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

Talkin' Guitar: A Story of Young Doc Watson Cover Image
ISBN: 9780544129887
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Published: Clarion Books - March 10th, 2015

Pablo Picasso wasn’t a painter. He was a friend, poet, lover, sculptor, pet owner, and father. He was at least 100 Pablo Picassos (Duo Press, $14.99), and artist Violet Lemay helps young readers keep track of his many manifestations in her delightful biography. The book’s illustrations appear in the varied styles of Picasso, blending the personal story with examples of his work to create a highly engaging portrait of a ground-breaking visionary who, like a child, loved to play in color, medium, and form. The book even manages to communicate the shock and revolution of Picasso’s first cubist painting in language and images accessible to younger readers, a story at once complex, simple, and wholly charming. Ages 5-10. Amy Dickinson

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By duopress labs (From an idea by), Violet Lemay (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781938093326
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Published: duopress - May 12th, 2015

You’ve got to have either a big head or an amazing talent to claim that you invented an entire musical genre. As author Jonah Winter makes clear, Jelly Roll Morton had both. In How Jelly Roll Morton Invented Jazz (Roaring Brook, $17.99) Winter builds up a story in swinging verse. Illustrator Keith Mallett follows along with a score of hot reds and cool blues that render the colors and moods of jazz with precision. In this picture book, author and illustrator give children a fun look into the history of one of America’s most important musical forms. Ages 6-10. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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By Jonah Winter, Keith Mallett (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781596439634
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 16th, 2015