Harriet’s Recital

by Nancy Carlson

Read aloud Kindergarten, Readability Grade one

Harriet loves to go to ballet class, but she hates recitals. For most of the book Harriet worries about everything that could possibly go wrong during her upcoming recital. Finally, on the night of the recital, she takes a deep breath and overcomes her fears. This book presents a universal theme that many of us can relate to, and good to share with apprehensive children.


On a piece of paper, draw a time that you were nervous. What happened? Have a class discussion of various times that people feel nervous.