Lucy Can’t Dance

The first picture book from author R. Alan Siler and illustrator Stephanie Jackson! In Lucy Can’t Dance, Lucy wants to join in dancing with her friends, but she’s not very good. Little Lucy Rosencrantz just can’t dance! But she finds her own dance and then no one can stop her! This is a story that encourages kids find their own dance and to discover the joys of dancing!

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A heartfelt story about self-discovery that needs to be off the shelf and in the lap of every child. Lucy Can’t Dance is sure to encourage and inspire your child to persevere when the things they love to do get difficult. This story is definitely a great book for teachers and guidance counselors as well.”
~Jennifer Balding, teacher at North Lee Elementary School (Cleveland, TN)

There’s something universal about dancing. Lucy Can’t Dance takes the struggle of being different and turns it into a joyful celebration that promotes a positive message: be yourself. Lucy is a six-year-old girl who loves all kinds of dancing. She tries to learn how to dance, but each unsuccessful attempt leaves her frustrated and self-conscious. With some help from her mom, Lucy realizes that hiding her own style of dance isn’t much fun, so she decides to take a chance… and dance! This heartwarming story embraces uniqueness and celebrates differences. Lucy, a lover of chocolate cupcakes with rainbow sprinkles, finds her groove and inspires all of us to start dancing!
~Amy Elkavich, co-owner of Hello Again Books (Cocoa, FL)

“Beautiful book. I love the subject, text and illustrations. Being shy about dancing and other things . . . a feeling many of us know well. Lucy’s bravery as a child inspires the adult in me.”
~Ellen C. Baxter, Adult Services Librarian at Fulton County Library System (Atlanta, GA)

“What a sweet little story about not giving up on trying something you really have your heart set on.  Lovely use of words and rhyming. Quite delightful.”
~Renee O’Rear-Ash, Teacher Librarian at Oakcliff Traditional Theme Elementary (Atlanta, GA)

A love letter to finding your own way to shine at the things that bring you joy. If you love Giraffes Can’t Dance, you’ll find that same joy when Lucy Rosencrantz finds her own way to dance.”
~Emma Caywood, Librarian at Wellesley Free Library (Wilmette, IL)


Lucy has discovered a love of dancing – and now you can too! Here’s a Spotify Playlist of some of Lucy’s favorite songs!


Stephanie Jackson is a digital artist and illustrator who loves history, music, and mashed potatoes. Her work has be featured in the new BBC book Doctor Who: 100 Illustrated Adventures released January 9, 2018, and she provided illustrations for the kOZMIC Press book Children of Time: The Companions of Doctor Who. You can find Stephanie’s art page at on Facebook at EclecticMuses Art & Illustration or you can visit her on the web at