Thursday, May 1, 2014

30th April International Jazz Day

International Jazz Day is a yearly event on 30 April, organized by UNESCO to celebrate “the virtues of jazz as an educational tool, and a force for peace, unity, dialogue and enhanced cooperation among people.” The day was proclaimed during the UNESCO General Conference in November 2011.

Once I would have said that jazz music wasn't something my students were interested in, but I haven't had too much trouble getting them to borrow books such as these:
Ben's Trumpet  by Rachel Isadora
This Jazz Man by Karen Ehrhardt
The Jazz Fly by Matthew W. Gollub
Sheep's Jazzy Jumper by Carrie and David Grant
My Two Grandads by Floella Benjamin
and all the wonderful biographies that are part of the library's picture book biography collection:
Dizzy  by Jonah Winter ( the story of Dizzy Gillespie)
Mister and Lady Day by Amy Novesky (the story of Billie Holiday and the dog who loved her)
The Little Piano Girl by Ann Ingalls and Maryann MacDonald (the story of Mary Lou Williams)
Jazz Age Josephine by Jonah Winter (the story of singer Josephine Baker)
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka

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