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Picture Writer DVD: The Art of the Picture Book

An ALA 2012 Notable Children's Video
Eric Carle fans, readers and artists of all ages will thrill to watch The Art of the Picture Book, a new film about the artist's life and creative process. This intimate portrait lets every viewer into Eric Carle's world as if you were there beside him in his studio. Listen and watch as he creates his pictures, remembers his childhood, reflects on the creative life he has led for decades as the creator of more than 70 books for children. The Art of the Picture Book captures the magic of Eric Carle; a man who sees each child as an individual and who is deeply connected to the child he once was.

Running time: 30 minutes.

Click here to watch a trailer!

Item No. 9780545722957
$40.00
The Art of Eric Carle - Softcover
Eric Carle

Carle is one of the most beloved illustrators of children's books. This retrospective is more than just an appreciation of his art, however. The book also contains an insightful autobiography illustrated with personal photographs, an anecdotal essay by his longtime editor, a photographic essay on how Carle creates his collages, and writings by Carle and his colleagues. Still, it is the artwork in the oversize volume that seizes the imagination. More than 60 of his full-color collage pictures are handsomely reproduced and serve as a statement of Carle's impressive talent.
- Booklist

Item No. 9780399240027
$19.99
 The Horn Book Magazine: May/June 2018 Horn Book

Special Issue: Making a Difference

Cover by Yuyi Morales.

Carla Hayden, the first female and first African American Librarian of Congress, talks with Horn Book editor in chief Roger Sutton — her library school classmate! — about Bright April, mirror books, and nonpartisanship in the library.

Jonda C. McNair and Rudine Sims Bishop examine the enduring legacy of The Brownies’ Book, W. E. B. Du Bois’s early-twentieth-century literary magazine for children.

Reach Out and Read cofounder Robert Needlman describes how pediatricians make a difference when they “prescribe” reading, with a look at the program in practice from Diana Palmer.

Serving in WWII, nineteen-year-old Ashley Bryan carried his drawing materials in his gas mask and created art whenever he could. H. Nichols B. Clark provides a curated selection of Bryan’s remarkable wartime sketches and paintings.

 Jon Klassen looks to the late Pat Hutchins’s work to figure out some picture-book how-tos.

The Writer’s Page: Kekla Magoon on heroes who don’t make it into the history books.

“The Book That Changed My Life”: reflections from M. T. Anderson, Derrick BarnesKimberly Brubaker Bradley, Dhonielle Clayton, Candace Fleming, Bob Graham, Deborah HeiligmanKevin Henkes, Naomi Shihab NyeElizabeth Partridge, Celia C.  Pérez, Mitali Perkins, Andrea Davis Pinkney, Joyce Sidman, Roger Sutton, Lauren Wolk, and Eugene Yelchin,

From The Guide: Be an Everyday Un-Hero.

In Memoriam: Susan Cooper remembers Ursula K. Le Guin.

In Memoriam: Richard Michelson remembers Julius Lester.

Impromptu: Books back in print and books by our friends.

Item No. HBMAYJUNE18
$13.50
100 Best Books for Children (Softcover)
Silvey, Anita
By selecting only 100 "best books" Silvey distinguishes her guide from all the others and makes it possible to give young readers their literary heritage in the childhood years.
Item No. 9780618618774
$9.95
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Martin Salisbury
This unashamed visual feast celebrates the best designed and illustrated picturebooks from around the world over the past one hundred years.

Each book is a creation of genius and inventiveness, and their design and illustration represent such diverse trends as the Russian Constructivists, Italian Futurists, and Postwar Neo-romantics. They are also mirrors of their times reflecting social concerns from a child's and family's perspectives throughout the twentieth and into the twenty-first century.

Fearlessly confronting the frontiers between a child's picturebook and art, this is a collection of books that anyone with an interest in design, illustration, or simply children's literature should know about.
Item No. 9781780674087
$40.00
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Eccleshare, Julia
This is the best and most authoritative guide to classic and contemporary children's literature today. It is the latest in the best-selling 1001 series, and its informative reviews are the key to differentiating the "must-read" books from all the rest in the realm of children's books. Whether you are a parent seeking to instill a love of reading in your child, an educator or counselor looking for inspiration, or a young reader with a voracious appetite, this guide to the best writing for children and young adults covers the spectrum of children's literature. It is organized by age group--from board books to YA novels and all the gradations in between. Each entry features evaluations by a team of international critics complete with beautifully reproduced artwork from the featured title. The beloved classics are here, but the guide also takes a global perspective and includes the increasingly diverse contributions from African American and Latino authors and illustrators--not to mention important books from around the world.
Item No. 9780789318763
$36.95
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Gulliver Hancock, James

This inspiring sketchbook, part of the 20 Ways series from Quarry Books, designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration fun. Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of 45 themes - cars, trains, scooters, unicycles, surfboards, sailboats and much, much more-over 900 drawings, with blank space for you to draw your take on 20 Ways to Draw a Bike and 44 Other Incredible Ways to Get Around.

