It’s Summer and We’re Ready to Sing The Blues

Summer is just around the corner and if your kids are anything like mine, they are counting the hours till summer vacation begins. Summer means more baseball games and beach days and it also means more street festivals and live music, including the largest music festival in town, Chicago's Blues Fest. Doubt that the Blues Fest is a place for kids? Think again! This legendary fest will have little ones dancing in no time and teens will be creating playlists with B.B. King, Irma Thomas and Chicago's "Blues Superman," Jeremiah Rogers. 

Here are some soulful books to get the whole family in the mood!

The life of the "father of Chicago blues," Muddy Waters, jumps off the pages in the vibrant picture book, Muddy. It follows the musician from the fields of Mississippi to the streets of Chicago and includes a fantastic play list.

Debates about the king of rock and roll are many, but the queen of rock and roll is undoubtedly the fierce guitarist, Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Kids will dig the book and this thrilling video from 1964 will blow everyone's mind. 

Music fans will definitely know the name Louis Armstrong, but very few know about his wife, Lil Hardin Armstrong, or "Hot Miss Lil." Born to Swing showcases Lil's story as a piano player, composer and jazz pioneer.

Award-winning author Rita Williams-Garcia captures the essence of Blues music in Clayton Byrd Goes Underground, a short chapter book that combines family relationships, grief and music. 

Not feeling the blues? Then check out these musical concerts and summer events and tell us what concert is on your summer bucket list!

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