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Jazz: Children's Books About Jazz

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Children's Books About Jazz

Cover ArtDjango - Bonnie Christensen
Call Number: J 787.87 CH
ISBN: 9781596434226
Publication Date: 2009-09-01
Born into a travelling gypsy family, young Django Reinhardt taught himself guitar at an early age. He was soon acclaimed as the "Gypsy Genius" and "Prodigy Boy," but one day his world changed completely when a fire claimed the use of his fretting hand.

Cover ArtDuke Ellington - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
Call Number: J B ELLINGTON
ISBN: 0786821507
Publication Date: 1999-03-03
A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.


Cover ArtElla Fitzgerald - Andrea Davis Pinkney; Brian Pinkney (Illustrator)
ISBN: 0786805684
Publication Date: 2002-04-01
Through the voice of Scat Cat Monroe, a feline fan, an acclaimed author tells the inspiring story of the Queen of Scat while a Caldecott Honor winner's dramatic perspectives and fantastical images offer a jazzy improvisation all their own.

Cover ArtGod Bless the Child - Billie Holiday; Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Call Number: JE H
ISBN: 0060294876
Publication Date: 2004-01-01
Complete with a CD of Billie Holiday's classic song, this picture book tells the tale of a struggling family's move from the rural South to the urban North during the 1930s Great Migration era through accessible text and detailed illustrations for young readers of all ages.

Cover ArtJazz A-B-Z - Wynton Marsalis; Paul Rogers (Illustrator); Phil Schaap (Contribution by)
Call Number: J 811 MA
ISBN: 0763621358
Publication Date: 2005-10-25
Profiles twenty-six of the jazz greats of all time, from Count Basie to Louis Armstrong, through a review of their work, their life stories, and their greatest hits as reviewed by one of today's top jazz performers, Wynton Marsalis.

Children's Books About Jazz

Cover ArtThe Jazz Fly - Matthew Gollub (Performed by); Karen Hanke (Illustrator)
Call Number: JE G
ISBN: 1889910171
Publication Date: 2000-02-01
While seeking directions to town, a fly picks up the rhythm of the answers he gets from a frog, a hog, a donkey, and a dog, and then uses these sounds to jazz up his band's music.

Cover ArtJohn Coltrane's Giant Steps - Chris Raschka (Illustrator)
Call Number: JE R
ISBN: 0689845987
Publication Date: 2002-07-01


Cover ArtThis Jazz Man - Karen Ehrhardt; R G Roth (Illustrator)
Call Number: JE E
ISBN: 9780152053079
Publication Date: 2006-11-01
Presents an introduction to jazz music and nine well-known jazz musicians, set to the rhythm of the traditional song, "This Old Man." Includes brief facts about each musician.


Cover ArtSpirit Seeker - Gary Golio; Rudy Gutierrez (Illustrator)
Call Number: J B COLTRANE
ISBN: 9780547239941
Publication Date: 2012-10-23
Tells the story of the legendary jazz musician, from his deeply religious childhood to his career as a boundary-breaking musician who found inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music.

Cover ArtSweethearts of Rhythm - Marilyn Nelson; Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator)
Call Number: J 811.54 NE
ISBN: 9780803731875
Publication Date: 2009-10-29

A look at a 1940's all-female jazz band, that originated from a boarding school in Mississippi and found its way to the most famous ballrooms in the country, offering solace during the hard years of the war.

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