Sweethearts of Rhythm - Marilyn Nelson and Jerry Pinkney

The International Sweethearts Of Rhythm: The Story Of The Greatest All-Girl Swing Band In The World (Dial, $21.99) was the first integrated all-female band in the world, performing throughout the 1940s. They started out playing church fundraising tours in the South, travelling from ballroom to ballroom across the United States under “the unsleeping eye of Jim Crow”. Eventually, they performed to sold-out and standing-room-only crowds and then traveled to Europe to play swing for the US troops during WWII. Award-winning poet Marilyn Nelson brings the era back to life as band members’ instruments tell their story in poems. Superimposing collage over his watercolors and drawings, award-winning artist Jerry Pinkney brings the sound and magic of music to the page. Together, Nelson and Pinkney convey the importance of swing to the nation and to the world during the turbulent war years. Ages 10 and up. HWP

An Eye for Color - Julia Breckenreid and Natasha Wing

When you have An Eye For Color: The Story of Josef Albers (Henry Holt, $16.99), you become inspired by the juxtaposition of colors and their effect on perception. Natasha Wing writes of the first living artist awarded a retrospective at MoMA. Julia Breckenreid’s art pays homage to Albers’ fascination with colors and its ability to express soft and loud sounds or melancholy and joyous moods. Ages 8-12. MIR
An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers By Julia Breckenreid (Illustrator), Natasha Wing Cover Image
By Julia Breckenreid (Illustrator), Natasha Wing
ISBN: 9780805080728
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - September 1st, 2009

A Young Dancer - Valerie Gladstone and Jose Ivey

A Young Dancer: The Life Of An Ailey Student (Henry Holt, $18.95) is thirteen-year-old Iman Bright’s absorbing story of her dedication to dance and her life outside the studio. Infused with the history of the prestigious Alvin Ailey American Dance Theatre and the Ailey School, Valerie Gladstone’s informative text and Jose Ivey’s exceptional photographs capture the hard work, joy, and passion this young dancer experiences when she practices and performs. Ages 6-10. MAG