Your Friday Five

Jazz for the Young

Welcome to new Northeast Library blog series, Your Friday Five! Each week, the children's and teen staff will round up five of their favorite resources and reads around a certain topic. This Friday, in honor of April as Jazz Appreciation Month, we are highlighting five great jazz books for youth.

Music and singing are an easy and enjoyable way to involve children in language. It helps children learn and remember new words and to hear the smaller sounds in words. Strong vocabularies and being able to hear the syllables in words are critical to helping children be ready to learn to read.

Please enjoy these titles as you explore the world of Jazz!

Jazz A B Z
Jazz A-B-Z

by Wynton Marsalis and Paul Rogers

A is for "almighty" Louis Armstrong, whose amazing artistry unfolds in an accumulative poem shaped like the letter he stands for. Created for for older children learning about jazz, longtime jazz aficionados, lovers of poetry, and readers of all ages who appreciate the finest in book design.
Sophisticated Ladies: Women of Jazz
Sophisticated Ladies


by Leslie Gourse

This handsome volume contains the stories of fourteen fabulous women, blues and jazz singers all. Their art reflected their backgrounds—often small, poverty-ridden towns in the South—and the influence of musicians who preceded them.
Duke Ellington
Duke Ellington: His Life in Jazz with 21 Activities


by Stephanie Stein Crease

Duke Ellington, one of the most influential figures in American music, comes alive in this comprehensive biography with engaging activities. Ellington was an accomplished and influential jazz pianist, composer, band leader, and cultural diplomat. 
Charlie Parker
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop


by Christopher Raschka

Ever hear of Charlie Parker? The great jazz saxophone player? If you have or if you haven't, it's okay. Look at this book and you'll hear Charlie Parker; you'll hear music in your mind. "Be bop. Fisk, fisk. Lollipop. Boomba, boomba." Look. That's Charlie swinging and spinning all over the pages. And that's Charlie's cat, waiting, waiting for him to come home.
louis armstrong
When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat


by Muriel Harris Weinstein

After dancing to music on the radio before she goes to bed, a young girl learns how to sing scat when Louis Armstrong comes to her in a dream. Includes facts about Louis Armstrong and scat singing.