I am excited to join Alyson Beecher and other friends in this weekly challenge. Finding great nonfiction picture books isn't a challenge anymore, there are so many wonderful books to be read now! The challenge is sharing them with as many people as possible so they can find this wealth of literature to share with our young readers. Thanks to Aly for starting this weekly link-up and thanks to all who join in! See all of the posts at kidlitfrenzy.
I've written about picture book biographies before, and I really am amazed at what continues to be written. The style, the format, the story... they keep getting better and better, stronger and stronger.
Here's my new favorite:
Trombone Shorty by Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews
This story tells us about Trombone Short and how he grew up believing in his dream of music. He didn't grow up wealthy, he worked for everything. Troy and his friends made their own instruments in order to have a band. But one day he found a broken down trombone. It wasn't perfect, but it could make music. And that is the heart of this story - the music.
I think this book is so relevant because Troy Andrews is still making music today. He has his own foundation to help music and the history of music continue in New Orleans. The foundation has teamed with Tulane University to make sure students who are gifted in music are able to pursue their dreams.
The illustrations are done in watercolor and collage by Bryan Collier. The illustrator's note explains some of the artistic interpretations in the illustrations that really add to the feeling of the story.
I hope to see some stickers on this book come January 2016! Don't miss this one!
There has also been a resurgence of some longer biographies. Scholastic and other publishers have found success in the Who Was/Is series, and other authors are catching on. Whether in a series or stand alone, these books are worth having in an upper elementary classroom or library.
Some books in this series include:
What picture book biographies have you read lately?