In Ada’s Violin (Simon and Schuster, $17.99), Susan Hood tells the powerful story of the Recycled Orchestra of Cateura, Paraguay. Cateura is a trash dump, with thousands of adults and children working as trash-pickers and “recyclers.” It was there that Favio Chávez, an environmental engineer, started a music program for kids and enlisted a recycling crew to create instruments out of scraps of all sorts. See Ada Ríos, one of the first children to join the program, and the Orchestra achieve success with tours, YouTube videos, a 60 Minutes feature, and a documentary. Sally Wern Comport uses pencil and acrylic for her two-page narrative illustrations, also collaging scraps of trash to symbolize Ada’s surroundings. A portion of the proceeds from the sale of the book will be donated to the Orchestra. Ages 4-8.

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By Susan Hood, Sally Wern Comport (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781481430951
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Published: Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers - May 3rd, 2016

A wonderful tribute to the iconic American jazz musician, Just a Lucky So and So (Holiday House, $16.95) offers a glimpse into the childhood of Louis Armstrong. Nicknamed Satchelmouth, Armstrong grew up in a section of New Orleans called The Battlefield. Though poor, he was surrounded by a loving family and local musicians whom he idolized. When a series of scrapes with police landed him in a boys’ home, Armstrong overcame the separation, devoted himself to music, and returned to his neighborhood as a musical dynamo. Lesa Cline-Ransome’s lilting, musical text is accompanied by James Ransome’s magnificent watercolor-and-pencil illustrations. Ages 5-8.

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ISBN: 9780823434282
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Published: Holiday House - February 27th, 2016

Cloth Lullaby (Abrams, $18.95) is a perfect, poetic tribute to the artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). Amy Novesky describes the young Louise, who bonded deeply with her mother (later immortalized in Bourgeois’s many spider sculptures) and grew up working in her family’s tapestry-repair workshop. Bourgeois’s lifelong love of textiles and patterns and her constant metaphorical re-imagining of childhood are lovingly evoked. Striking, mood-setting illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault in colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, and bright brushwork are often reminiscent of Louise’s own paintings. After reading this stunning book, you will be inspired to visit Bourgeois’s giant spider that lives in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Ages 6-10.

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By Amy Novesky, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419718816
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2016