My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey - Lesa Cline-Ransome, James Ransome

Robert Battle wore leg braces until he was six and didn’t take up ballet until he was thirteen. Yet a performance of Alvin Ailey’s Revelations inspired him to moonwalk in Miami, study modern dance at Juilliard, and eventually direct the famed Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater. In My Story, My Dance (Paula Wiseman, $17.99), Lesa Cline-Ransome chronicles Battle’s struggles and successes in a detailed and personal narrative that will embolden young readers to dream. James E. Ransome’s illustrations are as thrilling and inspiring as the story, with warm depictions of the family and teachers who supported Battle, and exhilarating spreads of Battle’s triumphs on the stage. With a foreword from the dancer himself, this exultant work’s drama and emotion will surely inspire a new generation of dancers. Ages 6-10

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle's Journey to Alvin Ailey By Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome (Illustrator), Robert Battle (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Lesa Cline-Ransome, James E. Ransome (Illustrator), Robert Battle (Foreword by)
$19.99
ISBN: 9781481422215
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - October 27th, 2015

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound - Andrea Davis Pinkney

Get with the Groove and it will take you on Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound (Roaring Brook, $22.99). Start in 1920s-30s Detroit, known as “The Motor City” and a boomtown for African Americans, where you’ll meet Berry Gordy. The next-to-youngest of eight children, he was known as a troublemaker, but he was also ambitious and entrepreneurial. In addition to writing hit songs himself, Berry had a keen sense of others’ talent and was beginning to recognize R&B’s potential to reach audiences of all colors. With an $800 loan from his family, Berry bought a two-story bungalow in the heart of Detroit’s black community; converted it into offices, his living space, and a studio; and launched his own record company. He called it Motown. The rest is history, which Andrea Davis Pinkney explores in this fascinating look at the influence of young black performers from urban Detroit on the American psyche. Ages 10-14

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$24.99
ISBN: 9781596439733
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - September 29th, 2015

Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews - Kathleen Benson, Benny Andrews

Growing up in the segregated south in the 1930’s, Benny Andrews learned to Draw What You See (Clarion, $16.99). Drawing workers in the fields and at his local Sunday church service, Andrews became determined to finish his education. Kathleen Benson’s new picture book biography, illustrated with paintings by Andrews himself, captures his incredible story. In both his art and his life, Andrews fought for what he believed in, and his work helped to make room for more overlooked artists of color. This gorgeous picture book is an excellent introduction to his life, and an example to all the young artists who might follow his example. Ages 4-8. Courtney Burtraw

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