Jazz Day deserves all the awards it should receive. Just thinking about this book makes me happy because it’s just that good. Taking a photograph and giving it context through poetry is brilliant. Focusing on the different musicians and making up backstories to the kids featured on the famous Harlem 1958 photo, we are taken back to that day and that place. The illustrations are as lively as the subjects. Also included are the actual photo itself in a beautiful foldout, an author’s note, short biographies on certain musicians, and a look into the impact of it. I definitely want to see the other works about this photo including the documentary.
This picture book’s format reminded me of Doreen Rappaport’s Big Words series in which informational text is paired with quotes from the biography’s subject in this case Louis Armstrong. Includes Author’s Note and a Resources page which is great because I’m sure readers would want to know more about this jazz legend!
The first part is a fun read-aloud. The text is set to the tune of “This Old Man.” This would pair well with Zin! Zin! The Violin! by Lloyd Moss.
I included this as Nonfiction because of the biographies of the nine jazz men featured in each page!
If you’ve been meaning to read this book but have been putting it off, get a copy now because it’ll be a book you’ll want to recommend to others.
This is the story of a boy in New Orleans whose life was filled with music. Having found an instrument too big for him but something that was his, he practiced and practiced. He formed a band with the neighborhood kids and ended up playing onstage with a music legend. His story will inspire.
Great author and illustrator notes.