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Jimmy's Rhythm & Blues

Jimmy's Rhythm & Blues

The Extraordinary Life of James Baldwin

Michelle Meadows
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Celebrate James Baldwin's one-hundredth birthday anniversary with the first-ever illustrated biography of this legendary writer, orator, activist, and intellectual.

Before he became a writer, James "Jimmy" Baldwin was a young boy from Harlem, New York, who loved stories. He found joy in the rhythm of music, family, and books.

But Jimmy also found the blues, as a Black man living in America.

When he discovered the written word, he discovered true power. Writing gave him a voice. And that voice opened the world to Jimmy. From the publication of the groundbreaking collection of essays The Fire Next Time to his passionate demonstrations during the civil rights movement, Jimmy used his voice fearlessly.

Michelle Meadows, author of Brave Ballerina and Flying High, introduces young readers to the great American novelist, essayist, poet, playwright, orator, and artist James Baldwin, who, with the fire of his pen, dared a nation to dream of a more equitable world filled with love. Brought to life with warm illustrations by Jamiel Law, Jimmy's Rhythm & Blues chronicles the life of an incredible visionary who left an indelible mark on American literature and history.


Michelle Meadows is the author of Itsy Bitsy Baby Mouse, Traffic Pups, Pilot Pups, Piggies in the Kitchen, Piggies in Pajamas, Hibernation Station, and The Way the Storm Stops. She lives near the beach in Delaware.


Jamiel Law is an illustrator, problem solver, and creative thinker. He was born and raised in Sarasota, Florida. It was here where Law was exposed to the arts and the cultures behind them. He strives to make every art piece matter by taking the time to consider its meaning and importance to himself and the viewer. The goal is to create work that resonates with others and establishes a genuine connection. When not at his desk, Jamiel can be seen lounging around with his family or hooping at a local park. You can visit Jamiel at


  • Publisher: HarperCollins
  • Publish Date: January 30, 2024
  • Pages: 48
  • Dimensions: 0.0 X 0.0 X 0.0 inches | 1.1 pounds
  • Language: English
  • Type: Hardcover
  • EAN/UPC: 9780063273474
  • BISAC Categories: Biography & Autobiography - Social Activists, Biography & Autobiography - LGBT, People & Places - United States - African-American, History - United States - 20th Century, Diversity & Multicultural



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