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Action Jackson Action Jackson / Jan Greenberg & Sandra Jordan ; illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
Imagines Jackson Pollock at work during the creation of one of his paint-swirled and splattered canvasses.

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Ada's violin Ada's violin / Susan Hood ; illustrated by Sally Wern Comport
A landfill. A community in need of hope. A girl with a dream. A man with a vision. An ingenious idea.

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Babymouse Babymouse / Jennifer L. Holm & Matthew Holm
As tryouts for the school musical begin, Babymouse takes the starring role in several imaginary Broadway productions, which also feature her debonair new classmate, Henry the hedgehog.

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Bird & Diz Bird & Diz / Gary Golio ; art by Ed Young
Presents a rhythmic tribute to Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and their creation of bebop.

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Blackbird fly Blackbird fly / Erin Entrada Kelly ; interior illustrations by Betsy Peterschmidt
Bullied at school, eighth-grader Apple, a Filipino American who loves the music of the Beatles, decides to change her life by learning how to play the guitar.

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Cha-cha-cha en la selva Cha-cha-cha en la selva / Debbie Harter ; traducido por Yanitzia Canetti
In the jungle, the animals' toes are twitching, their bodies are wiggling, and their wings are flapping--as they teach children how to do the animal boogie.

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The Deaf musicians The Deaf musicians / story by Pete Seeger and Paul DuBois Jacobs ; illustrations by R. Gregory Christie
Lee, a jazz pianist, has to leave his band when he begins losing his hearing, but he meets a deaf saxophone player in a sign language class and together they form a snazzy new band.

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Dooby dooby moo Dooby dooby moo / Doreen Cronin ; illustrated by Betsy Lewin
While Farmer Brown sleeps, his animals prepare for a talent show at the county fair.

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Drum dream girl Drum dream girl / Margarita Engle ; illustrations by Rafael López
Follows a girl in the 1920s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba. Includes note about Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, who inspired the story, and Anacaona, the all-girl dance band she formed with her sisters.

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Duck sock-hop Duck sock-hop / Jane Kohuth ; illustrated by Jane Porter
Ducks dance their socks off at their weekly sock-hop.

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Finding the music = En pos de la musica Finding the music = En pos de la musica / por Jennifer Torres ; illustrated by/ ilustrado por Renato Alarcão ; Spanish translation by/traducc
"A young Latina girl accidentally breaks her grandfather's vihuela and searches for someone in the community to fix the instrument, which leads her to discover her grandfather's legacy as a mariachi. Includes an author's note and glossary"--

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Hana Hashimoto, sixth violin Hana Hashimoto, sixth violin / written by Chieri Uegaki ; illustrated by Qin Leng
Hana Hashimoto has signed up to play her violin at her school's talent show. The trouble is, she's only a beginner, and she's had only three lessons. Will her confidence waver on the night of the show?

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I got the rhythm I got the rhythm / Connie Schofield-Morrison ; illustrated by Frank Morrison
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.

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Jazz / by Walter Dean Myers ; illustrated by Christopher Myers Jazz / by Walter Dean Myers ; illustrated by Christopher Myers
Illustrations and rhyming text celebrate the roots of jazz music.

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Ketzel, the cat who composed Ketzel, the cat who composed / Leslea Newman ; illustrated by Amy June Bates
Composer Moshe Cotel adopts a six-toed, black-and-white kitten whom he calls Ketzel, and when he needs a piece to enter in a contest for music less than a minute long, it is Ketzel who provides the solution.

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Let's clap, jump, sing, and shout; dance, spin, and turn it out! Let's clap, jump, sing, and shout; dance, spin, and turn it out! / collected by Patricia C. McKissack ; illustrated by Brian Pinkney
"Parents and grandparents will delight in sharing this exuberant book with the children in their lives. Here is a songbook, a storybook, a poetry collection, and much more, all rolled into one. Find a partner for hand claps such as 'Eenie, Meenie, Sassafreeny,' or form a circle for games like 'Little Sally Walker.' Gather as a family to sing well-loved songs like 'Amazing Grace' and 'Oh, Freedom,' or to read aloud the poetry of such African American luminaries as Langston Hughes, James Weldon Johnson, and Paul Laurence Dunbar. And snuggle down to enjoy classic stories retold by the author, including Aesop's fables and tales featuring Br'er Rabbit and Anansi the Spider"--Amazon.com.

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Little Melba and her big trombone Little Melba and her big trombone / Katheryn Russell-Brown ; illustrations by Frank Morrison
"A biography of African American musician Melba Doretta Liston, a virtuoso musician who played the trombone and composed and arranged music for many of the great jazz musicians of the twentieth century"--Provided by publisher.

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The Little piano girl The Little piano girl / Ann Ingalls & Maryann Macdonald ; illustrated by Giselle Potter
A child prodigy at the piano sprinkles her music with a little jazz. Includes an afterword about the life of the twentieth-century jazz musician, Mary Lou Williams.

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Little Pig joins the band Little Pig joins the band / David Hyde Costello
When Little Pig tries to join his Grandpa, brothers, and sisters in a marching band he discovers that, although he is too small for any of the available instruments, he can still play an important role.

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Lola Levine and the ballet scheme Lola Levine and the ballet scheme / Monica Brown ; illustrated by Angela Dominguez
"A new girl has joined Lola Levine's second-grade class. When they get off on the wrong foot, they are forced to spend time together...and learn they have more in common than they thought"--

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Music everywhere! Music everywhere! / Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, Cynthia Pon
Photographs from around the world celebrate the universal joy that kids get from making music, whether they are playing instruments, clapping their hands, stomping their feet or singing.

