Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra

By Andrea Davis Pinkney

Reading Level: Late Elementary School, Early Elementary School
Genre: Biography
Awards: Caldecott Medal,Coretta Scott King Award
Publisher: Hyperion Books for Children 1998

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A brief picture book on the career of this jazz musician and composer who, along with his orchestra, created music that was beyond category.

Award Key

Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

Distinguished books by authors and illustrators of African descent which promote an understanding and appreciation of the American dream (annually).

Golden Kite Award

Outstanding examples of text, illustration, fiction and nonfiction (four awards annually).

Newbery Medal

Most distinguished contribution to American literature for children (annually).

Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

Outstanding work of historical fiction published by a U.S. publisher set in the New World.