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Blog: Picture Books & Pirouettes (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Blog: First Book (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Are you looking for a giggle-filled bedtime story? A book about friendship and the summer Olympics? You’ll find that and so much more in our favorite books this month…
Teach kids to coding this summer with a fun story, learn about the history of jazz musicians in the 1950s or turn through the pages of a historical action book. Read on to find out more about of June favorites.
For Pre-K â€“K (Ages 3-6):
Good Night Owl â€“ written and illustrated by Greg Pizzoli
This funny and charming read aloud makes a perfect, funny read for bedtime or anytime! Kids will enjoy searching for the mouse on every page and laughing as owl attempts to find the source of the squeak thatâ€™s keeping him awake. We love it!
For 1st and 2nd Grade (Ages 6-8):
The Quickest Kid in Clarksville – written by Pat Zietlow Miller, illustrated by Frank Morrison
In this lively picture book about friendship, competition, and perseverance, two girls take inspiration from the same hero â€“ Olympic athlete Wilma Rudolph. This is a great book to read in the lead-up to the summer Olympics! Pair it with the nonfiction book Wilma Unlimited if you want to extend your studentsâ€™ learning.
For 3rd & 4th grade (Ages 8-10):
Secret Coders – written and illustrated by Gene Luen Yang
Comics + coding = this awesome book. Kids will dive easily into the plot of this clever graphic novel, learning the basics of coding and programming along the way. Itâ€™s the first book in terrific new series from award-winning author Gene Luen Yang who was a long-time computer science teacher. He knows just how to teach a complex subject in a fun and accessible way.
For 5th and 6th Grade (Ages 10-12):
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph – written by Roxane Orgill, illustrated by Francis Vallejo
Nonfiction and poetry merge in this fantastic new book that was just awarded the Boston Globe Horn Book Award! Gorgeous illustrations mingle with rich poems focused on a summer day in 1958, when more than 50 great Jazz musicians came together in Harlem for a photo that would become world-famous. Each poem reveals a bit about the musicians, their music, and a key era in our nationâ€™s history. Â Truly beautiful!
Grades 7 & up (Ages 13+):
Samurai Rising: The Epic Life of Minamoto Yoshitsune â€“ written by Pamela S. Turner, illustrated Gareth Hinds
Action, adventure, and fascinating facts fill the pages of this gripping nonfiction book that will appeal to anyone with an interest in history, war, or the ancient world. Pam Turnerâ€™s writing keeps the tone light and the plot racing. We couldnâ€™t put it down!
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Blog: The Open Book (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Summer is coming to an end, but that doesn’t mean the fun stops! With cooler weather comes fun indoor activities, likeÂ catching a great jazz show. We asked Frank Morrison, illustrator of our new picture book biography,Â Little Melba and Her Big Trombone,Â to share some of his favorite jazz numbers with us. Many of the artists below played or arranged with Melba Doretta Liston; others inspired Frank while he created his illustrations.Â So sit back with your cup of apple cider and let the rhythm carry you away!
- John Coltrane: “Out of This World,” plus Coltrane’s albumsÂ The Inch Worm, Big Nick,Â andÂ Giant Steps
- Thelonious Monk: “Well, You Needn’t,” “Ruby, My Dear,” “Off Minor,” and “Bemsha Swing”
- Dizzy Gillespie: “52nd Street Theme” and “A Night in Tunisia”
- Miles Davis: “Freddie Freeloader,” “Round Midnight,” “Airegin,” and “Blue in Green,” plus Davis’s albumÂ Kind of BlueÂ
- Chet Baker: “My Funny Valentine”
- Art Blakey: “Dat Dere,” “Moanin’,” “Blues March,” “The Chess Players,” and “SeĂ±or Blues” (performed with Horace Silver)
- Abbey Lincoln: “Afro Blue”
- Clifford Brown: “Daahoud,” “The Blues Walk,” “Jordu,” and “Parisian Thoroughfare”
- Duke Ellington: “In a Sentimental Mood” and “Take the ‘A’ Train”
- Stan Getz: “Corcovado” and “I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
- Louis Armstrong: “Summer Song,” “West End Blues,” and “I Got Rhythm”
Still can’t get enough jazz music? Here’s Duke Ellington’s “In a Sentimental Mood.”
Have your own favorite jazz tunes? Leave ‘em in the comments!
Filed under: Art and Book Design, Lee & Low Likes, Musings & Ponderings Tagged: dizzy gillespie, Duke Ellington, Frank Morrison, jazz music, jazz videos, louis armstrong, melba liston, miles davis, Music, musical instruments, trombones Add a Comment
Blog: The Open Book (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Released in September,Â Little Melba and her Big Trombone,Â is the story of Melba Liston, a little-known but trailblazing jazz musician who broke racial and gender barriers to become a famed trombonistÂ and arranger. We asked illustrator Frank Morrison to take us behind the scenes for creating the art work used inÂ Little Melba and her Big Trombone.Â
- After reading the manuscript for Little Melba and her Big Trombone, I immediately searched for references that could help me Â bring the story to life. This included clothing from the time period and a trombone, which I have never painted before.Â I was fortunate enough to find a CD by Melba titled, “Melba Liston and her Bones” as well. Â After gathering all of my materials my studio begins to sound like a jazz session as I begin reading.
- I make thumbnails sketches and jot down notes on the sides of the manuscript while the Be Bopping is blaring from the speakers. My sketches are loose like a tromboneâ€™s slide and they take about a minute each.Â
- When the thumbnails are completed I being drawing defined sketches from them and at the same time placing them in page order. Sometimes I may have two or three different ideas for a page as shown in the cover sketches.Â Â
- Â Once my sketches are approved, I transfer the final drawings to an illustration board. This, of course, is done after I’ve measuring the dimensions and taped off the edges, which includes a half-inch border.
