April 22, 2018

Hidden Figures – The True Story of Four Black Women and the Space Race

Written By: Margot Lee Shetterly

Illustrated By: Laura Freeman

Publisher: HarperCollins

Why I Love It: My husband and I both loved the movie Hidden Figures and talked about it long after we left the theater. If you enjoyed the movie and/or the original adult book, you...

March 18, 2018

Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

Written by: Katheryn Russell-Brown

Illustrated by: Frank Morrison

Publisher: Lee & Low Books

Why I Love It:

The cover of Little Melba and Her Big Trombone is irresistible, and I love the way Melba's body stretches and curves while she holds her trombone. This little girl feels the music. Melba Liston (192...

January 15, 2018

Fancy Party Gowns: The Story of Fashion Designer Ann Cole Lowe

Written by: Deborah Blumenthal

Illustrated by: Laura Freeman

Publisher: Little Bee Books

Why I Love It:

Reading this picture book biography brought back nice memories for me. In elementary school, I loved to read fashion magazines and sketch fashion designs in notebooks. With...

January 23, 2017

Author: Carole Boston Weatherford

Illustrator: Sean Qualls

Publisher: Henry Holt & Company

Themes: music, musicians, biography, jazz, family

Age Range: 5-9

Word Count: 164 words

Teaching Tools:

Jazz Lesson Ideas from BrainPop Educators

Jazz Lesson Plans and Activities from PBS Kids

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