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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.
CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI), GA Picture Storybook Award ML, Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List, Golden Kite Honor Book, NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies, CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best, American Library Association Notable Children's Books, NCSS-CBC: Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, Coretta Scott King Honor, Illustrator, NCSS-CBC NotableTrade-Soc.Stdy, Golden Kite Honor Book for Picture Book Text, ALA Notable Children's Books, Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year
Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations by Sean Qualls
Carole Boston Weatherford
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