Young John Coltrane was all ears. And there was a lot to hear
growing up in the South in the 1930s: preachers praying, music on
the radio, the bustling of the household. These vivid noises shaped
John's own sound as a musician. Carole Boston Weatherford and Sean
Qualls have composed an amazingly rich hymn to the childhood
of jazz legend John Coltrane.
Before John Was a Jazz Giant is a 2009 Coretta Scott
King Illustrator Honor Book and a 2009 Bank Street - Best
Children''s Book of the Year.