Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane by Carole Boston WeatherfordFrom Bogey Bear
Sometimes I want to read an information book, nonfiction.  Its fun to learn and its fun to read.  Nonfiction let's me do both!  Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane by Carole Boston Weatherford  is the story of an important jazz artist.  Read the book and listen to his music - children will love it!

About the Book
Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped John’s own sound as a musician.

Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean Qualls have composed an amazingly  rich hymn to the childhood of jazz legend John Coltrane.   Before John Was a Jazz Giant is a 2009 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best Children's Book of the Year.

From School Library Journal
Weatherford’s evocative poem traces Coltrane’s influences simply and stunningly. Qualls’s muted palette of rich hues suggests the smoky jazz moods he would create.”

From Horn Book
Even children who are unfamiliar with jazz in general and John Coltrane in particular may find their interest piqued.” 

From Booklist
Will echo with contemporary children, who will recognize the music in their daily lives.”

From Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
This is as much a subtle invitation for children to listen to their own worlds as it is a Coltrane biography

About the Author
Carole Boston Weatherford wrote the Caldecott Honor book Moses: When Harriet Tubman Lead Her People to Freedom. She lives in North Carolina.

About the Illustrator
Sean Qualls illustrated the widely acclaimed biographies The Poet Slave of Cuba and Dizzy. He lives with his family in Brooklyn, New York.