Laura Veirs

illustrated by Tatyana Fazlalizadeh

The Magnificent Musical Life of Elizabeth Cotten

This lyrical, loving picture book from popular singer-songwriter Laura Veirs and debut illustrator Tatyana Fazlalizadeh tells the story of the determined, gifted, daring Elizabeth Cotten-one of the most celebrated American folk musicians of all time.

Elizabeth Cotten was only a little girl when she picked up a guitar for the first time. It wasn't hers (it was her big brother's), and it wasn't strung right for her (she was left-handed). But she flipped that guitar upside down and backwards and taught herself how to play it anyway. By age eleven, she'd written Freight Train," one of the most famous folk songs of the twentieth century. And by the end of her life, people everywhere-from the sunny beaches of California to the rolling hills of England-knew her music.

A Junior Library Guild selection

★ "The message of never giving up on a dream, no matter the circumstances, will resonate deeply with readers-purchase for all picture book biography collections." - School Library Journal, starred review

★ "An inspiring tale of an artist." - Kirkus Reviews, starred review

★ "Elegant and moving."- Publishers Weekly, starred review"

Laura Veirs is a singer-songwriter and longtime fan of Elizabeth Cotten. This is her first picture book. She lives in Portland, Oregon.

Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is based in Brooklyn, New York, and is an artist and activist. This is her first picture book.