Troy “Trombone Shorty” Andrews has received much acclaim for his work as a musician, but now he’s being honored for something a bit different–his writing.
The popular New Orleans trombonist recently took home a Caldecott Honor for his children’s book “Trombone Shorty.” Co-written by Andrews and Bill Taylor, and illustrated by Bryan Collier, the short story covers Andrews’ life from his early days in New Orleans to his rise to international stardom.
The book was one of four that received Caldecott Honors for 2016, while the top-prize Caldecott Medal went to “Finding Winnie: The True Story of the World’s Most Famous Bear” from writer Lindsay Mattick and illustrator Sophie Blackall. The Caldecott Medal and Honors recognize the most distinguished picture books for children. The awards are given out annually by the American Library Association.
Collier, who received the Caldecott Honor along with Andrews, was also recognized with the Coretta Scott King (Illustrator) Book Award for his work on “Trombone Shorty.” The award honors outstanding African-American authors and illustrators.