Oscar Lives Next Door: A Story Inspired by Oscar Peterson's Childhood

A fictional story based on the real-life childhood of Oscar Peterson, a jazz pianist raised in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood in Montreal in the 1930s, “Oscar Lives Next Door” is a story about Oscar and his neighbour Millie and the friendship they form. Highlighting Canadian jazz and Black history in Canada, this story—told from Millie’s perspective—is not only about jazz music, but also about resilience and racism. Suitable for a Grade 2–5 classroom, this book can inspire discussions about perseverance and segue into learning about Peterson’s story, the history of jazz music and the Black working-class experience in Canada.
Black History
jazz music
Farmer, B.
Primary Identifier
Arts Education