Best Children's Jazz Music Books
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1. Welcome to Jazz: A Swing-Along Celebration of America’s Music, Featuring “When the Saints Go Marching In”
Author: by Carolyn Sloan
Workman Publishing Company
AN INTERACTIVE, SWING-ALONG PICTURE BOOKWITH 12 SOUND CHIPS! Are you ready to swing? Discover the wonders of jazz: How to get in the groove, what it means to play a solo, and the joy of singing along in a call-and-response. In this interactive swing-along picture book with 12 sound chips, you’ll hear the instruments of jazzthe rhythm section with its banjo, drums, and tuba, and the leads, like the clarinet, trumpet, and trombone.
And you’ll hear singers scat, improvising melodies with nonsense syllables like be-bop and doo-we-ah! Along the way, you’ll learn how this unique African American art form started in New Orleans, and how jazz changed over time as innovative musicians like King Oliver, Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Billie Holiday added their own ideas to it.
Press the buttons to hear the band, the rhythms, and the singer calling out: OH WHEN THE SAINTSoh when the saints
2. Trombone Shorty
Author: by Troy Andrews
The Caldecott Honor and Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award-winning picture book biography from Grammy-nominated musician Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews and celebrated illustrator Bryan Collier Who’s that playing out there? Bo Diddley asked the New Orleans crowd. It was a small child who’d been nicknamed Trombone Shorty because his trombone was twice as large as he was.
Trombone Shorty was lifted in the air and carried through the audience until he reached the stage with Bo Diddley. He has been onstage ever since. Hailing from the Trem neighborhood of New Orleans, where music always floated in the air, Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews didn’t always have the money to buy an instrument, but he did have the dream to play music.
This is the story of how he made his dream take flight. Today, Troy Andrews is a Grammy-nominated musician who tours the world with his band, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue. He continues to inspire hope for the next generation in New Orleans and for music lovers everywhere.
3. Charlie Parker Played Be Bop
Author: by Chris Raschka
Ever hear of Charlie Parker? The great jazz saxophone player? If you have or if you haven’t, it’s okay. Look at this board book and you’ll hear Charlie Parker; you’ll hear music in your mind.”Be bop.Fisk, fisk.Lollipop.
Boomba, boomba.” Look. That’s Charlie swinging and spinning all over the pages. And that’s Charlie’s cat, waiting, waiting for him to come home…
4. Ella Fitzgerald (Little People, BIG DREAMS, 11)
Author: by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara
Meet Ella Fitzgerald, one of the most influential jazz singers of all time! Part of the beloved Little People, BIG DREAMS series, this inspiring and informative little biography follows the inspirational life of the First Lady of Song, from her early singing days on the streets of Harlem to her success as a jazz legend, with the message: “It’s not where you come from, but where you’re going that counts.” Ella Fitzgerald grew up near Harlem, in New York, where she was surrounded by music and dance.
After winning first prize in a talent competition at the Apollo Theater, she went on to tour the world with her pioneering voice. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the singer’s life.
Little People, BIG DREAMS is a best-selling series of books and educational games that explore the lives of outstanding people, from designers and artists to scientists and activists. All of them achieved incredible things, yet each began life as a child with a dream.
5. Harlem's Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills
Author: by Renée Watson
From Caldecott Honor winner Christian Robinson and acclaimed author Renee Watson, comes the inspiring true story of Florence Mills. Born to parents who were both former slaves, Florence Mills knew at an early age that she loved to sing, and that her sweet, bird-like voice, resonated with those who heard her.
Performing catapulted her all the way to the stages of 1920s Broadway where she inspired everyone from songwriters to playwrights. Yet with all her success, she knew firsthand how prejudice shaped her world and the world of those around her.
As a result, Florence chose to support and promote works by her fellow black performers while heralding a call for their civil rights. Featuring a moving text and colorful illustrations, Harlem’s Little Blackbird is a timeless story about justice, equality, and the importance of following one’s heart and dreams.A CARTER G.
WOODSON ELEMENTARY HONOR BOOK(awarded by the National Council for the Social Studies, 2013)
6. Who Was Louis Armstrong?
Author: by Yona Zeldis McDonough
If not for a stint in reform school, young Louis Armstrong might never have become a musician. It was a teacher at the Colored Waifs Home who gave him a cornet, promoted him to band leader, and saw talent in the tough kid from the even tougher New Orleans neighborhood called Storyville.
But it was Louis Armstrong’s own passion and genius that pushed jazz into new and exciting realms with his amazing, improvisational trumpet playing. His seventy-year life spanned a critical time in American music as well as black history.
7. What Were the Roaring Twenties? (What Was?)
Author: by Michele Mortlock
Flappers, flag-pole sitting, and the Ford Model T-these are just a few of the things that instantly conjure up a unique era-the Roaring Twenties. It was the bees’ knees, the cat’s meow. If you’re not familiar with 1920s slang, all the more reason to read this fascinating look at that wild, exciting decade.
It began on the heels of one tragedy-the flu pandemic of 1918-and ended with another: the start of the Great Depression. But in between there were plenty of good times-the Model T cars that Henry Ford made were cheap enough for the masses, the new sound of jazz heated up speakeasies and nightclubs during the time of Prohibition.
