This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer, and bandleader in the early days of jazz. Ahead of her time, Lil made a career for herself--and for Louis Armstrong, her modest, unassuming husband. Louis might never have become the groundbreaking jazz player he was, if it hadn't been for Lil. Scat-inspired verse celebrates how Lil overcame race and gender barriers to become the first lady of the Chicago jazz scene.
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Acclaimed author Patricia Hruby Powell‘s debut book, Josephine: The Dazzling Life of Josephine Baker (Chronicle Books), received a Sibert Honor and a Boston Globe-Horn Book Honor. She lives in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois.View Author
Rachel Himes is a museum educator, author, and illustrator. Her debut picture book, Princess and the Peas, puts a modern African American spin on the classic fairy tale. She lives in Brooklyn, New York.View Illustrator