Traci Todd

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Perfect for new and old fans alike, this book is a really beautiful and powerful introduction to the life of Nina Simone. Traci N. Todd lyrically traces Nina’s trajectory from child piano prodigy to genre-defying artist and activist in a third person narrative, and I love its ending, wherein she inserts a tender invocation and direct address to Black children everywhere, nestled in between two em dashes: “Nina Simone sang the whole story of Black America for everyone to hear. Her voice resounded with the love, joy, and power of it all. And when she sang of Black children—you lovely, precious dreams—her voice sounded like hope.” - IT

This illuminating and defining picture book biography illustrated by Caldecott Honoree Christian Robinson, tells the story of little Eunice who grew up to become the acclaimed singer Nina Simone and her bold, defiant, and exultant legacy.

Born Eunice Kathleen Waymon in small town North Carolina, Nina Simone was a musical child. She sang before she talked and learned to play piano at a very young age. With the support of her family and community, she received music lessons that introduced her to classical composers like Bach who remained with her and influenced her music throughout her life. She loved the way his music began softly and then tumbled to thunder, like her mother's preaching, and in much the same way as her career. During her first performances under the name of Nina Simone her voice was rich and sweet but as the Civil Rights Movement gained steam, Nina's voice soon became a thunderous roar as she raised her voice in powerful protest in the fight against racial inequality and discrimination.

Hardcover || 56 pages || 8.50" x 10.50"