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African-American Musicians and Music

Celebrate African American history month by reading about African American music and musicians. 

We shall overcome: the story of a song by written by Debbie Levy ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley-Newton

Harlem's little blackbird by Renée Watson ; illustrated by Christian Robinson

Hey, Charleston!: the true story of the Jenkins Orphanage Band by Anne Rockwell ; illustrated by Colin Bootman

Charlie Parker played be bop [kit] by Chris Raschka

Bessie Smith and the night riders by Sue Stauffacher ; illustrated by John Holyfield

Ella Fitzgerald: the tale of a vocal virtuosa by Andrea Davis Pinkney with Scat Cat Monroe ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

Roots and blues: a celebration by Arnold Adoff ; paintings by R. Gregory Christie

Jazz by Walter Dean Myers ; illustrated by Christopher Myers

Piano starts here: the young Art Tatum by Robert Andrew Parker

Mister and Lady Day: Billie Holiday and the dog who loved her by Amy Novesky ; illustrated by Vanessa Brantley Newton

Harlem stomp!: a cultural history of the Harlem Renaissance by Laban Carrick Hill

When Louis Armstrong taught me scat by Muriel Harris Weinstein ; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie

Little Stevie Wonder by Quincy Troupe ; illustrated by Lisa Cohen

Dizzy by Jonah Winter ; illustrated by Sean Qualls

Duke Ellington: the piano prince and his orchestra by Andrea Davis Pinkney ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney

I see the rhythm by paintings by Michele Wood ; text by Toyomi Igus

When Marian sang: the true recital of Marian Anderson, the voice of a century by [written by] Pam Munoz Ryan ; [illustrated by] Brian Selznick

If I only had a horn: young Louis Armstrong by Roxane Orgill ; illustrated by Leonard Jenkins

Spirit seeker: John Coltrane's musical journey by Gary Golio ; paintings by Rudy Gutierrez

Duke Ellington's Nutcracker Suite [kit] by Anna Harwell Celenza ; illustrated by Don Tate

Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis ; illustrated by George Ford

No more!: stories and songs of slave resistance by Doreen Rappaport ; illustrated by Shane Evans