When graphic designer Art Kane assembled 57 notable jazz musicians in front of a Harlem brownstone in the summer of 1958 for a magazine photo, he probably did not realize how iconic that image would become. Roxane Orgill’s free verse poetry takes the minutiae of those hours and turns it into a descriptive, entertaining, and engaging narrative. Debut illustrator Francis Vallejo’s acrylic and pastel images are vibrant, beautiful, and perfectly evocative of the era. The book is a refreshingly original work of art that tells the story of an extraordinary Jazz Day (Candlewick, $18.99). Ages 9-13.

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Cover Image
By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669546
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Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2016

Artist Jacob Lawrence was only thirteen when he moved from Philadelphia to Harlem during its celebrated renaissance. Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts imagines what a day in his life might have been like at this time, following young Jake from the hour he wakes up at dawn and notices color returning to the world. As Jake walks to Utopia Children’s House, he notices the sights, sounds, and smells that comprise 1930s Harlem. Upon his arrival, he takes this multisensory barrage and Jake Makes a World (MoMA, $18.95) of his own, a miniature Harlem in a shoebox that uses color to capture the essence of his environment. Rhodes-Pitts’s lyrical prose captures the magic of art-making, while Christopher Myers’s joyful illustrations burst with individuality and charm. Ages 5-8

Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870709654
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Published: Museum of Modern Art, New York - June 30th, 2015

Rarely does any biography capture a subject’s life so effectively with so few words. In Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova (Chronicle, $17.99), Laurel Snyder’s spare but flowing prose dances across each page, entrancing audiences as completely as Pavlova herself once did. Julie Morstad’s illustrations exquisitely portray Anna’s delicate and graceful physique as well as her strength of character as she brings her gift to all people, particularly in her signature title role in The Dying Swan. As it was said of this generous, talented woman, both during her life and at her untimely death, “Anna was born for this. Anna IS the swan.” Ages 6-9

Swan: The Life and Dance of Anna Pavlova Cover Image
By Laurel Snyder, Julie Morstad (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781452118901
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Published: Chronicle Books - August 18th, 2015