Ray Charles

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Lee & Low Books
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8.56 X 10.31 X 0.18 inches | 0.35 pounds

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About the Author

Sharon Bell Mathis has won numerous awards for her many children's books, including the 1974 Coretta Scott King Author Award for Ray Charles. Some of her most enduring books include The Hundred-Penny Box, a Newbery Honor Book, and Teacup Full of Roses, an ALA Notable Book. A full-time writer, Mathis lives in Ft. Washington, Maryland.

George Ford is an award-winning artist who has illustrated dozens of children's books, including several by noted authors such as Nikki Grimes, Eloise Greenfield, Nikki Giovanni, and Robert Coles. In 1974, he was the recipient of the first Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award for Ray Charles. A lifelong jazz enthusiast, Ford lives in Brooklyn, New York, with his wife.


Winner of both the Coretta Scott King Author Award and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, Ray Charles by Sharon Bell Mathis, illus. by George Ford, originally published in 1973, traces the star's surmounting of incredible obstacles to become one of the world's greatest jazz musicians. Ford's illustrations capture every emotional nuance, from Ray's disappointment at being tricked by classmates as a child, to his strength as a man, refusing to perform to segregated audiences. -- Publishers Weekly

The music of Ray Charles 'tells about love and pain and joy and trouble' and so do the events of his life... [This] biography ... details the heroism in Ray Charles' life. -- The Horn Book

Ford's illustrations in black acrylic and India ink contain the same passion and energy Charles exemplifies. -- Library Talk

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award, American Library Association (ALA)
Choices, Cooperative Children's Book Center (CCBC)
Storytelling World Honor Award, Storytelling World