BORN TO SWING
Boyds Mills Press
A Junior Library Guild Selection
CCBC Choices 2019 (Cooperative Children's Book Center)
Bank Street Best Children's Books of the Year 2019
New York Public Library Best Books for Kids 2018
Chicago Public Library Best of the Best 2018
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."
the chatty text and acrylic illustrations, which have an outsider-art
feel, are enthusiastic and engaging. Children who may have little
experience with jazz will still get a sense of its innovation and the
excitement it brought to performers and audiences alike."
"A joyful portrait of a musician who made her mark on the jazz world."
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!