Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge

Alyson Beecher over at Kid Lit Frenzy hosts a Non-fiction Picture Book Challenge and has a roundup every Wednesday. I love the encouragement to explore more non-fiction.

This week I finally got to read The Cosmobiography of Sun Ra by Chris Raschka. Wow! Sun Ra, or Herman Poole Blount as he was named at birth, was a very interesting individual. This picture book biography is a great blending of music, art, and facts about an imaginative and creative man. I was glad to find some recordings of his music online. Jazz was inventive and left a lot of room for experimentation. Sun Ra was all over that. Listen and observe in the trailer below.

I was happy to find this great article/author interview over at the Smithsonian website. I'm looking forward to sharing this bright and interesting biography with students and the art teacher.


  1. Wow! Love seeing the trailer with this. I so love Raschka's illustrations! I need to find this title!

  2. It would be such a great mentor text for a project. My class studied jazz a few years ago, and the students really loved it, despite their own popular tastes. It opened up a whole world most didn't know about. I need to get the book & share with teachers and students! Thanks, Crystal!

  3. This book was definitely different due to the subject, but Raschka did a really nice job with it! I liked listening to some of the music as I read the book!

  4. I just checked our online library database - we still don't have a copy of this one yet. :( Woe is me.