American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Thomas Forster Pens MY DADDY CAN FLY!

For young dance lovers, a picture book about a young boy whose father has the unique position as a ballet dancer.

By: Aug. 18, 2021
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American Ballet Theatre Principal Dancer Thomas Forster Pens MY DADDY CAN FLY!


MY DADDY CAN FLY! by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Thomas Forster and Shari Siadat, illustrated by Jami Gigot, is the next book in Random House Children's Books brand partnership with the American Ballet Theatre, releasing on September 21st.

For young dance lovers, a picture book about a young boy whose father has the unique position as a ballet dancer. Written by American Ballet Theatre principal dancer Thomas Forster.

Ben and his friends are playing in their favorite part of the classroom-- the dress-up corner! They are talking about what they want to be when they grow up. Rachel wants to be a tae kwon do master, Dixie wants to be a doctor like her auntie, and John wants to be a teacher just like their teacher, Mr. Underwood. But when Ben says he wants to fly just like his daddy, his friends are sure his daddy must be a pilot.

Ben tells his friends that they aren't even close, but he offers a few more clues. His daddy is strong, gentle, fierce, and fast. His friends have lots of guesses, but no one lands on the right one until Ben gives them the biggest clue of all.

Written by a dad who is also a professional ballet dancer, this story will appeal to all ballet dancing children and their loved ones.

About the Creators of MY DADDY CAN FLY!

THOMAS FORSTER is a principal ballet dancer for American Ballet Theatre. He trained at the Elmhurst School of Dance and the prestigious Royal Ballet Upper School in England, before building his career with American Ballet Theatre. Tom lives in New Jersey with his wife, Leann, a former ABT dancer and teacher with the ABT Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis School, and their wonderful son, Benjamin.

SHARI SIADAT is an author, dancer, model, and activist, whose work focuses on identity, beauty standards, and movement as a mechanism for self-discovery.

JAMI GIGOT is the author and illustrator of Mae and the Moon and Imagination Vacation. She has worked as a digital artist on such feature films as Avatar, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and Ant-Man and the Wasp. After living in Madison, Los Angeles, and London, she now lives in beautiful Vancouver, BC, with her husband, two children, and a big orange cat.




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