05: The Music Issue

There are lots of things that tear us apart these days, but music has always had the power to bring us together.

 For: Girls, 5 to 12, who love to sing and dance and play

Highlights: Master some new dance moves; write a song with a step-by-step tutorial; make a zine; listen to the music of space; hear about how whales, elephants and birds their own melodies; see sound with a clever experiment; go on a sound scavenger hunt; learn to jazz scat; read a comic about singing spy Josephine Baker and a short story about two sisters who discover they have more in common than they realized. Plus: game, activities, puzzles and more.

Featured experts: ballerina Misty Copeland, folksinger Ani DiFranco, jazz singer Lea DeLaria, tap dancer Michelle Dorrance, breakdancer Rokafella, original Riot Grrrl Kathleen Hanna, biomusicologist Patricia Gray, astrophysicist Janna Levin, physicist Shubha Tewari, sound researcher Barbara Shinn-Cunningham, artist Beatriz Milhazes, American sign language-certified music interpreter Amber Galloway Gallego

Short story contributor: New York Times best-selling author Emma Straub

Comic contributor: GLAAD Media Award winner Alitha E. Martinez

Specs: 56 full-color pages

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