The story, rhythms, and passions of Lil Hardin Armstrong legendary jazz pianist, composer, bandleader and female pioneer on the music stage are captured in this first-person picture-book biography. I was born to swing, and that’s the truth. In this upbeat picture book, award-winning author Mara Rockliff brilliantly relates the words of Hot Miss Lil Hardin Armstrong, a legendary but relatively unknown jazz star. At a time when most women in music were singers, Armstrong achieved fame as a bandleader and composer and swung with early jazz greats like the trumpeter who became her husband, Louis Armstrong. Her passion for music put her at the front and center of big bands, and led her to Paris where le jazz hot was all the rage. This biography of a groundbreaking female artist includes an author’s note, a timeline, a partial discography, a bibliography, and archival images.