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Before John Was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane
Painting of a young boy holding a saxophone
Author Carole Boston Weatherford
Illustrator Sean Qualls
Country United States
Language English
Genre Children's literature
Published 2008 Henry Holt
Media type Picture book (hardcover)
Pages 32
ISBN 978-0805079944

Before John was a Jazz Giant: A Song of John Coltrane is a children’s picture book by American author and critic Carole Boston Weatherford. It tells the story of a young John Coltrane growing up in the South in the 1930s. The book, published by Henry Holt in 2008, was illustrated by Sean Qualls.


  • Coretta Scott King Honor, Illustrator (2009)
  • American Library Association Notable Children's Books (2009)
  • NCSS-CBC Notable Trade Book in the Field of Social Studies (2009)
  • CPL: Chicago Public Library Best of the Best (2009)
  • Michigan Great Lakes Great Books Award Master List (2009)
  • Golden Kite Honor Book, CCBC Choice (Univ. of WI) (2009)
  • Bank Street Best Children's Book of the Year (2009)
  • GA Picture Storybook Award ML (2012–2013)
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