Once upon a time, on the island of music, there was a girl who loved to drum, but only boys were allowed to become drummers. A lyrical, lushly illustrated book inspired by Millo Castro Zaldarriaga, the Chinese-African-Cuban girl who broke Cuba’s taboo on against female drummers. Margarita Engle is a Cuban-American poet and her words shine in Drum Dream Girl. Rafael Lopez won the Pura Belpré Medal for his beautiful illustrations in this book. Such a delightful read!
If you are looking for an enjoyable, quick bedtime read with delightful word play, may I suggest Charlie Parker played be bop by Chris Raschka? It’s not so much a book about jazz or Charlie Parker himself, as it is be bop in book form, full of improvisation. The syncopated rhythm of the text makes it a fun read aloud for babies on up.