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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)
Holt Books for Young Readers
ISBN: 978080507994432 Pages, Ages 5-9
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Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped John's own sound as a musician. Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls have composed an amazingly rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane.
Before John Was a Jazz Giant is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, Golden Kite Honor Book, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, GA Picture Storybook Award ML, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), Golden Kite Honor Book for Picture Book Text, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year, ALA Notable Children's Books, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Coretta Scott King Honor, Illustrator
Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations by Sean Qualls
Carole Boston Weatherford
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