By Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrated by Laura Freeman
A celebration of music and movement, this story in verse is inspired by the riffs, rhythms, and freedom of jazz. Colorful spreads show close-ups of children playing drums, piano, and bass as they swing, sway, and jitterbug to the music. Weatherford offers an appealing and rhythmic text just right for young children. Freeman’s colorful, contemporary illustrations have real child appeal, and invite every child to find herself or himself in the story. Jazz Baby is an exciting way to introduce young children to the instruments and rhythms of jazz.
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About the Creators
New York Times best-selling author CAROLE BOSTON WEATHERFORD has dozens of books, including the Newbery Honor book, BOX: Henry Brown Mails Himself to Freedom, and three Caldecott Honor books: Freedom in Congo Square, Voice of Freedom: Fannie Lou Hamer, Spirit of the Civil Rights Movement, and Moses: When Harriet Tubman Led Her People to Freedom. Winner of the North Carolina Award for Literature, Carole teaches at Fayetteville State University. Juneteenth Jamboree is her first book.
LAURA FREEMAN has illustrated more than thirty picture books, including the picture-book edition of Hidden Figures by Margot Lee Shetterly, which won both the NAACP Image Award and a Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award, and Jazz Baby and Bedtime Fun, both published by Lee and Low's Bebop Books imprint. Laura lives near Atlanta, Georgia, and you can find her on the web at www.lfreemanart.com.