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)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781596439634
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Published: Roaring Brook Press - June 16th, 2015

Through Andrea de la Barre de Nanteuil’s loopy, whimsical text and Lovisa Burfitt’s appropriately minimal illustrations, we get to know The Story of Mademoiselle Oiseau (Little Gestalten, $24.95), the mysterious woman who lives on the sixth floor of an apartment on Rue du Temps Perdu, and the girl, Isabella, who lives a floor beneath her. With the persona of an inscrutable movie star, Mademoiselle Oiseau teaches shy, invisible Isabella to believe in herself. An important lesson set beautifully in a graphic novel. Ages 14-18. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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$24.95
ISBN: 9783899557343
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Published: Little Gestalten - April 21st, 2015

When Booker T. Washington set out to build what became the Tuskegee Institute, he did so With Books and Bricks (Albert Whitman, $16.99), simple, yet powerful, tools. Suzanne Slade’s eloquent text conveys Washington’s lifelong passion for education, which began when he glimpsed a sentence written on a chalkboard as a boy and was entranced by the magic of letters. Nicole Tadgell’s pencil and watercolor illustrations come alive with the red of the clay and the fire of the kilns. Washington’s dedication to his goals is stunning. That Slade and Tadgell have managed to capture that journey on the page is a marvel. Ages 5-9. Sharat Buddhavarapu

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By Suzanne Slade, Nicole Tadgell (Illustrator)
$16.99
ISBN: 9780807508978
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Published: Albert Whitman & Company - September 2014

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