The Weekly 411 (3/24/23)
|© Jenny Alvarado
March 24, 2023 vol. 12
About the Author: Noa Nimrodi is an Israeli-American author/illustrator living near the Pacific Ocean in Southern California. As a designer, Noa worked on displays in bookshops and gravitated most to children’s books, sparking her passion to create her own. Two of her Hebrew-language picture books, have been published in Israel.
NOT SO SHY, her debut Middle Grade novel, will be out from Kar-Ben publishing in April 2023.
About the Book: On shelves just in time for Jazz Appreciation Month, The Story of the Saxophone unravels the fascinating story of how a once reviled instrument was transported across Europe and Mexico to New Orleans. Deftly retold by Coretta Scott King Honoree Cline-Ransome, this account is paired with the gorgeous artwork of NAACP Image Award winner Ransome, including an attention-grabbing poster of iconic jazz musicians you can find inside the book jacket. The two worked with ethnomusicologist and Saxophone expert Whitney Slaten, who made his extensive saxophone collection available toRansome to draw.
About the Author: Lesa Cline-Ransome’s novel Finding Langston won a Coretta Scott King Honor Award and the Scott O’Dell Award for Historical Fiction. Before She Was Harriet, illustrated by James E. Ransome, won the Christopher Award and was a Jane Addams Honor Book. Her many other books include Benny Goodman & Teddy Wilson: Taking the Stage as the First Black-and-White Jazz Band in History. She lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.
About the Illustrator: James E. Ransome won a Coretta Scott King Medal for The Creation by James Weldon Johnson, and three Coretta Scott King Honor Awards, including one for Before She Was Harriet by his wife Lesa Cline-Ransome. His collaborations with his wife also include Just a Lucky So and So: The Story of Louis Armstrong. He lives in Rhinebeck, New York.