Kids will enjoy these great reads that introduce them to life during the Great Depression and jazz music. We've also included a few more wonderful books by Christopher Paul Curtis, the author of Bud, not Buddy.
Rose's Journal: The Story of a Girl in the Great Depression shares the life and hardships that children experienced during the depression. Written in dairy format, kids will identify with a kid's perspective of this turbulant time in history. Best for ages 8 - 12.
Meet Kit: An American Girl 1934 (The American Girls Collection, Book 1) is the first book about Kit Kitteridge, a girl growing up during the Great Depression. In this first book, readers meet Kit before the financial impact of the depression has affected her family. Great non-fiction sections are included at the back of each book in the series. Best for ages 6 - 12.
Jazz ABZ: An A to Z Collection of Jazz Portraits with Art Print is a wonderful introduction to jazz artists, instruments and music. Kids will enjoy the brief biographies and poetic verse - a definate read-aloud with a hip-hop tune is recommended. Best for uppper elementary - junior high school.
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop is a story about Charlie as a 12 year old. Kids will love learning about be bop and the book has a great rhythm as it's read to kids. Best for ages 3 - 8.
A Good Night for Ghosts is one of the newest installments in the Magic Tree House series! Jack & Annie travel back in time to New Orleans at Halloween in search of Louis Armstrong and discover the world of Jazz music! I love this fiction series as it always includes some wonderful non-fiction information. Best for ages 5 - 10.
The Mighty Miss Malone is the story of how one family must survive during the Great Depression. Deza, the smartest girl in her class, is forced to leave town with her family in search of her father and end up living in a Hooverville. A story of how to stay strong in the face of adversity. Best for kids ages 9 - 12.
The Watsons Go to Birmingham--1963 is an award-winning story of a family that moves to the south during the height of racial tensions. The story is narrated by Kenny, a fourth grader, whose family's move is due to his older brother's trouble making behavior. Best for kids ages 12 +.
Elijah of Buxton is the story of the first child is a Canadian settlement of runaway slaves to be born a free person. Everyone views Elijah as a fragile boy until he sets out to catch a theif. Best for ages 8 - 12.