Skit, Scat, Skitter, Doo! National Jazz Appreciation Month

  

April is National Jazz Appreciation month, and since I love music, I wanted to share a few items that I think children will enjoy.  If you would like to know more about a certain artist, I would recommend looking at children's biographies, which I did not include in this booklist. There are also several additional resources that I would be happy to share with you, such as our wonderful databases for children and databases for tweens.  If you are interested in learning more about these resources post a question or comment below and I will follow up with an answer.

CD Music for Children

Muriel Harris Weinstein. When Louis Armstrong Taught Me Scat
In a CRACKITY-SNAPPITY-POPPITY-POP bubblegum dream, a young girl learns to scat from the master himself, Louis Armstrong! Written in prose and scat with wild and wonderful illustrations by R. Gregory Christie, this joyful tribute is downright contagious.

Ann Ingalls. The Little Piano Girl
What if you loved music more than anything? Suppose you had just learned to play the piano. Imagine that your family has to move to a new city and you have to leave your piano behind. People don’t like you in the new city because of what you look like. How will you make yourself feel better? Mary Lou Williams, like Mozart, began playing the piano when she was four; at eight she became a professional musician. She wrote and arranged music for Duke Ellington, Charlie Parker and Dizzy Gillespie, and was one of the most powerful women in jazz. This is the story of Mary Lou's childhood in Pittsburgh, where she played the piano for anyone who would listen.

Kristyn Crow. Cool Daddy Rat
Every night, Cool Daddy Rat takes his bass case, and goes out to play and scat around the city. But one night he hears something strange: Peeky squeaky who dat? It’s his son, Ace, hiding in the bass case! After a reassuring call to Mama, the pair goes all over the city together, filling the streets with his sweet beat. And when Ace can’t contain himself any longer, Cool Daddy Rat finds out he’s not the only fantastic scatter in the family.


Stephanie Calmenson. Jazzmatazz!
When a piano-playing mouse slips inside a house to get warm, watch out! In no time he has a whole family, then a whole town, making music. They're drumming, fiddling, singing, dancing, and jazzmatazz jamming! Stephanie Calmenson's sing-aloud words and Bruce Degen's eye-dancing pictures bring music to every page.

Pete Seeger. The Deaf Musicians
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.

Chris Raschka. John Coltrane's Giant Steps
John Coltrane's musical composition is performed by a box, a snowflake, some raindrops, and a kitten.

Sherry Shahan. The Jazzy Alphabet
The jazzy alphabet boogies and sings, making hot, cool, pizzazzy street-jammin' jazz.

Jonathan London. Hip Cat
This is the jazzy story of a hip, saxophone-playing cat who heads to the big city to seek fame and fortune. The rhythmic text is filled with the same ebb and flow that characterizes jazz music, and the brilliant, full-color illustrations bring alive a magical world where, if you try hard enough, no dream is out of reach.