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.
Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane
By Carole Boston Weatherford (Author), Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
Hardcover: 32 pages
Age Range: 5 - 9 years
Grade Level: Kindergarten - 4
Publisher: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR); First Edition edition (April 1, 2008)