When Marian Sang

By Pam Muñoz Ryan
Illustrated by Brian Selznick
Published by Scholastic Press, 2002
Marian Anderson was a world-renowned singer in her heyday– but she wasn’t always that way. Struggling to become a singer during the time of the civil rights movement, segregation and prejudice, Anderson’s voice wasn’t always enough to get her through. This true story about a cornerstone of 20th Century music tells a tale of tenacity and hope.
Great biographical sketch of an African American singer for young researchers for late elementary and middle grades.
Awards: Sibert Honor Winner, ALA Notable Picture Book
Amos & Boris is a 1971 New York Times Book Review Best Illustrated Book of the Year, Notable Children’s Book of the Year, and Out

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