Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl's Courage Changed Music - Margarita Engle, Rafael Lopez

Drum Dream Girl (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, $16.99) can’t stop dreaming about drums. “Only boys should play drums,” says her father, and forbids her from playing. Still, she daydreams about beating the bongo and finds rhythm in everyday life. Tapping on chairs and stepping in time to imaginary beats, she floats through her days. Award-winning author Margarita Engle tells a beautiful story of empowerment and ambition, based on the life of Millo Castro Zaldarriage, Cuba’s famous female drummer. Coupled with striking illustrations by Rafael Lopez, this book will have readers wanting to dance, drum, and follow their own dreams. Ages 4-8. Kasie Griffitts

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By Margarita Engle, Rafael López (Illustrator)
$19.99
ISBN: 9780544102293
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Published: Clarion Books - March 31st, 2015

Mahalia Jackson: Walking with Kings and Queens - Nina Nolan, John Holyfield

 “People might say little Mahalia Jackson (Amistad, $17.99) was born with nothing, but she had something all right. A voice that was bigger than she was.” Over the rest of Nina Nolan’s gorgeous picture-book biography, readers learn exactly what Mahalia made of that voice. From singing in her church choir as a child in New Orleans, all the way to performing at the March on Washington, Mahalia spread hope with her gospel music wherever her journey took her. Illustrated with John Holyfield’s warm, vibrant oil paintings, this is a wonderful introduction to this important musical figure. Ages 5-8. Eowyn Randall

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By Nina Nolan, John Holyfield (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780060879440
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Published: HarperCollins - January 27th, 2015

Talkin' Guitar: A Story of Young Doc Watson - Robbin Gourley

The big bold colors and the silhouette-like figures of Robbin Gourley’s Talkin’ Guitar (Clarion, $16.99) illustrate the simple but powerful effect that Arthel “Doc” Watson’s music had on people. Gourley shows how the sounds of animals, the work on the farm, and the musical souls who filled Doc’s Appalachian upbringing were the foundations of his sound. In a two-page ink-black spread interrupted only by white, chalk-like words, Gourley reveals that for all the vivacious color in Doc’s life, it was perhaps his blindness that fitted him to the task of expressing the beauty of his world through music. Ages 5-8. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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$16.99
ISBN: 9780544129887
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Published: Clarion Books - March 10th, 2015

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