October 21 Birthday: Bird & Diz: Dizzy Gillespie and Charlie Parker

Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter
 October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993


Charlie Parker, saxophonist
  August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955

Bird & Diz (Candlewick, 2015)
by Gary Golio
Illustrated by Ed Young

Summary:
When sax player Charlie “Bird” Parker and trumpeter John “Dizzy” Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each other with sounds. As Dizzy’s cheeks puff out like a frog with glasses, the two friends beep and bop and push each other to create a new kind of music—a thrilling fast jazz full of surprises. Blending a playful, rhythmic narration with expressive illustrations as fluid and dynamic as their subjects, this tribute to the masters of bebop by acclaimed biographer Gary Golio and beloved artist Ed Young will have readers hankering to listen for themselves


A unique characteristic of this book is the single “page” folded into traditional spreads, that unfolds into a continuous image. Beautiful!

August 29 Birthday: MY DAD, JOHN MCCAIN


John McCain, politician
August 29, 1936-

My Dad, John McCain by Meghan McCain, illustrated by Dan Andreasen (Aladdin, 2008)

Written by McCain’s eldest daughter, this is a loving tribute to the life of her father that portrays his perseverance and strength as a child, naval officer, prisoner of war, US Senator and Republican candidate for the president.

McCain currently represents Arizona as a member of the US Senate. Visit his website to learn more about him and the issues and legislation he is interested in.

August 29 Birthday: RACING AGAINST THE ODDS: THE STORY OF WENDELL SCOTT, STOCK CAR RACING’S AFRICAN-AMERICAN CHAMPION


Wendell Scott, stock car racer
August 29, 1921-December 23, 1990

Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing’s African-American Champion by Carole Boston Weatherford, illustrated by Eric A. Velasquez (Marshall Cavendish Children’s Books, 2009)

Scott’s foot was on the pedal of his family’s car well before he was old enough to get a license. At 14 he bought his first car. He began racing in 1947 and in 1963 was the first and only African-American to win a NASCAR race.

The Wendell Scott Foundation offers information about Scott, a historical timeline and more.

August 29 Birthday: Bird & Diz

Dizzy Gillespie, trumpeter
 October 21, 1917 – January 6, 1993

Charlie Parker, saxophonist
  August 29, 1920 – March 12, 1955

Bird & Diz (Candlewick, 2015)
by Gary Golio
Illustrated by Ed Young

Summary:
When sax player Charlie “Bird” Parker and trumpeter John “Dizzy” Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each other with sounds. As Dizzy’s cheeks puff out like a frog with glasses, the two friends beep and bop and push each other to create a new kind of music—a thrilling fast jazz full of surprises. Blending a playful, rhythmic narration with expressive illustrations as fluid and dynamic as their subjects, this tribute to the masters of bebop by acclaimed biographer Gary Golio and beloved artist Ed Young will have readers hankering to listen for themselves

A unique characteristic of this book is the single “page” folded into traditional spreads, that unfolds into a continuous image. Beautiful!