My Family Plays Music

Coretta Scott King/​John Steptoe New Talent Award

Nominated for a Chickadee Award from the Maine Children's Choice Picture Book Project, 2004-2005.

“The multiracial family with its rainbow of skin tones is not only a lovely multicultural statement but also a vivid reflection of contemporary families and musical tastes.”
--Booklist

“More a celebration of sound than a story, this upbeat picture book explores 10 different types of music.”
--School Library Journal

“...rhythmic story...buoyant tempo.”
--Publishers Weekly



Colorfully illustrated by Elbrite Brown.


My Family Plays Music was inspired when my son, then three years old, asked me why he had a babysitter every Friday and Saturday night. He didn’t really understand when I explained that both his mom and dad played in a band on weekends, so I wrote this book to describe the joys of belonging to a musical family.

Selected Works

Award Winners
Oregon Spirit Award
Bank Street College of Education, Best Books of 2011
Bank Street College of Education Best Books of 2011
TIME magazine Best Children's Books of 2009
Anne Izard Storytellers' Choice Award 2009
Children's Choices list 2009
TIME magazine Best Children's Books of 2005
Coretta Scott King/John Steptoe New Talent Award 2004
Nevada Young Readers Award 2002
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