On May 30, Ross Lower School students, families, and members of the community gathered in the Multi-Purpose Room at the Lower School to meet author Katharine Holabird and celebrate the 30th anniversary of her award-winning Angelina Ballerina children’s book series. Katharine read aloud the story of Angelina, who wants more than anything to become a ballerina, while sophomore Emma Engel portrayed the main character in a ballet performance.
The event was hosted by the Ross School Parents Association and organized by LS PA President Genie Egerton-Warburton.
Katharine kicked things off by inviting the audience, mostly little girls who came dressed for the occasion in tutus and tiaras, to help her turn Emma into Angelina. At their suggestion, Katharine gave Emma whiskers and a tail. Throughout the story time, Katharine and Emma entertained all with their dramatic portrayal of the book. At the conclusion, Katharine and Emma encouraged the little ones to join in as they taught them basic ballet steps including turns, jumps, and a graceful curtsey.
Afterward, the PA raffled off two huge stuffed Angelina Ballerina dolls. Genie and Emma took to the stage to pick the winning tickets and handed over the prizes to the lucky Lower School students.
The author then signed books and chatted with the children and families, with many sharing favorite memories of reading Angelina Ballerina. Katharine talked about her own daughters, the inspiration for the series, and the fun they had growing up dreaming of becoming ballerinas.
“The afternoon was so much fun for the kids and adults, and it was great to bring the community together for such a warm, friendly event. It’s a great example of what the Ross School experience is all about,” Genie said.