Nonfiction Picture Book Wednesday #nfpb2014

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I’m participating in Kid Lit Frenzy’s Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge. Visit her blog to learn more about the incredible variety of nonfiction picture books.

After my older son came home from school complaining that the only time he learns about the achievements and history of African-Americans is when the focus is on slavery or civil rights, I decided that he and I would read 90 picture books this year about African-Americans that DO NOT focus on slavery or Civil Rights.

Picture book biographies of musicians and artists are making this challenge a little easier than I thought it would be, because there are so many wonderful books about African-American singers and musicians, especially jazz musicians.

This week, we read two books about jazz:

before john

Carole Boston Weatherford’s Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane highlights all of the sounds that John Coltrane heard as a child, sounds…

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