Books for Circus Fans

I love just about all things circus related.  My family can’t drive through Wisconsin without stopping at the Circus World Museum in Baraboo  and The Ringling Circus Museum in Florida is on my bucket list. But if you are ever in the Twin Cities in MN during the first half of August, I highly recommend seeing the summer show at Circus Juventas  which is a youth performing arts school.  Those kids put on an amazing show! Then there’s  Judy Onofrio,  a mixed media artist who did a series of circus sculptures of which I’d love to own one some day.  I could go on but since this a blog about books, I probably should mention a few of my favorite circus books as well.  Several circus themed books have been released in just the past few months, so I must not be the only circus fanatic out there. Here’s a little something for everybody.

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Fantasy fans will love this story of a boy  who grew up listening to his grandpa’s stories of the magical Circus Mirandus by Cassie Beasley.  This one is getting great reviews!
9780525428435. 2015. Gr 4-7.

Big Top Burning: The true Story of an Arsonist, a Missing Girl, and the Greatest Show On Earth by Laura A. Woollett.  This is for those of you who were completely drawn into the Serial podcast like I was. It will appeal to students who like mysteries and following the evidence.
9781613731147. 2015.  Gr 5-8.

The Greatest Shows on Earth: A History of the Circus  by Linda Simon  is well researched with many primary resources. It would be a good addition to a high school collection.
9781780233581. 2014 . Gr 10-Adult.


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Circus Train by Jennifer Cole Judd is a fun picture book introducing the various acts of a circus. The colorful illustrations and rhyming text makes this a great read-aloud.   9781477826348. 2015.  Gr PS-2.

The Circus Mystery by Martin Widmark is  #3 in The Whodunit Detective Agency.  9780448480701. 2015. Gr 2-4.

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