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Children's Nonfiction Music

Kid Musicians

True Tales of Childhood from Entertainers, Songwriters, and Stars

by (author) Robin Stevenson

illustrated by Allison Steinfeld

Publisher
Quirk Books
Initial publish date
Nov 2024
Category
Music, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, General
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9781683693918
    Publish Date
    Nov 2024
    List Price
    $19.99

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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7

Description

Inspiring, relatable, and totally true biographies tell the childhood stories of a diverse group of musicians, including Taylor Swift, Louis Armstrong, Harry Styles, Mariah Carey, Yo-Yo Ma, Paul McCartney, and 10 other influential performers.

Every great musician started out as a kid—and many discovered their love of music early on. Whether they became world-famous pop stars, groundbreaking jazz artists, or award-winning songwriters, these musicians pushed boundaries and left their mark. In Kid Musicians, tune in to the childhood stories of musical legends such as:

  • Beyoncé, who used to play truth or dare in the middle of the night with the rest of her music group.
  • Dolly Parton, who sometimes made up her own title, author, and story when she had to give a book report in class.
  • Prince, who would rush home after school to watch Superman on TV.
  • Taylor Swift, who grew up on a Christmas tree farm!

Featuring kid-friendly text and full-color illustrations, Kid Musicians highlights renowned musicians who have made an impact on the world of music.

About the authors

Robin Stevenson is the award-winning author of more than 25 books for kids and teens, including the board book Pride Colors, the picture book Ghost’s Journey: A Refugee Story and the nonfiction books Kid Activists and Pride: The Celebration and the Struggle. The first edition of her nonfiction book Pride: Celebrating Diversity & Community (2016) won a Stonewall Honor and was shortlisted for numerous other awards. Robin lives in Victoria, British Columbia, where she attends Pride celebrations with her family every year, but always leaves her dog safely at home.

 

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Editorial Reviews

Praise for the Kid Legends series:
“Telling the true stories of famous people’s childhoods, this book inspires kids to think big and humanizes historical figures in a new and fresh way.”—CNN Underscored, on Kid Innovators by Robin Stevenson

“These reads aren’t just educational, they’re inspiring – they remind us all that we’re never too young to start dreaming! Plus – they’re a great resource for school projects!”—YAYOMG.com, on Kid Innovators by Robin Stevenson

“Kids will be drawn in.”—Chicago Parent, on Kid Activists by Robin Stevenson

“The vivid details of each activist's story, combined with vibrant illustrations, demonstrate that every civil rights hero and popular firebrand started out as children, just like the rest of us.”—School Library Journal, on Kid Activists by Robin Stevenson

“A great way to encourage kids who already love science to pursue their interests as well as to show kids who are not motivated by traditional schooling that there are many paths to greatness.”—American Scientist Magazine, on Kid Scientists by David Stabler

“Illustrate[s] a wide variety of early influences and backgrounds, proving to kids that where they come from isn't important when fixing something that is.”—Terri Schlichenmeyer, The Bookworm Sez, on Kid Activists by Robin Stevenson

“Outstanding... Inspiring and entertaining.”—Booklist, starred review, on Kid Athletes by David Stabler

“A heartening reminder that 17 unconventional greats—not to mention all the rest—started out as children too.”—Kirkus Reviews, on Kid Artists by David Stabler

“Just like history class, only hilarious.”—Tim Federle, author of Better Nate Than Ever, on Kid Presidents by David Stabler

“Full of real information, but the author made it fun and funny.”—Michael, age 9, on Kid Authors by David Stabler

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