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We’ve put together this list of music-themed JLG Gold Standard selections that will get toes tapping and pages turning throughout the summer.

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      Dolphins: Voices in the Ocean

      by Susan Casey

      Mar 2018

      Nonfiction Middle

      $16.99  $12.75  Member Price
      This is a thrilling journey into the spiritual, scientific, and sometimes threatened world of dolphins. Based on adult work Voices in the Ocean: A Journey into the Wild and Haunting World of Dolphins. Selected bibliography. List of scientific and environmental resources. Full-color photographs.

      Born to Swing: Lil Hardin Armstrong’s Life in Jazz

      by Mara Rockliff

      Mar 2018

      Arts Elementary Plus

      This book captures the story of "Hot Miss Lil" Hardin Armstrong, legendary jazz pianist, composer, and bandleader—and a female pioneer on the music stage. “About Lil.” Suggestions for listening. Time line. Author’s note. Bibliography. Historical photographs. Full-color illustrations done in acrylic paint.

      Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

      by Laura Veirs

      Feb 2018

      Biography Elementary Plus

      This lyrical, lovely picture book tells the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elizabeth Cotten—one of the most celebrated American folk musicians of all time.

      Just Like Us!: Birds

      by Bridget Heos

      Jan 2018

      Nonfiction Early Elementary

      $14.99  $12.75  Member Price
      Which animals compose music, decorate their homes, weave, and even give gifts? BIRDS!

      Bobby Lee Claremont and the Criminal Element

      by Jeannie Mobley

      Jan 2018

      Mystery/Adventure Elementary Plus

      All aboard for a fast-paced, Jazz Age–era murder mystery set aboard a Chicago-bound train!

      Shai & Emmie Star in Break an Egg!

      by Quvenzhané Wallis

      Jan 2018

      Independent Readers

      Introducing the first story in a brand-new series about best friends Shai and Emmie, two third graders destined for superstardom.

      Waltz of the Snowflakes

      by Elly MacKay

      Nov 2017

      Arts Elementary Plus

      $16.99  $12.75  Member Price
      Celebrate the magic of theater and The Nutcracker as seen through the eyes of a young girl and her grandmother in thisgorgeous wordless picture book. Full-color illustrations.

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      Danza!: Amalia Hernández and Mexico’s Folkloric Ballet

      by Duncan Tonatiuh

      Oct 2017

      Arts Elementary Plus

      As a child, Amalia Hernández watched a group of dancers in the town square. The way they stomped and swayed and moved to the rhythm of the beat inspired her. She knew she would become a dancer one day. Author's note. Glossary. Bibliography. Index. Full-color hand-drawn illustrations, collaged digitally.

      Martí’s Song for Freedom / Martí y sus versos por la libertad

      by Emma Otheguy

      Sep 2017

      Primary Spanish

      A bilingual biography of José Martí, who dedicated his life to the promotion of liberty, the abolishment of slavery, political independence for Cuba, and intellectual freedom. Afterword. Author's note. Excerpts from Versos sencillos. Selected bibliography. Quotation source. Full-color gouache illustrations.

      Stand Up and Sing: Pete Seeger, Folk Music, and the Path to Justice

      by Susanna Reich

      Jul 2017

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Celebrate legendary folk singer Pete Seeger's incredible legacy—his life, his music, and his belief that anyone can make a difference. Foreword by Peter Yarrow. Author's note. Quotes. Selected sources. Suggestions for further reading and listening. Full-color mixed-media illustrations.


      by Riley Redgate

      Jul 2017

      Young Adults Plus

      In this timely YA novel, a teenage girl disguises herself as a boy to sneak into a competitive, all-male a cappella octet.

      The Music of Life: Bartolomeo Cristofori & the Invention of the Piano

      by Elizabeth Rusch

      Jun 2017

      Arts Elementary Plus

      Bartolomeo Cristofori longs to create an instrument that can be played both soft and loud. Could hammers be the key to the new instrument? Time line of the life of Bartolomeo Cristofori and the piano. Information about the three surviving Cristofori pianos and about modern pianos. Classical and modern piano music suggestions. Notes about primary and secondary sources. Bibliography. Sources for quotations. Full-color illustrations rendered in gouache and ink.
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