Start “frisking the whiskers,” we’re going to “hit on all sixes” and learn our ABC’s! J is for Jazz (Bright Connections Media, $16.99) begins with a “ducky” introduction to jazz and ends with the “bee’s knees” of a glossary of jazz slang. Using individual letters, the body of the picture book acquaints budding musicians with the history and elements of this celebrated musical genre, including G is for Benny Goodman and his “licorice stick” (clarinet) and M is for Miles Davis, one cool cat! Author Ann Ingalls packs her latest with “solid” information, and illustrator Maria Corte Maidagan’s bright geometrical figures are a perfect complement. “Get a wiggle on” and don’t miss this great book!  Ages 5-7. RBB

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ISBN: 9781622670260
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Bright Connections - September 30th, 2014

Benny Goodman grew up in the early 1900s on Chicago’s West Side, playing his clarinet in the synagogue marching band. Teddy Wilson grew up around the same time in Tuskegee, Alabama, playing multiple instruments, but especially piano. Influenced by jazz and blues, Goodman and Wilson each performed at segregated venues until they met and, in 1936, made history by performing together. With free verse and vivid illustrations, Lesa Cline-Ransome and James E. Ransome bring to life the historic period when swing was born, in Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History (Holiday House, $16.95). Ages 6-11. Heidi Powell

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ISBN: 9780823423620
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Published: Holiday House - February 1st, 2014

Fifty years after The Beatles (Frances Lincoln, $18.99) took the United States by storm, sparking countrywide Beatlemania with their performance on the Ed Sullivan Show, it is remarkable to look back at the origin stories of the four Liverpool lads who would become the Fab Four. Mick Manning and Brita Granström’s irreverent yet thorough approach to the story allows the personalities of the musicians to shine through, particularly their uniquely British sense of humor. Chronologically arranged with a mix of cartoon illustrations and blocks of explanatory text, The Beatles is perfect for old and new fans alike. Ages 8-12. Courtney Burtraw

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By Mick Manning (Illustrator), Brita Granstrom
ISBN: 9781847804518
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Lincoln Children's Books - March 18th, 2014