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April 2013




This Land Was Made For You and Me

This Land Was Made for You and Me: The Life and Songs of Woody Guthrie

by Elizabeth Partridge


By the time the folk music revival of the 1950s spread across the country, Woody Guthrie was already permanently hospitalized with the disease that would take his life. But in the decades before, he traveled the country picking up songs from sailors, cowboys, laborers and people of all creeds and colors as well as writing his own music-- and made an enormous contribution to American culture in the process. His life story is haunting, compelling and inspiring.





I and I: Bob Marley

I and I: Bob Marley

by Tony Medina, illustrated by Jesse Joshua Watson

J 782.42 MARLE


Simple verses, reminiscent of Bob Marley's own song lyrics, are paired with vibrant paintings to tell the life story of this iconic musician. Footnotes in the back delve deeper into Marley's history. Pair with B Is for Bob, which features acoustic, kid-friendly mixes of Marley's songs.






Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

Who Was Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart?

by Yona Zeldis McDonough, illustrated by Carrie Robbins


A great children's biography that explores the life and work of child prodigy Mozart. It is amazing that he composed music at the age of 5 and died poor at the age of 35.





Shake, Rattle, and Roll

Shake, Rattle, and Roll: The Founders of Rock and Roll

by Holly George-Warren, illustrated by Laura Levine

J 781.66 GEORG

Rock and Roll is a big part of American culture. It didn't, however, start out that way. Read about some of the founders of Rock and Roll and what influenced them to create this new sound. Holly George-Warren introduces fourteen legends with one-page, easy-to-read facts, while Laura Levine's illustrations compliment some of the most well-known characteristics of each performer.





Once Upon a Time in Chicago

Once Upon a Time in Chicago: The Story of Benny Goodman

by Jonah Winter, illustrated by Jeanette Winter


Benny Goodman’s father wanted his children to have a better life than he had as a poor Jewish immigrant. When he encouraged his sons to start playing musical instruments, little did he know that his youngest son, Benny, would grow up to become a legendary jazz musician. When Benny had a clarinet in his hands, the world stopped to listen.





Music Was It

Music Was It: Young Leonard Bernstein

by Susan Goldman Rubin

J 780.92 BERNS

Leonard Bernstein's love of music was met with opposition from the start. Lenny’s father, a successful businessman, wanted Lenny to follow in his footsteps. Additionally, the classical music world of the 1930s and 1940s was dominated by Europeans-- no American Jewish kid had a serious chance to make a name for himself in this field. Beginning with Lenny’s childhood in Boston and ending with his triumphant conducting debut at Carnegie Hall when he was just twenty-five, Music Was It draws readers into the energetic, passionate, challenging, music-filled life of the young Leonard Bernstein.






Jazz A-B-Z

Jazz A-B-Z

by Wynton Marsalis, illustrated by Paul Rogers



This beautiful book pays homage to twenty-six jazz greats, including Louis Armstrong, Count Basie, and Charlie Parker. The author, Pulitzer Prize-winning jazz composer Wynton Marsalis, uses poetic forms to review the work and life stories of these great musicians. This book will appeal to older children and adults who love jazz and music.






 Jane Yolen's Mother Goose Songbook

Jane Yolen's Mother Goose Songbook

musical arrangements by Adam Stemple,  illustrated by Rosekrans Hoffman

J 784 JANE

This enchanting collection has more than forty-five nursery rhyme and lullaby songs accompanied by musical arrangements for both piano and guitar.





 Play, Mozart, Play!

Play, Mozart, Play!
written and illustrated by Peter Sís

A beautiful book illustrated with simple text about Mozart's busy life as a child prodigy.





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