A History of Music for Children takes readers on a musical journey around the world to meet a diverse cast of composers, musicians and performers. From Bach to Billie Eilish, Mozart to Miriam Makeba, the music makers in this book are connected by a love of creating and performing music. Tackling big questions including What is music? and Why do we make it?, it looks beyond the Western canon and explores the many exciting ways that music is composed, improvised, listened to, recorded, and passed on from generation to generation.
Includes an online playlist organized by chapter that children can listen to as they read
'So inspired and patiently crafted, with such a beautiful palette. When I read it, it was as if I was transported to my childhood - miraculous. These days, at the push of a button one can reference all these amazing artistes, which will open the door to worlds of music that seep deep into the soul, and our personal shambhala. This book really is a beautiful gift and a work of art'
'An amazing history of music, really brought to life by the illustrations and diverse examples!'
Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip
'Hurrah! An eminently readable, resolutely unsoppy guide to the exciting, often cryptic world of music. Rose Blake’s characteristically witty and saucy illustrations throughout will delight her fans of all ages'
'The magical story of music presented as one glorious, boundary-free jumble of creation where Mozart, DJ Kool Herc and 12th-century choral works feature on the same page. Enthralling, inspiring, boldly original and with the funniest and most charming illustrations'
Mark Ellen, music writer and broadcaster