Little Melba and Her Big Trombone

By St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Little Melba and Her Big Trombone" by Katheryn Russell-Brown (Lee & Low Books, 40 pages, $18.95; ages 6-10) is a joyful tribute to musician Melba Doretta Liston. Russell-Brown emphasizes Liston’s triumphs but also touches on her struggles against sexism and racism throughout her career. The colorful illustrations by Frank Morrison use strong diagonal lines that parallel the energy of the music and the time period.