EXCITING NEWS!
My newest book--about the great jazz legend--is here!
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GARY GOLIO
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When Bob Met Woody
The Story of the Young Bob Dylan
(Little, Brown)
Many thanks to everyone for JIMI's great success!
JIMI: Sounds Like A Rainbow
A Story of the Young Jimi Hendrix
(Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
"Golio produces another sensitively written, meticulously researched picture biography,
this time capturing the intense ambition of the young Bob Dylan."
Kirkus Reviews

"Golio excels at portraying Zimmerman's angst as he flounders for meaning and even
invents for himself a more colorful backstory. …Back matter, including quotation sources,
is superb. A stirring introduction to two music legends."
Booklist

"lyrical, plainspoken writing that echoes folk music itself"
Publisher's Weekly

Honors & Awards

2011 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Award
New York Times Bestseller
Kirkus Reviews Best Children's Books of the Year
2011 NCTE Notable Children's Book in the English Language Arts
California Reading Association’s Eureka! Nonfiction Children’s Book
New York Book Show Nonfiction Picture Book Award
New York Public Library 100 Titles for Reading and Sharing
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"Golio's lyrical text sings with delicious description"
Starred Review, School Library Journal

"Outstanding in every way"
Starred Review,
Kirkus Reviews

"Readers with hands itching for frets will be entranced"
Booklist

"Javaka Steptoe’s colorful mixed-media plywood art explodes off the page. His earthy,
psychedelic folk art matches Golio’s poetic treatment of his subject beautifully, capturing
Hendrix’s sound with arresting visuals."
The Horn Book

National Public Radio (NPR) "Weekend Edition" interview
NPR.org

JIMI author Gary Golio interviewed live on CBS-TV
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Read the NY Times Book Review, by Dylan scholar and author Sean Wilentz!
review link
Listen to an interview with BOB author Gary Golio, conducted by Markus Goldman,
maestro dj of Philly's great rock station, WMMR!
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2011 National Parenting Publications Award
2012 Children's Cooperative Book Center (CCBC) Best Books of the Year
2012 Bank Street College Best Children's Books of the Year
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"Lyrically narrated, resplendently illustrated and deeply respectful of both subject and audience."
"Golio and Gutierrez present a portrait of John Coltrane's lifelong quest to discover and share his spiritual
search through music."
starred review, Kirkus Reviews

"A well-conceived marriage of art and text breathes life and passion into this picture biography. Swirling
strokes of vibrant colors give the book an almost cinematic quality, animating Coltrane's passionate journey."
starred review, School Library Journal

"The dizzying heights and lowest moments of John Coltrane's life are portrayed with energy and care."
starred review, Publisher's Weekly
Spirit Seeker
John Coltrane's Musical Journey
(Clarion/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
From darkness to light, one man's relentless search for the Divine...
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"this is, in many ways, a spiritual biography, the story of a man who set out to speak to the souls
of his fans — and ultimately succeeded in doing so"
7 Impossible Things
"Golio’s portrayal travels into the depths of Coltrane’s addiction, and onward to his spiritual
reawakening. Gutierrez’s wildly kinetic and occasionally fantastical paintings are appropriately
heartfelt and groovy."
NY Times Book Review
Kirkus Reviews - Best Children's Book of the Year in 4 Categories!
New York Public Library's 100 Titles for Reading & Sharing
100 Magnificent Children’s Books of 2012
Children's Cooperative Book Center (CCBC) "Choices 2013" List
Bank Street College Best Children's Books of 2013
About.com - Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2012
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"This picture book pushes the boundaries of the form, in the depth and complexity of its hero, the sophisticated
imagery of its art, and the grandeur of its message."
The Boston Globe
"There have been other picture books about gifted jazz musician and composer John Coltrane that have
focused on his music or his childhood, but this one dares to take on the complexity of Coltrane’s entire life."
Horn Book