Becoming Billie Holiday
Publication Date: October 2008
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Before the legend of Billie Holiday, there was a girl named Eleanora. In 1915, Sadie Fagan gave birth to a daughter she named Eleanora. The world, however, would know her as Billie Holiday, possibly the greatest jazz singer of all time. Eleanora's journey into legend took her through pain, poverty, and run-ins with the law. By the time she was fifteen, she knew she possessed something that could possibly change her life--a voice. Eleanora could sing. Her remarkable voice led her to a place in the spotlight with some of the era's hottest big bands. Billie Holiday sang as if she had lived each lyric, and in many ways she had. Through a sequence of raw and poignant poems, award-winning poet Carole Boston Weatherford chronicles Eleanora Fagan's metamorphosis into Billie Holiday. The author examines the singer's young life, her fight for survival, and the dream she pursued with passion in this Coretta Scott King Author Honor winner. With stunning art by Floyd Cooper, this book provides a revealing look at a cultural icon.
About the AuthorCarole Boston Weatherford is the author of Obama: Only in America; First Pooch: The Obamas Pick a Pet; and Racing Against the Odds: The Story of Wendell Scott, Stock Car Racing's African-American Champion. She is also the author of other biographies about prominent African-American figures. A Fayetteville State University professor, Carole lives with her husband, son, and daughter in High Point, North Carolina.
Award-winning author and illustrator Floyd Cooper is the illustrator of over ninety childrens books. He has received the Coretta Scott King Honor Award three times and the Coretta Scott King Award for Illustration in 2009 for The Blacker the Berry. From the Land of Milk and Honey was nominated for a 2013 NAACP IMAGE AWARD for literature, and These Hands was awarded the 2012 Sankei Award in Japan for outstanding illustration. Floyd travels extensively, sharing his talents in schools and conferences across America. He currently resides in Easton, Pennsylvania, with his wife, Velma, and two sons, Dayton and Kai.