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Gary Golio


Gary Golio

Gary Golio is the author of several best-selling and award-winning musical picture-book biographies, including JIMI: SOUNDS LIKE A RAINBOW, WHEN BOB MET WOODY, AND SPIRIT SEEKER: JOHN COLTRANE’S MUSICAL JOUNREY. Gary Golio lives in Hudson Valley, New York.

Gary Golio

Books by Gary Golio

written by Gary Golio with illustrations by Ed Young - Biography, Children's 8-12, Children's Nonfiction, Humor, Performing Arts

His dad long gone and his actress mother ailing, five-year-old Charlie found himself onstage one day taking his mum’s place, singing and drawing laughs amid a shower of coins. When Charlie described a wobbly old man he saw in baggy clothes, with turned-out feet and a crooked cane, his mother found it sad, but Charlie knew that funny and sad go hand in hand. Gary Golio and Ed Young interpret Charlie Chaplin’s path from his childhood through his beginnings in silent film and the creation of his iconic Little Tramp. 

by Gary Golio and Charlotte Riley-Webb - African American Interest, Children's Nonfiction, Music
The audience was completely silent the first time Billie Holiday performed a song called "Strange Fruit." In the 1930s, Billie was known as a performer of jazz and blues music, but this song wasn't either of those things. It was a song about injustice, and it would change her life forever. Discover how two outsiders --- Billie Holiday, a young black woman raised in poverty, and Abel Meeropol, the son of Jewish immigrants --- combined their talents to create a song that challenged racism and paved the way for the Civil Rights movement.
Written by Gary Golio with illustrations by Ed Young - Fiction, Music

When sax player Charlie "Bird" Parker and trumpeter John "Dizzy" Gillespie make music together, they toss notes back and forth like a game of tag and chase each other with sounds. As Dizzy’s cheeks puff out like a frog with glasses, the two friends beep and bop and push each other to create a new kind of music --- a thrilling fast jazz full of surprises.