Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka: A great introduction to African American history for the youngest readers

By Sarah S. Tue, February 4, 2014
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka
Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka

Looking for some great books for your children? Our children's librarians are excited to share their expert reviews with you. For this month, we focus on African American history for children. Ever heard of Charlie Parker? Read on, and then click on the book title to see if your Free Library of Philadelphia location has a copy for you.

Charlie Parker Played Be Bop by Chris Raschka

With the rhythm and playfulness of jazz music, Charlie Parker Played Be Bop hips, hops and be-bops! Perfect for toddler and preschool audiences, Raschka’s text dances along with his fun, silly illustrations. Follow the black cat, the walking overshoes, and Charlie playing his saxophone through this book that works well as an introduction to an African American music legend. Boppity, bippity, bop. BANG!

Reviewed by Sarah Stippich, Children's Librarian at the Blanche A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Library


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