|Last Stop on Market Street by Matt de la Peña (author) and Christian Robinson (illustrator)
See more of Matt de la Peña’s beautiful story with this animated readalong version.
|Drum Dream Girl by Margarita Engle (author) and Rafael López (illustrator)
Girls cannot be drummers. Long ago on an island filled with music, no one questioned that rule-until the drum dream girl. In her city of drumbeats, she dreamed of pounding tall congas and tapping small bongós. She had to keep quiet. She had to practice in secret. But when at last her dream-bright music was heard, everyone sang and danced and decided that both girls and boys should be free to drum and dream.
|A Dance Like Starlight by Kristy Dempsey (author) and Floyd Cooper (illustrator)
Little ballerinas have big dreams. Dreams of pirouettes and grande jetes, dreams of attending the best ballet schools and of dancing starring roles on stage. But in Harlem in the 1950s, dreams don't always come true - they take a lot of work and a lot of hope.
|Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews (author) and Bryan Collier (illustrator)
Hailing from the Treme neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy Trombone Shorty Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest.
|The Man with the Violin by Kathy Stinson (author) and Duan Petricic (illustrator)
Dylan is someone who notices things. His mom is someone who doesn't. So try as he might, Dylan can’t get his mom to listen to the man playing the violin in the subway station. But Dylan is swept away by the soaring and swooping notes that fill the air as crowds of oblivious people rush by. With the beautiful music in his head all day long, Dylan can’t forget the violinist, and finally succeeds in making his mother stop and listen, too.
|The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds (author, illustrator)
The Dot is a charming invitation to self-expression. Vashti thinks she can't draw. No, Vashti KNOWS she can't draw! To prove her point, she jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti's journey of surprise and self-discovery.