheerful and included in colour on every page, which is perfect for emerging readers and younger children….Little girls who don’t take ballet will probably ask mum and dad for lessons.

Reading Time

This pretty pre-chapter book, containing three stories, is a good gift book for junior fiction readers. Young friends Emma, Mia and Grace are three ‘fairy dancers’ who attend an exclusive ballet class. Mia’s sausage dog is the fourth member... The girls are kind and considerate, and Emma’s rebellion in the first story is the only whiff of mischief. The message in each story is as sweet as the dainty artwork, such as the joy you get from thinking of others, or how to rise above disappointments. Children who love fairies and ballet will be in heaven as soon as they open up to the pretty endpapers... With extensive full-colour artwork and simply told stories, emerging readers will see this as a worthwhile challenge. It is recommended for children aged five to eight. (6 August 2015)

The Australian Bookseller and Publisher

And here are some reviews from real little girls:

'I liked all of it. Mia is my favourite cause she owns Coco 😊’ (Maddi, aged 5, a girl after my own heart!)

‘It was fantastic!! I liked the concert the best because it was a really nice story how they included Grace and didn't leave her out’ (Lexi, aged 7)

‘Read it again!’ (Scarlett, aged 6)

Download Cheryl Orsini’s Fairy Dancers Activity Pages

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