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  • $198 goal

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Ms. J.
Grades 6-8
More than three‑quarters of students from low‑income households
  • 4 donors
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Picture Books and African-American Music History

The cost of 13 jazz and blues books, including Satchmo's Blues and If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong, is $198, including shipping and <a target="new" href="" onclick="g_openWindow('', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.

February is Black History month and several key figures are often the focus: Martin Luther King, Jr., Rosa Parks, Jackie Robinson, and Harriet Tubman. Isn't it time to expand our students' knowledge beyond these names and include other notable African-American accomplishments? What do you know about African-American music history? Can you give the real names of musicians such as Satchmo, the Duke, and the Bird? They are some of the true musical geniuses in the 20th century- their names are Louis Armstrong, Duke Ellington, and Charlie Parker. Music standards mandate that a variety of music and cultures be studied. Yet how often do we closely examine our own American music? Jazz is often called the original American art music. Jazz music, with roots in the blues, tells the story of African-Americans through the 20th century. Alongside white musicians, African-American musicians helped break down racial barriers through the strength and popularity of their music. In my rural South Carolina music classroom, we frequently read picture books aloud, covering topics ranging from classical composers to musical instruments to jazz. Since many of my 100 students read below grade-level, picture books are a perfect avenue to help them develop reading skills. Will you help us purchase thirteen new African-American music books? They include stories about early slaves transported from Africa, the roots of jazz, jazz musicians Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Charlie Parker, and Wynton Marsalis. Thank you for helping us learn African-American history.

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Jazz ABZ.: A Collection of Jazz Portraits from A to Z Wynton Marsalis, Paul Rogers (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $17.49 1 $17.49
God Bless the Child Billie Holiday, Jerry Pinkney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.29 1 $15.29
Rent Party Jazz William Miller, Charlotte Riley-Webb (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $15.25 1 $15.25
Blues Singers: Ten Who Rocked the World Julius Lester, Lisa Cohen (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.39 1 $14.39
Heaven's All-Star Jazz Band Don Carter, Don Carter (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $14.35 1 $14.35
Follow the Drinking Gourd Jeanette Winter, Jeanette Winter (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.19 1 $7.19
Hip Cat Jonathan London, Woodleigh Marx Hubbard (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $7.15 1 $7.15
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop Chris Raschka, Chris Raschka (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Satchmo's Blues Alan Schroeder, Floyd Cooper (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
The Max Found Two Sticks Brian Pinkney, Brian Brian Pinkney, Brian Pinkney (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
Summertime: From Porgy and Bess George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward, Dorothy Heyward, Mike Wimmer (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.29 1 $6.29
To Be a Drum Evelyn Coleman, Aminah B. Robinson (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $6.25 1 $6.25
If I Only Had a Horn: Young Louis Armstrong Roxane Orgill, Leonard Jenkins (Illustrator) • Barnes and Noble $5.35 1 $5.35

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