Suggested Reading 2018-05-24T15:02:36+00:00

Recommended Reading

These lists were curated from our collection by staff and the Collaborative Summer Library Program. They highlight books where music plays a vital role in the story. The titles include musicians, singers, and other protagonists who express themselves through the music they love. Click the blue heading for more titles!

Music Inspired Young Adult Fiction

  • The Haters by Jesse Andrews A road trip adventure about a trio of jazz-camp escapees who, against every realistic expectation, become a band.
  • Wise Young Fool by Sean Beaudoin A teenaged guitarist in a rock band deals with loss and anger as he relates the events that landed him […]

Music Inspired Picture Books

  • Trombone Shorty by Troy Andrews Hailing from the Treme neighborhood of New Orleans, where music always floated in the air, Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews didn’t always have the money to buy an instrument, but he did have the dream to play music. This is the story of how he […]

Music Inspired Non-Fiction

  • Country: The Music and the Musicians: From the Beginnings to the 90s
  • The Rolling Stone Illustrated History of Rock & Roll
  • Singa Hipsy Doodle and Other Folk Songs of West Virginia by Marie Boette
  • Punk: The Illustrated History of a Music Revolution by Adrian Boot
  • Rock and Roll Stories […]

Music Inspired Juvenile Fiction

  • Bud, Not Buddy by Christopher Paul Curtis Ten-year-old Bud, a motherless boy living in Flint, Michigan, during the Great Depression, escapes a bad foster home and sets out in search of the man he believes to be his father–the renowned bandleader, H.E. Calloway of Grand Rapids.
  • Five, Six, Seven, […]

Music Inspired Fiction

  • Nashville Chrome by Rick Bass (LP) Maxine, Bonnie, and Jim Ed Brown are a family act with a hit record sitting atop 1959’s country music charts. The world at their feet, lives of success seem to spread out before them like an unending highway. But celebrity has its price, […]

Music Inspired Board Books

  • Wee Sing & Learn Bugs by Pamela Conn Beall Children can read and sing along with lovable hosts, such as the ladybug and inchworm, as they lead the way through a musical adventure that teaches about all kinds of bugs as it entertains. book and a 20-minute cassette tape […]