Multcolib Kids Picks: African American Experience--Music

Every Little Thing
Every Little Thing By Marley, Cedella (Book - 2012 ) jE MARLEY 2012 Available in some locations

Annotation:In this illustrated version of Bob Marley's song, a young boy, with the encouragement of three little birds, enjoys life and will not let anything get him down.

My Two Grandads
My Two Grandads By Benjamin, Floella (Book - 2011 ) jE BENJAMIN 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Aston's Grandad Harry plays the trumpet in a brass band, while Grandad Roy plays the steel drum in a steel band. But only one band can play at Aston's summer fair at school. Which band should Aston choose? Or can he find a way go bring everyone together?

Little Man
Little Man By Warwick, Dionne (Book Plus CD - 2011 ) jE WARWICK 2011

Annotation:A young boy finds his passion and purpose in life--playing the drums. The book includes a CD so you can sing and play along while reading.

Jazz Age Josephine
Jazz Age Josephine By Winter, Jonah (Book - 2012 ) j 792.8092 B167w 2012 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents, and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome racial barriers.

Harlem's Little Blackbird
Harlem's Little Blackbird By Watson, Renee (Book - 2012 ) j 782.42165092 M657w 2012 Beginning Facts Available in some locations

Annotation:A tribute to lesser-known Harlem Renaissance performer Florence Mills includes coverage of her youth as a child of former slaves, her singing and dancing performances that inspired songs and entire plays, and the struggles with racism that prompted her advocacy of all-black theater and musicals.

Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite
Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite By Celenza, Anna Harwell (Book Plus CD - 2011 ) jE CELENZA 2011 Available in some locations

Annotation:Tells the story of how jazz composer and musician Duke Ellington, along with Billy Strayhorn, created his jazz composition based on Tchaikovsky's famous Nutcracker Suite ballet.

Jimi Sounds Like A Rainbow : A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix By Golio, Gary (Book - 2010 ) j 787.87166092 H4986g 2010 Available in some locations

Annotation:Before he became one of the greatest guitar players of all time, Jimi Hendrix was a boy who loved to paint and listen to records, and who asked himself an unusual question: could someone paint pictures with sound?

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Music is an important part of Black culture. Explore music and the learn about the lives of famous musicians through these great books for readers grades K-6. (4/13)

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