Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in small town North Carolina, Nina Simone was a musical child. She sang before she talked and learned to play piano at a very young age. With the support of her family and community, she received music lessons that introduced her to classical composers like Bach who remained with her and influenced her music throughout her life. She loved the way his music began softly and then tumbled to thunder, like her mother's preaching, and in much the same way as her career.
During her first performances under the name of Nina Simone her voice was rich and sweet — but as the Civil Rights Movement gained steam, Nina's voice soon became a thunderous roar as she raised her voice in powerful protest in the fight against racial inequality and discrimination. This illuminating and defining picture book biography illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson, tells the story of acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy.
"In an elegantly told story, Todd interweaves Simone’s encounters with racism throughout, eventually paralleling Simone’s experiences with concurrent events during the civil rights movement.... [I]n one particularly moving series of illustrations, Robinson constructs historical scenes — Black protestors getting hosed by white cops, the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing by the KKK in Birmingham, people gathering at the Washington Monument after Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination — beneath or atop the lid of Simone’s grand piano. An engaging, affecting, and powerful biography that aptly situates Simone’s enduring legacy in musical and social history." — Publishers Weekly
|6 - 8
|Traci N. Todd
|Sep 28, 2021
|G.P. Putnam's Sons Books for Young Readers
|Coretta Scott King Award