Buddy: The Story of Buddy Holly

Illustrated by Kurt Cyrus
Paula Wiseman Books/Simon & Schuster Books for Young Readers
ISBN 978-0689866674

A time or two ago, out West Texas way, a boy named Charles Hardin Holley was born. He was named after his granddaddy Charles and his granddaddy Hardin. But his mama called him Buddy.

That Buddy could shoot marbles with the best, hit homers in the red dirt, and pelt cans with his slingshot. But come sixth grade, when Buddy met up with a guitar, he never let it go. And later, when Buddy heard a new sound—part country, part gospel, and part blues, he got fired up.

It was the birth of rock ‘n’ roll.

Ages 5-9. 


  • June Franklin Naylor Award 2005
  • IRA Children’s Book Notable Award for 2006
  • Bank Street Best Books of the Year selection
  • Triple Crown National Award (Children’s Gallery) nominee for 2006-2007
  • Teddy Children’s Book Award Finalist 2005