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The Music in George's head The Music in George's head / Suzanne Slade ; illustrated by Stacy Innerst
"With rhythmic swirls of words and pictures, Suzanne Slade and Stacy Innerst beautifully reveal just how brilliantly Gershwin reached inside his head to create his masterpiece, Rhapsody in Blue. It's a surprising and whirlwind composition of notes and sounds and one long wail of a clarinet-dazzling and daring, just like George Gershwin himself!"--[from book jacket]

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My hands sing the blues My hands sing the blues / Jeanne Walker Harvey ; illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
In Harlem, New York City, an artist follows the rhythms of blues music as he recalls his North Carolina childhood while painting, cutting, and pasting to make art.

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Never play music right next to the zoo Never play music right next to the zoo / John Lithgow ; illustrated by Leeza Hernandez
A concert gets out of hand when the animals at the neighboring zoo storm the stage and play the instruments themselves. Includes a CD comprising a John Lithgow performance of the song.

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No ordinary sound No ordinary sound / Denise Lewis Patrick
Melody is excited to sing her first solo and gleans inspiration from her brother's love of Motown and the words of Martin Luther King, Jr., but it soon becomes clear that things in the country are not fair for African Americans like her.

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Olivia forms a band Olivia forms a band / Ian Falconer
Olivia decides there has to be a marching band at the fireworks display, even if she has to do it herself.

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Piano starts here Piano starts here / Robert Andrew Parker
The story of the young Art Tatum, who became one of the all-time greats of jazz piano.

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The Rising star of Rusty Nail The Rising star of Rusty Nail / Lesley M.M. Blume
In the small town of Rusty Nail, Minnesota, in the early 1950s, musically talented ten-year-old Franny wants to take advanced piano lessons from newcomer Olga Malenkov, a famous Russian musician suspected of being a communist spy by gossipy members of the community.

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Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the wolf Sergei Prokofiev's Peter and the wolf / retold by Janet Schulman ; illustrated by Peter Malone
Defying his grandfather, young Peter tries to capture a wolf who is terrorizing his animal friends, in a story based on Prokofiev's famous work in which each character is represented by a particular musical instrument.

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Skit-scat raggedy cat Skit-scat raggedy cat / written by Roxane Orgill; illustrated by Sean Qualls
A biography of jazz singer Ella Fitzgerald.

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Squeak! rumble! whomp! whomp! whomp! Squeak! rumble! whomp! whomp! whomp! / Wynton Marsalis ; illustrated by Paul Rogers
"Takes readers (and listeners) on a rollicking, clanging, clapping tour through the many sounds that fill a neighborhood"--

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Swing sisters Swing sisters / Karen Deans ; illustrated by Joe Cepeda
In 1909 Dr. Laurence Clifton Jones opened a special home for African American orphans in Mississippi called Piney Woods Country Life School. There, students worked hard on their studies, and no one worked harder than the young musicians who played in the Sweethearts, the schools all-girl swing band. Their music had rhythms and melodies that got people dancing! When the Sweethearts left Piney Woods, they moved to Washington, D.C., to try to make it to the big-time. It wasnt always easy, and it wasnt always safe, but the talented Sweethearts of Rhythm ultimately became an international sensation. Joe Cepedas exuberant illustrations celebrate these brave musicians who chipped away at racist and sexist barriers, and whose music reminded audiences how great it feels to be alive.

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Take me out to the ballgame Take me out to the ballgame / lyrics by Jack Norworth ; music by Albert Von Tilzer ; [illustrated by] Jim Burke ; introduction by

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Tap tap boom boom Tap tap boom boom / Elizabeth Bluemle ; illustrated by G. Brian Karas
"It's a mad dash for shelter as rain sweeps into an urban neighborhood. Where to go? The subway! It's the perfect place to wait out the wind and weather. Strangers share smiles and umbrellas and take delight in the experience of a city thunderstorm."--Jacket.

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This Jazz Man This Jazz Man / Karen Ehrhardt ; pictures by R.G. Roth
Presents an introduction to jazz music and nine well-known jazz musicians, set to the rhythm of the traditional song, "This Old Man." Includes brief facts about each musician.

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Tito Puente, Mambo King Tito Puente, Mambo King / a bilingual picture book by Monica Brown ; illustrated by Rafael López ; translated by Adriana Domi
A celebration of the life and music of the man known as the "King of the Mambo" and the "Godfather of Salsa" covers his boyhood in New York and his years as a musician and bandleader, and highlights the pleasure he gave listeners.

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Trombone Shorty Trombone Shorty / Troy Andrews and Bill Taylor ; illustrated by Bryan Collier
A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in Tremé and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.

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What is rock and roll? What is rock and roll? / Jim O'Connor ; illustrated by Gregory Copeland
Looks at the history of rock music, its different styles, and its impact on a generation.

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When Marian sang When Marian sang / libretto [i.e. text] by Pam Muñoz Ryan ; staging [i.e. illustrations] by Brian Selznick
An introduction to the life of Marian Anderson, extraordinary singer and civil rights activist, who was the first African American to perform at the Metropolitan Opera, whose life and career encouraged social change.

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When the beat was born When the beat was born / Laban Carrick Hill ; illustrated by Theodore Taylor III
Before there was hip hop, there was DJ Kool Herc. On a hot day at the end of summer in 1973 Cindy Campbell threw a back-to-school party at a park in the South Bronx. Her brother, Clive Campbell, spun the records. He had a new way of playing the music to make the breaks the musical interludes between verses longer for dancing. He called himself DJ Kool Herc and this is When the Beat Was Born. From his childhood in Jamaica to his youth in the Bronx, Laban Carrick Hill's book tells how Kool Herc came to be a DJ, how kids in gangs stopped fighting in order to breakdance, and how the music he invented went on to define a culture and transform the world.
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