When Bob Met Woody: The Story of Young Bob Dylan
by Gary Golio;
illustrated by Marc Burckhardt
Little, Brown and Co., $17.99
What it's about: This short but sweet biography of the early years of Bob Zimmerman traces his boyhood in Minnesota, where he taught himself to play the guitar and piano, and talked about becoming a musician, even though no one in his family supported him, and his peers were all destined to become miners or small-business owners. He often felt like an outsider -- he was also one of the few Jews in his town. Bob listened to the radio, played in a band, went off to college and eventually found himself appearing in coffeehouses using the name Bob Dylan. He became a huge fan of Woody Guthrie, and when he heard Guthrie was ill, Dylan, then 19, traveled to New York City to visit Guthrie in the hospital. His life changed because of this friendship -- Guthrie introduced him to world-famous musicians and encouraged the young man to follow his dreams.
Why read it: If you're a fan of Bob Dylan, this is a great way to introduce your child to the musician, too. But it's also just a good story about facing adversity, believing in yourself and following your heart, something every kid can relate to.
-- Catherine Mallette