Lists and Suggestions for Kids

List: Jazz Appreciation Month

Costanza, Stephen, author.

This toe-tapping picture book biography of African American composer Scott Joplin, whose ragtime mu... More

Robbins, Dean, 1957- author.

"Millie danced to jazz in her Italian neighborhood. Pedro danced to Latin songs in his Puerto ... More

Golio, Gary, author.

"Jazz icon Sonny Rollins found an inspired spot to practice his saxophone when his neighbors c... More

Dapier, Jarrett, author.

After lunch at a very crowded jazz cafe, a boy and his Auntie Nina are inspired to create a feast o... More

Raschka, Christopher, author, illustrator.

A one-hundredth birthday tribute to the late jazz artist explores his observations about humanity&#... More

Dillon, Leo.

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Burleigh, Robert.

A fictionalized account of the time when, as a teen-age music student, trumpeter Miles Davis spent ... More

Raschka, Christopher, author.

John Coltrane's musical composition is performed by a box, a snowflake, some raindrops, and a ... More

Ehrhardt, Karen.

Presents an introduction to jazz and nine well-known jazz musicians, set to the rhythm of the tradi... More

Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

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Myers, Walter Dean, 1937-2014.

Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the roots of jazz music. ... More

Putumayo Kids.

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Wheeler, Lisa, 1963-

Baby and his family make some jazzy music. ... More

Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-

A group of children move and play, hum and sleep to a jazz beat. ... More

Ehrhardt, Karen.

Presents an introduction to jazz music and nine well-known jazz musicians, set to the rhythm of the... More

Miller, William, 1959-

When Sonny's mother loses her job in New Orleans during the Depression, Smilin' Jack, a j... More

Winter, Jonah, 1962-

A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregate... More

Ingalls, Ann.

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Hancocks, Helen, author, illustrator.

The inspiring, true story of how a remarkable friendship between Ella Fitzgerald and Marilyn Monroe... More

Collins, Terry (Terry Lee)

"Describes the life of Louis Armstrong, focusing on his rise as a pop-culture icon"--Prov... More

Winter, Jonah, 1962- author.

"In this unusual ... picture book that riffs on the language and rhythms of old New Orleans, .... More

Christensen, Bonnie.

Born into a travelling gypsy family, young Django Reinhardt taught himself guitar at an early age. ... More

Swenar, Ryan, producer.

What happens when you invite as many jazz musicians as you can to pose for a photo in 1950s Harlem?... More

Sieg, Annie, author, illustrator.

Creative nonfiction story about Mama Mable's racially integrated, all-female band travels the ... More

Berman, Kathleen Cornell, author.

Explores the childhood and early career of the noted jazz trumpeter who gained fame performing at t... More

Wittenstein, Barry, author.

"Sonny Rollins is one of the most prolific sax players in the history of jazz, but in 1959, at... More

Rockliff, Mara, author.

Ever since she was a young girl, Lil Hardin played music with a beat. She jammed at home, at church... More

Powell, Patricia Hruby, 1951- author.

"This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer, and bandleader in the earl... More

Brière-Haquet, Alice, 1979- author.

With evocative black-and-white illustrations and moving prose, readers are introduced to Nina Simon... More

Orgill, Roxane, author.

When Esquire magazine planned an issue to salute the American jazz scene in 1958, graphic designer ... More

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

Celebrates the first widely seen integrated jazz performance: the debut of the Benny Goodman quarte... More

Cline-Ransome, Lesa.

Brought together by the love of playing jazz music, Teddy Wilson And Benny Goodman broke the color ... More

Stein Crease, Stephanie.

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Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956-

This lyrical picture-book biography of John Coltrane focuses on his childhood and how he interprete... More

Hughes, Shirley, 1927-

In this version of the Cinderella tale set in the 1920s, Ella has two men courting her--the handsom... More

Donohue, Moira Rose, author.

"Though a disability stunted his growth and left him with a hunched back, William Henry "... More

Payne, M. D. (Matthew D.), 1978- author.

"A pivotal fixture of the Harlem Renaissance, Duke Ellington was the bandleader of the histori... More

Kirkfield, Vivian, author.

Ella and Marilyn. On the outside, you couldn't find two girls who looked more different. But o... More

Loney, Andrea J., author.

After school orchestra practice, young Nic carries his double bass through rough neighborhoods to h... More

Andrews, Troy, author.

After letting his band down by missing rehearsal, Shorty has some serious questions about what it m... More

Sánchez Vegara, Ma Isabel (María Isabel), author.

Presents information about Ella Fitzgerald, from her youth mired in tragedy to her rise to stardom ... More

Golio, Gary, author.

Silence. That was the response at Cafe Society the first time Billie Holiday performed a song calle... More

Andrews, Troy, author.

"Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews... More

Cline-Ransome, Lesa, author.

This joyful tribute to Louis Armstrong tells the story of the virtuoso musician and buoyant persona... More

Cline-Ransome, Lesa, author.

"Louis Armstrong has been called the most important improviser in the history of jazz. Althoug... More

Farmer, Bonnie, 1959- author.

"Long before Oscar became a virtuoso jazz pianist, he was a boy who loved to play the trumpet.... More

Andrews, Troy, author.

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got h... More

Deans, Karen, author.

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Russell-Brown, Katheryn, 1961- author.

"A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played... More

Weatherford, Carole Boston, 1956- author.

Rhyming text celebrates the Harlem neighborhood that successful African Americans first called home... More

Rockwell, Anne F.

"What happened when a former slave took beat-up old instruments and gave them to a bunch of or... More

Novesky, Amy.

Discusses American Jazz singer Billie Holiday and her dogs, especially her pet boxer, Mister. ... More

Golio, Gary.

Tells the story of the legendary jazz musician, from his deeply religious childhood to his career a... More

Orgill, Roxane.

Follows the beloved American jazz singer's rise to fame, describing the difficult historical a... More

Weinstein, Muriel Harris.

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Ingalls, Ann.

A child prodigy at the piano sprinkles her music with a little jazz. Based on the life of the twent... More

Nelson, Marilyn, 1946-

A look at a 1940's all-female jazz band, that originated from a boarding school in Mississippi... More

Crow, Kristyn.

A young rat hides in his father's bass case and tags along as he plays and scats around the bi... More

Parker, Robert Andrew.

The story of the young Art Tatum, who became one of the all-time greats of jazz piano. ... More

Campbell, Bebe Moore, 1950-2006.

On the night of her jazz dance recital Mindy feels too nervous to go, until a magical drum whisks h... More

Winter, Jonah, 1962-

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Taylor, Debbie A., 1955-

C.J., who aspires to be as great a jazz musician as his uncle, searches for Uncle Click's hat ... More

McDonough, Yona Zeldis.

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Panahi, H. L. (Heather L.)

A rollicking rhythmic express train takes passengers on a jazzy journey that celebrates the United ... More

Pinkney, Andrea Davis.

A brief recounting of the career of this jazz musician in the voice of "Scat Cat Monroe",... More

Shahan, Sherry.

The jazzy alphabet boogies and sings, making hot, cool, pizzazzy street-jammin' jazz. ... More