Books by Keith Mallett

SING A SONG by Kelly Starling Lyons
CHILDREN'S
Released: Aug. 6, 2019

"A beautiful celebration of a song that continues to give life to African Americans. (Picture book. 4-8)"
"Before you were born, a girl learned a song"—so begins the story of how "Lift Every Voice" takes root in a young African American girl's heart and becomes a source of fortitude for her and her descendants, who continue learning, singing, and passing the song along. Read full book review >
SONNY'S BRIDGE by Barry Wittenstein
CHILDREN'S
Released: May 21, 2019

"Opens the door for further exploration of both man and music. (Picture book/biography. 3-9)"
An appropriately jazzy picture-book biography of African-American musician Sonny Rollins. Read full book review >
TAKE A PICTURE OF ME, JAMES VANDERZEE by Andrea J. Loney
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 1, 2017

"A fascinating look at the development of early photography, the life of an African-American artist, and the world of the Harlem Renaissance. (Picture book/biography. 6-10)"
It happened with a click! Read full book review >
HOW JELLY ROLL MORTON INVENTED JAZZ by Jonah Winter
CHILDREN'S
Released: June 16, 2015

"Morton's seminal role in jazz deserves both celebration and elucidation; this disjointed treatment mainly accomplishes the former. (author's note, recommended listening, bibliography) (Picture book/biography. 5-10)"
Winter offers a speculative look at the life and musical career of jazz innovator Jelly Roll Morton. Read full book review >