Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin: Lloyd Moss

Zin! Zin! Zin! a Violin

Author: Lloyd Moss
Illustrator: Marjorie Priceman
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Year: 1995
Brief Summary: Through pleasant rhyme, readers are introduced to 10 different instruments, music vocabulary, and parts of the orchestra.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  •  Music: discuss the musical instruments mentioned in the book in more detail.  If there is a music room in the school and these instruments were available, arrange for students to try them out.
  • Arrange a field trip to an orchestra/concert.  See if students can meet the musicians back stage or visit the “pit” to see everything from the musicians’ point of view.
  • If field trip isn’t possible, play some classical music and see if students can identify the different instruments.
  • Review the number prefixes — solo, duo, trio, etc.
  • Find rhyming pairs in the book.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.  

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

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Blues Journey: Walter Dean Myers

Blues Journey

Author: Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Christopher Myers
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Year: 2003
Brief Summary: This father/son collaboration explores the essence of blues music, touching on themes such as slavery, poverty, lynching, love spurned, fear of dying and of living.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Boston Globe-Horn Book Award for Excellence in Children”s Literature, 2003′ ‘ Honor Book’ ‘ Picture Book’ ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Lee Bennett Hopkins Poetry Award, 2004′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘
Best Children’s Books of the Year, 2004 ; Bank Street College of Education
Booklist Top 10 Art Books for Youth, 2003 ; American Library Association
Booklist Top 10 Black History Titles for Youth, 2004 ; American Library Association
Books That Make You Look: Visual Imagery, 2005 ; Bank Street College of Education
Bulletin Blue Ribbons, 2003 ; Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books
Capitol Choices, 2004 ; The Capitol Choices Committee
Children’s Catalog, Eighteenth Edition, Supplement, 2004 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Catalog, Nineteenth Edition, 2006 ; H.W. Wilson
Children’s Literature Choice List, 2004 ; Children’s Literature
Choices, 2004 ; Cooperative Children’s Book Center
Horn Book Fanfare, 2003 ; Horn Book
Kirkus Book Review Stars, February 15, 2003
Notable Children’s Books in the Language Arts, 2004 ; NCTE Children’s Literature Assembly
Notable Children’s Books, 2004 ; ALSC American Library Association
Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People, 2004 ; National Council for the Social Studies
School Library Journal Book Review Stars, April 2003 ; Cahners
Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association, 2004 ; Special Interest Group of the International Reading Association

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • Discuss various aspects/characteristics of blues music.
  • Discuss various themes discussed in the book: slavery, poverty, etc.  How do musicians explore/express their feelings about these things through music?
  • Visit the music room of the school (if available) and listen to some blues music and discuss some instruments used to play this music.

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc. Author’s note on the history, elements, and importance of the blues.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

Ben’s Trumpet: Rachel Isadora

Ben’s Trumpet

Author/Illustrator: Rachel Isadora
Publisher: Greenwillow
Publication Year: 1979
Brief Summary: Ben dreams of playing jazz, and gets some help from a neighborhood musician.
Awards, Honors and Prizes:

Randolph Caldecott Medal, 1980′ ‘ Honor Book’ ” ‘ United States’ ” ‘

 

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:

  • music: borrow a trumpet from music room and show it to kids (or have a “field trip” to music room and show different instruments mentioned in the book — piano, saxophone, drums, trumpet); listen to a cd of jazz music
  • Art: discuss art deco style

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.   

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library

The Blues of Flats Brown: Walter Dean Myers

 

The Blues of Flats Brown

Author: Walter Dean Myers
Illustrator: Nina Laden
Publisher: Holiday House
Publication Year: 2001
Brief Summary: A junkyard dog named Flats runs away from his abusive master in order to play the blues.
Awards, Honors and Prizes: 

Ideas for using this book in classroom or library and/or brief notes on curriculum connections/content learning standards/Common Core, etc.:
  • Music: introduce the blues.  Play a CD of blues music.  Why do you think they call this music “the blues”?  Think about the lyrics and the melody…how does it make you feel?  Read together with Walter Dean Myers’ Blues Journey.
  • Discuss the reasons why Flats felt like he had to leave.
  • Why do you think Flat’s owner let him go at the end?

Special features included (if applicable) — index; timeline; author’s notes; further reading; etc.

Accessed at: Thrasher Elementary Library