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from Boyds Mills Press

A Junior Library Guild Selection

"Chronicling the life of Lil Hardin Armstrong, the illustrations and first-person text showcase an exuberance evident in the life of 'Miss Lil,' who pioneered not only female musicianship in jazz, but jazz itself."
School Library Journal

"A joyful portrait of a musician who made her mark on the jazz world." 
Publishers Weekly

Born to Swing cover
Lil Hardin was born to swing!

Ever since she was a young girl, Lil Hardin played music with a beat. She jammed at home, at church, and at her first job in a music store. At a time when women's only place in jazz was at a microphone, Lil earned a spot playing piano in Chicago's hottest band. She went on to fame as a bandleader and composer and "swung" with many of the greatest early jazz musicians, including husband Louis Armstrong. "Hot Miss Lil" was a jazz pioneer and legend whose story and music need to be heard!

by Mara Rockliff
illustrated by Michele Wood
Picture Book
Calkins Creek, 2018
ISBN 9781629795553

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