Art

BIOGRAPHIES

Self-Portrait

Yolen, Jane and J. Patrick Lewis. Self-Portrait with Seven Fingers: The Life of Marc Chagall in Verse. Mankato, MN: Creative Paperbacks, 2013.
Imaginative poems and explanatory paragraphs accompany illustrations of the artist’s works.

Dreamer from the Village

Markel, Michelle. Dreamer from the Village: the Story of Marc Chagall. New York: Henry Holt and Co., 2005.

Greenfield, Howard. Marc Chagall. New York: Harry N. Abrams, Inc. 1990.
“Examines the life and work of the painter whose Russian Jewish background did not prevent him from making an international search for his own ways of expression.” – WAFMS. Recommended for readers twelve-years-old and up.

Hong, Chen Jiang. Mao and Me. Enchanted Lion Books, 2008.
Writer and artist Chen Jiang Hong tells the story of his Chinese childhood during  the 1960s. The finely detailed pen-and-ink and paint illustrations add emotional power to a quiet, understated memoir of the upheaval created by the Cultural Revolution.

Noisy Paint Box

Rosenstock, Barb. The Noisy Paint Box: the Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art. New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2014.

A Caldecott Celebration

Marcus, Leonard S. A Caldecott Celebration: Seven Artists and their Paths to the Caldecott Medal. New York: Walker & Co., 2008.
Profiles six Caldecott  award winning books and their authors, including Robert McCloskey’s “Make Way for Ducklings,” Marcia Brown’s “Cinderella,” Maurice Sendak’s “Where the Wild Things Are,” William Steig’s “Sylvester and the Magic Pebble,” Chris Van Allsburg’s “Jumanji,” and David Wiesner’s “Tuesday.” – CIP. 

Le Tord, Bijou. A Bird or Two: a Story about Henri Matisse. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Books for Young Readers, 1999.

Colorful Dreamer

Parker, Marjorie Blain. Colorful dreamer : the story of artist Henri Matisse. New York: Dial Books For Young Readers, 2012.

Who Was Monet?

Waldron, Ann. Who Was Paul Monet? New York: Grosset & Dunlap, 2009.
“Claude Monet is considered one of the most influential artists of all time. He is a founder of the French Impressionist art movement, and today his paintings sell for millions of dollars. While Monet was alive, however, his work was often criticized and he struggled financially.” – WAFMS. An easy-to-read biography for readers 10-years-old and up.

Bill Peet

Peet, Bill. Bill Peet: An Autobiography. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989.

Picture 4

Bryant, Jennifer. A Splash of Red: the Life and Art of Horace Pippin. New York : Alfred A. Knopf, 2013.

Redoute

Croll, Carolyn. Redoute :the Man who Painted Flowers. New York: Putnam, 1996.

NONFICTION BOOKS

Art is...

Raczka, Bob. Art Is… Brookfield, Conn.: Millbrook Press, 2003.
“Rhyming text and photographs show that art is much more than just what can be hung on a wall or set on a pedestal.” – CIP. Portrays 26 famous works of art. Recommended as a read-aloud for readers 8-years-old and up.

Picture 2

Raczka, Bob. Artful Reading. Minneapolis, Minn.: Millbrook Press, 2008.
Twenty-three famous paintings depicting books are portrayed in the extraordinary picture book for all ages. Artists include Cezanne, Degas, Durer, Hopper, Picasso, Renoir, and Van Gogh.

Here's Looking

Raczka, Bob. Here’s Looking at Me: How Artists See Themselves. Minneapolis: Millbrook Press, 2006.
“Handsome reproductions of sixteen famous paintings, set against complimentary backgrounds, reflect their creators’ unique viewpoints, while a gentle rhyming text comments on the masterpieces.” – WAFMS.

NONFICTION

Wenzel, Angela. 13 Art Mysteries Children Should Know. Munich: Prestel, 2011.
Who invented oil painting? Why does the Mona Lisa have a smile on her face? What did Jesus look like? These questions and 10 more are all answered in this 45-page book filled with colour illustrations. A time line on each page adds historical context. Recommended for art lovers 11 years old and up.

