Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane
A lyrical picture book biography of John Coltrane that focuses on his childhood.
Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear, growing up in the south during the 1930s: church songs, preachers praying, music on the radio, and the bustling of the household. John was surrounded by all kinds of vivid noises that shaped his own sound as a musician.
With vibrant words and glowing colors, Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls compose an amazingly rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane.
Before John Was a Jazz Giant is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.
Carole Boston Weatherford is the award-winning author of more than 50 books of poetry, nonfiction, and children's literature. She resides in North Carolina where she teaches at Fayetteville State University. She is the author of three Caldecott Honor Books, including Freedom in Congo Square.
Sean Qualls illustrated the widely acclaimed biographies The Poet Slave of Cuba and Dizzy. He lives with his wife and son in Brooklyn, New York.
Publisher: Square Fish
Publication Date: 04/05/2022 - 12:00am
On Sale: 04/05/2022 - 12:00am