It’s time to start exposing your kids to new sounds! And these wonderful picture books about jazz for kids will do the trick.
Child-focused artists like Laurie Berkner may rule your home, but it doesn’t mean your child won’t be open to learning about other types of music as well.
From an early age, I started exposing my kids to all different types of jazz… and books were the perfect way to do that!
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Best Picture Books About Jazz for Children
There are some amazing books that come with audio CDs that act as the perfect introduction to jazz, as well as some that talk about the jazz greats.
For toddlers (and older), I highly recommend Jazz Fly 2, which introduces children to Latin-influenced jazz as well as some Spanish.
For preschoolers (and older), Ben’s Trumpet uses the sound of jazz to tell the story of a boy who just wants to play the trumpet.
Jazz is an awesome book for Kindergarteners on up, which walks children through poetry accompanied by the whole spectrum of the genre.
In addition, I recommend three books that don’t have audio CDs.
The first is for younger children which visually shows how jazz may look (and is about John Coltrane) called Before John Was a Jazz Giant.
Read about Jazz!
This awaited sequel to the multiple-award winning original Jazz Fly combines witty illustrations, rhythmic narration and irresistible music provided by a jazz quintet.
The jazz-scatting Fly and his insect band need a ride to the tropical pachanga, or dance party. A sloth, spider monkey and macaw can help but only if the band chants the right Spanish words. Can one part jazz and one part Spanish make a language problem vanish?
Find out how the Fly’s creativity saves El Termite Nook from destruction. Jumping with bongo drums, conga drums, sax solos and more, this spirited–and funny– adventure welcomes listeners to Spanish and Latin jazz.
The story of Ben is fiction, but it could be the story of more than one jazz musician who grew up in the twenties.
Using the art-deco style of the period, Rachel Isadora not only captures the poignancy and yearning of a youthful talent, but in page after page of striking art seems to convey the very sound of music.
From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie and every style in between, this collection of Walter Dean Myers’s energetic and engaging poems celebrates different styles of the American art form, jazz. “JAZZ” takes readers on a musical journey from jazz’s beginnings to the present day.
2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book. 2009 Bank Street – Best Children’s Book of the Year.
Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household.
The award-winning book by celebrated jazz composer Wynton Marsalis is now available with an exclusive art print by illustrator Paul Rogers
Told in moving prose and powerfully illustrated, this is the story of a shy, curious boy from a deeply religious family who grew up to find solace and inspiration in his own unique approach to both spirituality and music.
Growing up, John was a seeker. He wondered about spirit, and the meaning of life. And whether music could be a key to unlocking those mysteries.
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