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Rachel Himes

Biography

Rachel Himes

Rachel Himes is a museum educator, author and illustrator. Her debut picture book, PRINCESS AND THE PEAS, puts a modern African American spin on the classic fairy tale. In STRUTTIN' WITH SOME BARBECUE, Rachel conveys Lil's energy and verve through acrylic and collage illustrations inspired by period art and music.

Rachel Himes

Books by Rachel Himes

written by Patricia Hruby Powell with illustrations by Rachel Himes - Biography, Children's 9-12, Children's Nonfiction, History, Music, Nonfiction, Women's History

This is the true story of Lil Hardin Armstrong: pianist, composer and bandleader in the early days of jazz. Ahead of her time, Lil made a career for herself --- and for Louis Armstrong, her modest, unassuming husband. Louis might never have become the groundbreaking jazz player he was, if it hadn't been for Lil. Scat-inspired verse celebrates how Lil overcame race and gender barriers to become the first lady of the Chicago jazz scene.