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There's a crazy syncopation /and it's tearing through the nation / and it's bringing sweet elation / to every single tune./ It's Jazz
Fifteen poems, infused with the rhythm and wordplay of jazz music, are paired with bold, stylized illustrations of performers and dancers to convey the history and breadth of this unique musical style. From bebop to New Orleans, from ragtime to boogie, and every style in between, Jazz takes readers on a musical journey from jazz's beginnings to the present day. 

Created by a celebrated father-son team, Jazz is a Coretta Scott King Honor Book and a Kirkus Best Children's Books Editor's Choice. 

In addition to its colorful and lyrical celebration, the book includes a brief introductory essay about the history and form of jazz, as well as a timeline and glossary of jazz terms. 


Walter Dean Myers (1937 - 2014) was born in Martinsburg, West Virginia. He was one of the premier authors of books for children, and received numerous awards including the Michael L. Printz award and the Coretta Scott King Award.

Christopher Myers is a writer and fine artist, but he is best known for his award-winning picture books, such as the Caldecott and Coretta Scott King honor book Harlem, written by his father, and his own Black Cat, which also received a Coretta Scott King Honor Award. He lives and works in New York City.

★ "A welcome addition to the literature of jazz."—Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review 

★ "[A] mesmerizing verbal and visual riff on a uniquely American art form." —Publishers Weekly, Starred Review
★ "An absolutely airtight melding of words and pictures that is perfectly accessible to a younger audience." —Booklist, Starred Review


  • Coretta Scott King Award Honor for illustration
  • ALA Notable Children's Book
  • Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award
  • Publishers Weekly's 100 Best Books of the Year
  • Kirkus Reviews Editor's Choice
  • Booklist Editor's Choice
  • Booklist Top Ten in Black History
  • Book Link's Best New Books for the Classroom
  • Golden Kite Award: Picture Book Text


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