Women, recently given the right to vote, cut their long hair into bobs, wore short skirts and makeup, and danced the Charleston (sometimes in marathons that lasted days). Michele Mortlock hits all the highlights of this heady age that still feels modern even a hundred years later.
8. This Jazz Man
Author: by Karen Ehrhardt
In this toe-tapping jazz tribute, the traditional “This Old Man” gets a swinging makeover, and some of the era’s best musicians take center stage. The tuneful text and vibrant illustrations bop, slide, and shimmy across the page as Satchmo plays one, Bojangles plays two …
Right on down the line to Charles Mingus, who plays nine, plucking strings that sound “divine.” Easy on the ear and the eye, this playful introduction to nine jazz giants will teach children to count-and will give them every reason to get up and dance!
Includes a brief biography of each musician.
9. Who Was Duke Ellington?
Author: by M. D. Payne
How did a working-class young man from Washington, DC, turn the music world on its head and become the “Master Of Jazz”? Find out in this addition to the Who HQ library! A pivotal fixture of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington was the bandleader of the historic Cotton Club and a master composer – writing close to 3,000 songs in his lifetime and capturing the spirit of the Black experience in the Unites States.
Over a 50-year career, Ellington became one of the biggest names in jazz as we know it. He went on to win 13 Grammys, a Pulitzer, and receive the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1969. Who Was Duke Ellington? Follows the exciting, multifaceted journey of this musical genius and takes a look at what truly makes Ellington an artist “beyond category.”
10. Making Their Voices Heard: The Inspiring Friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe
Author: by Vivian Kirkfield
little bee books
“This warm story emphasizes Ella’s role in her success, thus avoiding the trap of the white-savior narrative. Many white artists have benefited from imitating black ones; this is the rare narrative to acknowledge that… Saturated with color, they capture the iconic looks of the two stars.
A good volume to include in a larger conversation about friendship, allyship, and social justice.”-Kirkus Reviews “An inspiring story about 20th-century icons that will be unfamiliar to most young readers.”-School Library Journal”Focusing on the friendship of Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe, this picture book highlights the similarities between the two women and the ways in which they helped each other succeed.”-BooklistElla Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe.
On the outside, you couldn’t find two girls who looked more different. But on the inside, they were alike-full of hopes and dreams and plans of what might be. Ella Fitzgerald’s velvety tones and shube-doobie-doos captivated audiences. Jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Duke Ellington couldn’t wait to share the stage with her, but still, Ella could not book a performance at one of the biggest clubs in town-one she knew would give her career its biggest break yet.
11. A Horn for Louis: Louis Armstrong–as a kid! (A Stepping Stone Book(TM))
Author: by Eric A. Kimmel
How did famous New Orleans jazz trumpet player Louis Armstrong get his first horn? Seven-year-old Louis Armstrong was too poor to buy a real instrument. He didn’t even go to school. To help his mother pay the rent, every day he rode a junk wagon through the streets of New Orleans, playing a tin horn and collecting stuff people didn’t want.
Then one day, the junk wagon passed a pawn shop with a gleaming brass trumpet in the window…. With messages about hard work, persistence, hope, tolerance, cooperation, trust, and friendship, A Horn for Louis is perfect for aspiring young musicians and nonfiction fans alike!
History Stepping Stones now feature updated content that emphasizes Common Core and today’s renewed interest in nonfiction. Perfect for home, school, and library bookshelves!
12. Numberblocks coloring book: A Numberblocks book with random and unordered numbers great for kids from 2 to 6
Author: by Sheri Hannah Colorings
Numberblocks Coloring BookColoring Book with Fun, Easy, and Relaxing Coloring Pages, coloring books for childrenThis Coloring book makes a great book for children from 2,3,4,5.. To have fun relax and learn. Features:8,5×11 InchesOne sided drawingsAnti bleeding pages+35 coloring pagesSimple and detailed drawingsMatte coverGet you copy Now !
13. Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane
Author: by Carole Boston Weatherford
Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped John’s own sound as a musician.
Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls have composed an amazingly rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane. Before John Was a Jazz Giant is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.
14. Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra
Author: by Andrea Pinkney
Hyperion Book CH
Another stunning picture book biography of a prominent twentieth-century African-American in the arts, from the creative team behind Alvin Ailey.
15. Birth of the Cool: How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound
Author: by Kathleen Cornell Berman
Miles can’t sleep.Taps his toes,snaps his fingers,can’t stop thinking of ways to make music his own. As a young musician, Miles Davis heard music everywhere. This biography explores the childhood and early career of a jazz legend as he finds his voice and shapes a new musical sound.
Follow his progression from East St. Louis to rural Arkansas, from Julliard and NYC jazz clubs to the prestigious Newport Jazz Festival. Rhythmic free verse imbues his story with musicality and gets readers in the groove. Music teachers and jazz fans will appreciate the beats and details throughout, and Miles’ drive to constantly listen, learn, and create will inspire kids to develop their own voice.
With evocative illustrations, this glimpse into Miles Davis’ life is sure to captivate music lovers young and old.