Thursday, May 14, 2009

National Children's Book Week #4: Before John Was a Jazz Giant

Being the music junkies that we around our house, I'm a little embarrassed to admit that this fantastic book--Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane--is not yet a part of our permanent collection. But you can bet it will be soon.

This true story of a young boy named John Coltrane growing up in the South is lyrically told by Carole Boston Weatherford. You can just about hear the soundtrack of Coltrane's youth as you turn the pages. Artist Sean Qualls makes small details of the jazz giant's boyhood come alive through gorgeous illustrations with a retro feel.

Whether you've named your daughter Naima or you're just getting acquainted with 'Trane, this is a true masterpiece of a book, celebrating a musical maestro, that everyone will enjoy.

While you're here, don't forget to tell me about your favorite children's book! When you leave a comment here, you could win one of three awesome gift sets from Yoga by the Dozen. I'll draw winners at random this weekend.


Ruth said...

Thanks for sharing all these great titles! You always have good recommendations. One of our favorite children's books is Alpha Oops! The Day Z Went First, by Alethea Kontis and illustrated by Bob Kolar.

Anonymous said...

I can't wait to find this one at the library. All the books you've posted this week look great. I'm really enjoying revisiting the Shel Silverstein books from my own childhood these days, and my kids are having fun with them too.


potty mouth mama said...

This book looks fantastic. My little guy's birthday is coming up and I think I might try and find this one. So cute.