RESPECT: Aretha Franklin, the Queen of Soul
Aretha Franklin was born to sing. The daughter of a pastor and a gospel singer, her musical talent was clear from her earliest days in her father’s Detroit church where her soaring voice spanned more than three octaves.
Her string of hit songs earned her the title “the Queen of Soul,” multiple Grammy Awards, and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But Aretha didn’t just raise her voice in song, she also spoke out against injustice and fought for civil rights.
This authoritative, rhythmic, Coretta Scott King Illustration Award–winning picture book biography will captivate young readers with Aretha’s inspiring story.
The author's note in the back of the book tells more of Franklin's story, including how she was not just an artist, but an activist, using her musical abilities to perform at benefit concerts to support the civil rights movement in the 1960s, as well as donating funds to bail protesters out of jail. She had a fear of flying. She recorded her first album at age fourteen and landed a contact with Columbia Records at eighteen. The book did a nice job engaging young readers in some of the more focal points of her life, saving the information in the author's note till the end to ensure they remained interested enough to lead themselves to that point. It also lists some of Franklin's biggest hits, making it so readers can dive into her work, whether they search for it on YouTube or a music streaming service.