- I spray a fixative on the drawing so it won’t smudge then coat it with a clear gesso. Next I tape the image to a wooden board. The board allows me to work sitting down at my art table or placing the painting on my easel.Â
- Finally I use a lot of jazz music, dancing and oil paints to finish the final art.
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WaterBridge Outreach: Books + WaterÂ recently announced the books in English they have selected this year for donation to the different schools and libraries they support around the world. Â WaterBridge Outreach is a non-profit that seeks â€¦ Continue reading ...Add a Comment
Blog: The Open Book (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Music transcends language and culture, letting its listeners be united by something beyond words. That is why UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) designated April 30th to be International Jazz Day. This day serves to highlight jazz’s “diplomatic role in uniting people in all corners of the globe.”
Celebrate International Jazz Day with these seven books about Jazz from LEE & LOW BOOKS:Â
Rent Party Jazz, written by William Miller and illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb â€“ Sonny Comeaux has to work in order to help his mother make ends meet.Â Mama loses her job, and Sonny is worried: How will they make the rent? A jazz musician named Smilinâ€™ Jack helps Sonny have the worldâ€™s best party, and raise the rent money in the process. Buy here.
Jazz Baby, written by Carole Boston and illustrated by Laura Freeman â€“ This book is a celebration of music and movement. This story in verse is inspired by the riffs, rhythms, and freedom of jazz. Buy here.
Little Melba and Her Big Trombone, written by Katheryn Russell-Brown and illustrated by Frank Morrison â€“ This award-winning biography follows the life of legendary jazz trombonist, composer, and arranger Melba Liston. At the age of 7, Melba fell in love with the trombone. Later, she broke racial and gender barriers tobecome a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few.Â Buy here.
Sweet Music in Harlem, written by Debbie Taylor and illustrated by Frank Morrison â€“ C.J. needs to act fast. A photographer from Highnote magazine is on his way to take a picture of his Uncle Click, a well-known jazz musician. But Uncle Clickâ€™s signature hat is missing! C.J. must find it before the photo shoot. Buy here.
Rainbow Joe and Me, by Maria Diaz Strom â€“ Eloise likes colors and so does her friend, Rainbow Joe. Since Rainbow Joe is blind, Eloise tells him about the colors she mixes and the fantastic animals she paints. Rainbow Joe tells Eloise that he can also mix and paint colors. Buy here.
Ray Charles, written by Sharon Bell Mathis and illustrated by George Ford â€“ This award-winning biography follows the life of world-renowned jazz and blues musician Ray Charles. It includes a new introduction by author Sharon Bell Mathis and updates his life to the present day. Buy here.
Purchase the collection here.
Melba Liston playing with Quincy Jonesâ€™s band in Switzerland
Ray Charles playing “America the Beautiful”
Blog: First Book (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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First Book loves March Madness! We even have a “friendly” bracket competition going on in the office – although President Obama’s bracket was beating all of us the last time we checked.
Even in the midst of the drama and excitement of the tournament, we recognize that basketball teaches so many meaningful life lessons: courage, cooperation, dedication and hard work.Â Many of the inspirational lessons taught on the basketball court can also be found in the basketball-related titles that we carry in the First Book Marketplace.
So if you’re a teacher or program leader whose kids are swept up in the magic of March Madness, here are some books available on the First Book Marketplace that embody the spirit of basketball:
Laurence Yep’sÂ Dragon Road: Golden Mountain Chronicles: 1939, is the story of best friends Cal and Barney who are down and out in Chinatown. In the America of 1939, they are trapped by invisible barriers created by racial prejudice. With no jobs and no real homes, it’s only their wizardry with a basketball that’s let them survive this long. That same skill suddenly flings a door open to fame and fortune when a professional basketball team, the Dragons, invites them to join the team.
Long Shot: Never Too Small to Dream Big by Chris Paul and & Frank Morrison, chronicles the story of NBA all-star basketball player Chris Paul. When Chris was a kidÂ everyone told him that he was too small to play basketball. But he ignored them all…because he had BIG dreams.
Off the Rim by Fred Bowen, is the story ofÂ Chris, who yearns to beÂ more than a benchwarmer on the Oak View Middle School basketball team. With the help of his best friend Greta and her mom, Chris begins to change his defensive strategy and successfully learns to keep his opponents from scoring.
If you work with children from low-income communities, be sure to register your classroom or program with First Book so we can help you get books for your kids in March, and throughout the year.Add a Comment
Blog: Writing and Illustrating (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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Baby Zachary made it into the world safe and sound at 7.9 lbs. and 21 inches long Thursday evening. This picture was taken shortly after birth. Can you believe how good Steph looks? I doubt if I would have let anyone take my picture that soon after childbirth. Now David is going to have a lot more writing inspiration. I’m sure all of you will congratulate the Caruba family.
Muriel Weinstein received great news this week. Her book Play, Louis, Play: The True Story of a Boy and His Horn was put on the Texas Blue Bonnet Master List. If you are not familiar with the Texas Blue Bonnet List, it is a list that can really help make your book and will land you an order of 22,000 books – not too shabby.
The program is aimed at students in grades 3-6. Participating students must read a minimum of five books from the current master list before they may vote for their favorite title. Teachers and parents are encouraged to read some of the books aloud. The author of the book receiving the most votes statewide is declared the winner of the Texas Blue Bonnet Award.
The Texas Blue Bonnet Award committee is responsible for selection of the books on each year’s Master List. Suggestions are solicited from librarians, teachers, parents, students and other interested persons. A new list of no more than twenty books is released each year by November.
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Blog: La Bloga (Login to Add to MyJacketFlap)
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