NOVELS

Framed

Cottrell Boyce, Frank. Framed. London : Macmillan Children’s, 2006, c2005.
“Dylan and his sisters have some ideas about how to make Snowdonia Oasis Auto Marvel more profitable, but it is not until some strange men with valuable paintings arrive in town and their father disappears that they consider turning to crime.” – AR. [Art; Automobiles; Business enterprises; Eccentrics and eccentricities; Family life; Wales]

Jackal in the Garden

Ellis, Deborah. Jackal in the Garden: An Encounter with Bizhad. New York: Watson-Guptill Publications, 2006.
“Born deformed, Anibus is considered cursed and is left in the desert to die, but after being rescued and raised in secret, she leads a nomadic life, finding acceptance with a colony of artists which includes Kamal al-Din Bihzad, the most famous master of Persian painting.” – CIP. [Afghanistan; Artists; Nomads; People with disabilities; Runaways]

The Birthday Room

Henkes, Kevin. The Birthday Room. New York: HarperTrophy, 2001, c1999.
“When twelve-year-old Ben visits his uncle in Oregon, he feels caught in the strained relationship between his mother and her brother while he also begins to accept himself as an artist.” – OhioLINK [Artists; Mothers and sons; Oregon; Secrets; Uncles]

From the Mixed-up

Kongisburg, E.L. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. New York : Dell, 1973, c1967.
“Claudia and her younger brother run away from hom and end up hiding out in a museum where they discovers a mystery connected to the famous artist, Michelangelo.” – WAFMS. The 1968 Newbery Medal winner. [Artists; Brothers and sisters; Michelangelo; Museums; New York City; Runaways]

The Art of Keeping Cool

Lisle, Janet Taylor. The Art of Keeping Cool. New York: Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2000.
“In 1942, Robert and his cousin Elliot uncover long-hidden family secrets while staying in their grandparents’ Rhode Island town, where they also become involved with a German artist who is suspected of being a spy.” – CIP. [Artists; Cousins; Family life; Grandparents; WW 2]

Gathering Blue

Lowry, Lois. Gathering Blue. Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 2000.
“Lame and suddenly orphaned, Kira is mysteriously removed from her squalid village to live in the palatial Council Edifice, where she is expected to use her gifts as a weaver to do the bidding of the all-powerful Guardians.” – CIP A companion to the Newbery Award Winner ‘The Giver’. [Artists; Orphans; Physically handicapped; Science fiction] 

Drawing Lessons

Mack, Tracy. Drawing Lessons. New York: Scholastic Press, 2000.
“Twelve-year-old Rory begins to lose the passion for making art that she shares with her father after she finds him kissing his female model and fears for the safety of her parents’ marriage.” – CIP. [Artists; Divorce; Fathers and daughters]

Marie, Dancing

Meyer, Carolyn. Marie, Dancing. Orlando, FL: Harcourt 2005.
“A fictional autobiography of Marie van Goethem, the impoverished student from the Paris Opera ballet school who became the model for Edgar Degas’s famous sculpture, ‘The Little Dancer.'” – WAFMS. [Artists; Ballet; France; Historical fiction; Poverty; Young adult fiction]

Middle School

Patterson, James. Middle School, Get Me Out of Here!  New York: Little, Brown and Co., 2012.
“After surviving sixth grade, Rafe expects seventh grade to be a fun zone because he has been accepted to art school in the big city, but when he discovers it is more competitive than he expected, he sets out to turn his boring life into the inspiration for a work of art.” – WAFMS. [Art students; Behaviour; Family problems; Schools]

Blackthorn Winter

Reiss, Kathryn. Blackthorn Winter. Orlando: Harcourt, 2007, c2006.
“An idyllic seaside artists’ colony in England is the scene of murder, and fifteen-year-old American-born Juliana Martin-Drake attempts to solve the crime while unraveling the mystery of her own past.” – CIP. An entertaining mystery for readers 12 to 16 years old. [Adoption; Artists; Dating (Social customs); England; Family life]

Okay for Now

Schmidt, Gary D. Okay for Now. Clarion Books, 2011.
Fourteen-year-old Doug has just moved to a small town in New York State. He has a mean older brother and an abusive father. He can’t read and he has no friends. But slowly he makes friends with a classmate, with his teachers and with a librarian who teaches him how to draw. And after his oldest brother comes back from Vietnam, life starts to change at home, too.   [Family life; Fathers and sons; New York (State); Schools; Friendship; Drawing; Violence; Child abuse; Audubon, John James; Theater; Brothers; Vietnam conflict, 1961-1975; Moving, Household; Dating (Social customs)]

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