King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin

by Stephen Costanza (Author) Stephen Costanza (Illustrator)

King of Ragtime: The Story of Scott Joplin
Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade
A stunning, rhythmic picture book biography of African American composer Scott Joplin, whose ragtime music paved the way for jazz. There was something special about Scott Joplin... This quiet kid could make a piano laugh out loud. Scott, the son of a man who had been enslaved, became a king--the King of Ragtime. This celebration of Scott Joplin, whose ragtime compositions paved the way for jazz, will captivate audiences and put a beat in their step, and the kaleidoscope-like illustrations will draw young readers in again and again.

Stephen Costanza
Stephen Costanza has illustrated and written several books for children, including three about music, Mozart Finds a Melody, Vivaldi and the Invisible Orchestra, and King of Ragtime. He studied music and composition, and for a time played piano professionally, performing both ragtime and classical music. He lives on a small island in Maine. Visit him at
Lexile Measure
Guided Reading Level
Publication date
August 20, 2021
ALSC Notable Children's Book
Selection 2022

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