Parents need to know that Andrea J. Loney's Double Bass Blues, illustrated by Rudy Gutierrez, won a 2020 Caldecott Honor. It's a sparely worded, sound-heavy, boldly colored picture book that speaks volumes. Nic, a talented young double bass player has a long, rough, commute from his suburban school, where he's admired for his musicianship, back into the city, where he lives and his granddaddy waits. Nic's determination, grace, and, ultimately, joy, as expressed in the immersive art, will engage readers of all ages. Nic's classmates are racially and gender diverse, though the SUVs lined up on the road outside school suggests a lack of economic diversity. Background characters on his journey home are also a mixed crowd, while Nic, his grandfather, and the grandfather's friends are all Black. The language is very mild, with some teasing, and a bully calls Nic a "chump." With its expansive pictures, accessible text, and affirming messages, this is a book young kids will enjoy.