Share the story of the ballet with your kids through a book or video.

By Kathy Henderson
October 05, 2005

A library of holiday-related books and videos is a wonderful investment that pays dividends every year when your child begs to watch his favorites. To get this holiday tradition started, we've compiled a list of Nutcracker-related titles, available from Barnes & Noble at



By E.T.A. Hoffmann, Ralph Manheim, and Maurice Sendak

This award-winning translation of Hoffmann's original 1816 story, "The Nutcracker and the Mouse King," features illustrations by Sendak (of Where the Wild Things Are fame), who designed a stage production for the Pacific Northwest Ballet.

The Story of the Nutcracker Ballet

By Deborah Hautzig and Diane Goode

Preschoolers will enjoy this paperback version with abbreviated text and lovely illustrations by Caldecott Honor artist Goode.

The Nutcracker

By Janet Schulman, E.T.A. Hoffmann, and Renée Graef

A colorful hardcover adaptation of Hoffmann's story comes with a CD of Tchaikovsky's music.

The Nutcracker Classic Collectible Pop-Up

By David and Noelle Carter

This lavish pop-up version of the story includes intricate cutouts and scenes that resemble theatrical sets.


George Balanchine's The Nutcracker (1993)

A filmed version of the New York City Ballet's production is narrated by Kevin Kline and features Macaulay Culkin as the Prince.

The Nutcracker (1977)

American Ballet Theatre's version of the classic stars Mikhail Baryshnikov and Gelsey Kirkland.

Barbie in The Nutcracker (2001)

A good introduction for the youngest viewers, this video features computer-animated versions of the New York City Ballet's choreography.

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