Category: Musicians

Stompin’ at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums

Written & Illustrated by:  Moira Rose Donohue & Laura Freeman For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Musicians Jazz Black Culture & Identity Trailblazers   Summary:  Tippity-Tappity Scritchedy-Scratchedy, William Henry “Chick” Webb was always on the drums…even when he didn’t own any!… Continue Reading “Stompin’ at the Savoy: How Chick Webb Became the King of Drums”

The ABC’S of Black History

Written & Illustrated by:  Rio Cortez & Lauren Semmer For ages: 5 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figures Activism Black Culture & Identity Trailblazers Rhyming & Literacy Black Joy   Summary:  As soon as I saw this book, I had an inkling… Continue Reading “The ABC’S of Black History”

A Black Woman Did That

Rainbow Revolutionaries: 50 LGBTQ+ People who Made History

Black Music Greats: 40 inspiring icons

Written by: Olivier Cachin Illustrated by: Jérôme Masi For ages: Middle Grades, ages 8 and up Language: English Topics Covered: Black Culture & Identity, Music, History, American History, Trailblazers, Women in Music, Non-Fiction.  Summary:  This is a beautiful and amazing book that takes the reader on a winding journey of… Continue Reading “Black Music Greats: 40 inspiring icons”

Canadian Women: Now + Then

Written by: Elizabeth MacLeod Illustrated by: Maïa Faddoul For ages: 8 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: History, Biography, Canadian Women, Indigenous Voices, First Nations, Women in STEM, Women in Sports, Feminism, Journalism.  Summary:  Happy International Women’s Day! Today is a fantastic day to honor those past and… Continue Reading “Canadian Women: Now + Then”

Little People Big Dreams: Josephine Baker

Written by: Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara Illustrated by: Agathe Sorlet  For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Biography, Historical Figure, Musician, Women in Music, Trailblazer, Segregation, Racism, Activism, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, WWII.  Summary: Josephine was a born performer, and found her fame dancing on a chorus… Continue Reading “Little People Big Dreams: Josephine Baker”

Little People Big Dreams: Ella Fitzgerald

Written by: Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara Illustrated by: Bàrbara Alca For ages: 4-7 years Language: English  Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figures, Women in Music, Musicians, Trailblazers, Biography, Black Culture & Identity.  Summary: Ella was a young girl fascinated with performing and music.  When she was 15, her mother died… Continue Reading “Little People Big Dreams: Ella Fitzgerald”

Little People Big Dreams: Dolly Parton

Written by: Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara Illustrated by: Daria Solak For ages: 4 years and up Language: English Topics Covered: Historical Figure, Musical Artist, Women in Music, Biography, Philanthropy, Feminist.  Summary: Dolly Parton is a human that we do not deserve, she is such a gem!  This book follows the story… Continue Reading “Little People Big Dreams: Dolly Parton”

Peace, Love, Action!

Written & Illustrated by: Tanya Zabinski Foreward by: Ani DiFranco For ages: Middle Grades to read, ages 4 and up to listen. Language: English Topics Covered: Social Justice, Activism, Historic Figures, Historic Narratives, POC-Centric Narratives, Global Community, Call to Action, Kindness, Peaceful Activism, Gratitude, Resilience, Social Change. Summary: For… Continue Reading “Peace, Love, Action!”

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