A picture book review by Jean Matthew Hall featuring a 2018 picture book about a woman making history! Happy Women’s History Month!
Libba: The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotton is a nonfiction picture book written by Laura Veirs and illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh. It was published in 2018 by Chronicle Books.
Libba Cotton was a famous folk music composer and performer. She became a performance musician under most unlikely circumstances.
• She grew up in poverty
• She grew up as a Person of Color in the segregated South
• She was left-handed
• She was a girl
• She wasn’t well educated
But Libba persevered. She taught herself to play guitar. She never lost her love of music. It was many years before she performed on stage or became well know. But Libba made history with her passion for making music.