If I Only Had a Horn

By Roxanne Orgill

Reading Level: Early Elementary School
Genre: Fiction
Publisher: Houghton Mifflin Co. 1997

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The story of Louis Armstrong as a boy and how he was sent to The Colored Waif's Home, where a music teacher discovers Louis' musical talent and gives him a cornet.

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Caldecott Medal

Most distinguished American picture book for children (annually).

Coretta Scott King Award

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Golden Kite Award

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Newbery Medal

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Scott O'Dell Historical Fiction Award

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