The Blue's Parade
Harnessing all the energy of its global premiere as the centerpiece of the Chicago Public Library's 2020 African American History Month festivities, The Blues Parade will wake you up and shake you up as only the Blues can. With the rollin', rhymin' spirit of a thousand songs, The Blues Parade descends from the sky and down onto Main Street, leading best pals Pork Chop and One-Nose Willie on a journey of discovery from the Mighty Tribes of Africa to the British Invasion and beyond in a celebration of the legends, lore and language of the music that rose from the cottonfields to become America's most resonant artform. Presented in authentic Blues verse and dazzling color by Muddy Waters' Grammy-winning songwriter, The Blues Parade is a wild and whimsical wonder, wrapping kids of all ages in the magic of Koko Taylor, Howlin' Wolf, Lightnin' Hopkins, Taj Mahal, Bonnie Raitt and dozens of the artists who will live forever as the bricks in the foundation of the music that changed the world. Already hailed as a teaching tool, The Blues Parade marks the first time in the history of kids' literature that Rosa Parks, Memphis Minnie, LGBTQ families, Thurgood Marshall, Chuck Berry and the Memphis Sanitation Workers have all been honored in the same book. The rhythm and the rhymes make this a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for families and classrooms to share a story that can't be forgotten....because we are livin' it every day. The more you discover in the pages of The Blues Parade, the more you'll want to dive in to our back-of-the-book and online study guides, whether it's making up a Blues name all your own, or finding your own personal hero, be it Robert Johnson, Medgar Evers or Furry Lewis.