Todd Elementary

Middle School

High School




Duke Ellington: The Piano Prince and His Orchestra


This stunning picture book biography is about one of the greatest composers of the twentieth century, the king of the keys and jazz legend, Duke Ellington. As a child, he said piano made an umpy-dump sound that was headed nowhere worth following. But, years later, he heard the piano played a whole new way. People called the music “ragtime,” and soon the sound had Duke’s fingers riding the piano keys.

  • Written by Andrea Davis Pinkney
  • Illustrated by Brian Pinkney
  • Caldecott Honor, Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor
  • Paperback
  • Includes Brian Pinkney autographed bookplate
  • Please pick the Grade and Teacher of your student for book delivery.