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Let Freedom Sing

Written & Illustrated by: Vanessa Brantley Newton For ages: 4-8 years Language: English Topics Covered: History, Modern Black Freedom Struggle, Activism, Music, Black Culture & Identity, Own Voices.  Summary:  The majority of this book’s words are lyrics to the song “This Little Light of Mine” which was an… Continue Reading “Let Freedom Sing”

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”

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”

The Birth of Cool; How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound

Written by: Kathleen Cornell Berman Illustrated by: Keith Henry Brown For ages: second grade and up Language: English Topics Covered: POC-Centric Narratives, Historical Figure, Musician, Trailblazer.  Summary: This beautifully illustrated picture book and it’s accompanying poem are an incredible testament to a legendary musician, but does not cover much… Continue Reading “The Birth of Cool; How Jazz Great Miles Davis Found His Sound”

Q&A with Alastair Moock!

Happy Saturday!  Our Week of Music is continuing to rock, and we’ve boogied through a whole week already!  Luckily, we have one more special music-related book to review for tomorrow.  But, let’s focus on today!  Yesterday we learned a bit about Alastair’s music, so… Continue Reading “Q&A with Alastair Moock!”

Alastair Moock-Social justice music for children!

For ages: any age can groove to Alastair’s tunes Language: English Topics Covered: social justice, racism, white supremacy, feminism, education, self-expression, identity, freedom, and self-acceptance. Summary: Today we share an artist whose quirky, thoughtful lyrics spice up the children’s music that he makes. The well-established genre is refreshed by Alastair Moock’s… Continue Reading “Alastair Moock-Social justice music for children!”

Q&A with Ants on a Log

Ants on a Log You all learned about the album Curious yesterday, so now it’s time to learn a little bit more about the minds behind Ants on a Log!  Julie and Anya have a multitude of activities, interests, and creative passions.  We feel lucky to… Continue Reading “Q&A with Ants on a Log”

Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline!- by Ants on a Log

For ages: any age Language: English Topics Covered: Environmental Activism, Politics, Music, Health, Activism, Community Organization, Curiosity. Summary: Have you ever felt that you were too small to get something done? That no one will listen to you if you dare to raise your voice? The answers to these… Continue Reading “Curious: Think Outside the Pipeline!- by Ants on a Log”

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