Sunday, April 29, 2007

Book with Deaf characters Honored by ALA

The American Library Association honored Pete Seeger, Paul DuBois Jacobs, and R. Gregory Christie for embodying "the artistic expression of the disability experience" in a book called The Deaf Musicians (2006).

The main character Lee is a jazzman who plays piano. His bandleader lets him go when Lee loses his hearing. He attends a school for the deaf to learn sign language where he meets Max, who plays the saxophone. While discussing their musical interests, a bass player named Rose joins in and they soon make-up a band and begin performing for audiences in the subway.

The book demonstrates the power of music and overcoming obstacles. The two most prestigious awards for American children's books include the Newbery Medal the Caldecott Medal. For more information, visit

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