April 26, 2018

The Advocate's Toolbox

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground Written by Rita Williams-Garcia Published by Amistad, 2017 ISBN 978-0-06-221691-8   Grades 3 and up   Book Review   “When, Cool Papa, when?” For young Clayton Byrd, all that matters is when he’ll get finally the chance to play a twelve-bar solo on his blues harp (harmonica) with his grandfather’s blues […]

Pick of the Day: Blues in All Flavors (CD)

Blues in All Flavors. CD. 42 min. with booklet. Prod. by Hot Toddy Music. Dist. by NewSound Kids. 2012. ISBN unavail. $14.98.
PreS-Gr 4–Blues singer Gaye Adegbalola presents an amazing collection of 13 songs on her first CD for children. Each of the songs is sung in a musical style and flavor of the blues, including jump blues with boogie-woogie, doo-wop, Chicago blues with stop time, and reggae rhythm. The songs’ topics range from getting outside in the sunshine and dancing […]