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Frank Morrison

Biography

Frank Morrison

Frank Morrison is the illustrator of several award-winning books published by Lee & Low Books. He has also received the Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe Award for New Talent in Illustration for JAZZY MIZ MOZETA. His artwork is included in many private collections, including those of Bill Cosby and Maya Angelou. Morrison lives with his family in Hampton, Georgia. To find out more about Frank Morrison, visit his Web site: www.morrisongraphics.com

Frank Morrison

Books by Frank Morrison

Written by Rita Williams-Garcia with illustrations by Frank Morrison - Children's 8-12, Fiction, Prejudice , Racism
Clayton feels most alive when he’s with his grandfather, Cool Papa Byrd, and the band of Bluesmen --- he can’t wait to join them, just as soon as he has a blues song of his own. But then the unthinkable happens. Cool Papa Byrd dies, and Clayton’s mother forbids Clayton from playing the blues. And Clayton knows that’s no way to live. Armed with his grandfather’s brown porkpie hat and his harmonica, he runs away from home in search of the Bluesmen, hoping he can join them on the road. 
by Melba Pattillo Beals and Frank Morrison - African American Interest, Autobiography, Children's 10+, Coming of Age, History, Human Rights, Racism

Long before she was one of the Little Rock Nine, Melba Pattillo Beals was a warrior. Frustrated by the laws that kept African-Americans separate but very much unequal to whites, she had questions. Why couldn’t she drink from a "whites only" fountain? Why couldn’t she feel safe beyond home --- or even within the walls of church?  Adults all told her: Hold your tongue. Be patient. Know your place. But Beals had the heart of a fighter --- and the knowledge that her true place was a free one.

Written by Fracaswell Hyman with illustrations by Frank Morrison - Children's 9-13, Fiction, Friendship

When seventh-grader Mango Delight Fuller accidentally breaks her BFF Brooklyn’s new cell phone, her life falls apart. She loses her friends and her spot on the track team, and even costs her father his job as a chef. But Brooklyn’s planned revenge --- sneakily signing up Mango to audition for the school musical --- backfires when Mango not only wins the lead role, but becomes a YouTube sensation and attracts the attention of the school’s queen bee, Hailey Jo. Hailey Jo is from a VERY wealthy family, and expects everyone to do her bidding. Soon Mango finds herself forced to make tough choices.

by Gene Barretta and Frank Morrison - Children's 4-8, Nonfiction, Sports

In this picture book biography of Muhammad Ali, author Gene Barretta and illustrator Frank Morrison tell the unforgettable childhood story of this legendary boxing champion and how one pivotal moment set him on his path to become the Greatest of All Time.

Written by Pat Zietlow Miller with illustrations by Frank Morrison - Children's 5-8, Family, Prejudice , Racism

It's the day before the big parade. Alta can only think about one thing: Wilma Rudolph, three-time Olympic gold medalist. She'll be riding on a float tomorrow. See, Alta is the quickest kid in Clarksville, Tennessee, just like Wilma once was. It doesn't matter that Alta's shoes have holes because Wilma came from hard times, too. But what happens when a new girl with shiny new shoes comes along and challenges Alta to a race? Will she still be the quickest kid? THE QUICKEST KIDS IN CLARKSVILLE is a timeless story of dreams, determination and the power of friendship.

by Katheryn Russell-Brown and Frank Morrison - Biography, Children's, Children's Nonfiction, History, Music, Nonfiction, Performing Arts, Picture

Melba Doretta Liston loved the sounds of music from as far back as she could remember. As a child, she daydreamed about beats and lyrics, and hummed along with the music from her family s Majestic radio. At age seven, Melba fell in love with a big, shiny trombone, and soon taught herself to play the instrument. By the time she was a teenager, Melba s extraordinary gift for music led her to the world of jazz. She joined a band led by trumpet player Gerald Wilson and toured the country. Overcoming obstacles of race and gender, Melba went on to become a famed trombone player and arranger, spinning rhythms, harmonies, and melodies into gorgeous songs for all the jazz greats of the twentieth century: Randy Weston, Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Billie Holiday, and Quincy Jones, to name just a few. Brimming with ebullience and the joy of making music, LITTLE MELBA AND HER BIG TROMBONE is a fitting tribute to a trailblazing musician and a great unsung hero of jazz.