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JITTERBUGS! is an exciting picture book that entertains children age 2-10 with its scat rhythm under-tone and fast-moving story about two very different bugs who triumph through their unlikely dance partnership. The story is inspired by real-life 1930s Lindy Hop dancers George Snowden (“Shorty George”) and Beatrice Gay (“Big Bea”) who used their height difference to advantage to win contests at places like the famed Savoy Ballroom in Harlem New York. This dance-along story re-casts George and Bea as adorable and engaging “Jitterbugs" and young readers are prompted to dance along with a few of the bugs' signature steps. The book is written and illustrated by two Chicago area Teaching Artists who have spent years visiting schools to share their art forms of dance and visual art. They are excited to be collaborating on this book as yet another way to engage children in the arts.


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book themes

  • Celebrates UNIQUENESS
  • Engages KINESTHETIC learners in literature
  • Promotes active play between PARENT & CHILD
  • Encourages self-discovery through the ARTS: visual, music, dance
  • Brings AMERICAN HISTORY to life


JITTERBUGS! book is here. Read a review and place your order today.

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