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Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

by Andrea Davis Pinkney

A brief picture book on the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.  

  • Topics African American History,
    20th-Century History
  • Age Groups Early Elementary: K-3, Late Elementary: 4-6
  • Book Type Nonfiction
  • Awards Caldecott Medal, Coretta Scott King Award
  • Publisher Hyperion Books for Children, 1998, New York, NY
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Award Key

Caldecott Medal
Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).
Newberry Medal
Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).
Coretta Scott King Award
Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).
Golden Kite Award
Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).
Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award
Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.


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