Kids' Books About Jazz

Andrews, Troy

Hailing from the Tremé neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.

Asim, Jabari

A Child's Introduction to Jazz explores the rich history of jazz music, including profiles of famous musicians like Louis Armstrong and Billie Holliday. Includes downloadable links throughout, to allow kids to listen along to the instruments and musical flair of jazz.

Blasi, Kathleen McAlpin

This heartwarming picture book (based on a true story) depicts a day in the life of Hosea Taylor, a musician who-with his charm, talent, and generosity--brought joy to everyone he met.

Brown, Monica

Tito Puente loved banging pots and pans as a child, but what he really dreamed of was having his own band one day. From Spanish Harlem to the Grammy Awards—and all the beats in between—this is the true life story of a boy whose passion for music turned him into the "King of Mambo."

Cline-Ransome, Lesa

This joyful tribute to Louis Armstrong tells the story of the virtuoso musician and buoyant personality who introduced much of the world to jazz.

Cline-Ransome, Lesa

The award winners behind Before She Was Harriet explore the story of the saxophone, from its beginnings in 1840s Belgium all the way to New Orleans, where an instrument in a pawn shop caught the eye of musician Sidney Bechet and became the iconic symbol it is today. 

Dapier, Jarrett

After lunch at a very crowded jazz cafe, a boy and his Auntie Nina are inspired to create a feast of their own with such treats as Thelonious Monk Fish and Nat King Cole Slaw.

Schofield-Morrison, Connie

On a trip to the park with her mother, a young girl hears a rhythm coming from the world around her and begins to move to the beat, finally beginning an impromptu dance in which other childen join her.

Todd, Traci N.

A biography of Nina Simone, an acclaimed singer whose music gave voice to the struggle for racial equality during the Civil Rights Movement. 

Wheeler, Lisa

Baby and his family make some jazzy music.

Winter, Jonah

A tribute to the life of the iconic jazz entertainer depicts her disadvantaged youth in a segregated America, her unique performance talents, and the irrepressible sense of style that helped her overcome barriers.

Summaries provided by DPL's catalog unless otherwise noted. Click on each title to view more information.

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