This is not a step-by-step technique book--rather, the stylized submarines, helicopters, and rockets can are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements, showing you how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw. Each of the 20 interpretations provides a different, interesting approach to drawing a single item, providing loads of inspiration for your own drawing. Presented in the author's uniquely creative style, this engaging and motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing.

Get out your favorite drawing tool, and remember, there are not just 20 Ways to Draw a Bike and 44 Other Incredible Ways to Get Around!

Includes:

jets

bikes

ambulance

blimps

airplanes

bulldozers

buses

canoes

firetrucks

garbage trucks

hang gliders

helicopters

carriages

hot air ballons

airboats

jet packs

jet skis

limousines

magic carpets

motorcycles

motorboats

oceanliners

4 wheelers

racecars

rockets

rollerskates

sailboats

mopeds

shoes

skateboards

skis

strollers

submarines

taxis

dump trucks

tractors

trains

unicycles

antique cars

and much, much more!

Item No. 9781631590443
$19.99
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Trina Dalziel

Let your imagination take flight with 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things with Wings. Beautifully illustrated, this inspirational sketchbook will help you learn how to draw anything with wings. From fairies, bats, and airplanes, to dragonflies, gargoyles, and angels, 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly is perfect for illustrators, cartoonists, doodlers, and anyone who loves to sketch. This is not a step-by-step technique book--rather, the winged things in this volume are simplified, modernized and reduced to the most basic elements, offering simple abstract shapes and forms that meld together to create the building blocks of any item (man-made or organic) that you want to draw. Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of 45 themes - bugs, bats, birds, and much, much more - over 900 drawings, with blank space for you to draw your take.This all-in-one sketchbook lets you draw right on the pages making it easy to keep all of your most inspired creations at hand. Your inner artist will fly free with 20 Ways to Draw a Butterfly and 44 Other Things with Wings.

Item No. 9781592539239
$19.99
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Kuo, Julia

This inspiring sketchbook is part of the new 20 Ways series from Quarry Books, designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustrating fun.

Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of 45 themes - black dresses, summery hats, stylish shoes, faux fur coats, and much, much more--with blank space for you to draw your take on 20 Ways to Draw a Dress. This is not a step-by-step technique book--rather, the stylized dresses are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements, showing you how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw.

Each of the 20 interpretations provides a different, interesting approach to drawing a single item, providing loads of inspiration for your own drawing. Presented in the author's uniquely creative style, this engaging and motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing. Get out your favorite drawing tool, and remember, there are not just 20 Ways to Draw a Dress!

Item No. 9781592538850
$19.99
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Ingram, Zoe

Sink your teeth into 20 Ways to Draw a Strawberry. Beautifully illustrated, this inspirational sketchbook will help you learn how to draw anything edible. From cherries, eggplants, and pineapples, to cookies, carrots, and candy bars, 20 Ways to Draw a Strawberry is perfect for illustrators, cartoonists, doodlers, and anyone who loves to sketch. This is not a step-by-step technique book--rather, the elegant edibles in this volume are simplified, modernized and reduced to the most basic elements, offering simple abstract shapes and forms that meld to create the building blocks of any item (man-made or organic) that you want to draw. This all-in-one sketchbook lets you draw right on the pages making it easy to keep all of your most inspired creations at hand. Get an appetite for drawing with 20 Ways to Draw a Strawberry and 44 Other Elegant Edibles.

Item No. 9781592539833
$19.99
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Renouf, Eloise
This inspiring sketchbook is part of the new 20 Ways series from Quarry Books, designed to offer artists, designers, and doodlers a fun and sophisticated collection of illustration fun.

Each spread features 20 inspiring illustrated examples of 45 themes--tree, tulip, shell, owl, peacock feather, mushroom, cloud, and much, much more--over 900 drawings, with blank space for you to draw your take on 20 Ways to Draw a Tree.

This is not a step-by-step technique book--rather, the stylized flowers, trees, leaves, and clouds are simplified, modernized, and reduced to the most basic elements, showing you how simple abstract shapes and forms meld to create the building blocks of any item that you want to draw.

Each of the 20 interpretations provides a different, interesting approach to drawing a single item, providing loads of inspiration for your own drawing. Presented in the author's uniquely creative style, this engaging and motivational practice book provides a new take on the world of sketching, doodling, and designing.
Get out your favorite drawing tool, and remember, there are not just 20 Ways to Draw a Tree!
Item No. 9781592538379
$19.99
3D Art Lab for Kids
Schwake, Susan
An inspiring collection of ideas and projects for encouraging an artistic spirit in children! 3D Art Lab for Kids includes 36 kid-friendly fine art projects in paper, clay, textiles, sculpture, and jewelry. Each project is inspired by the work of a prominent artist and is illustrated with step-by-step full-color photographs of the process as well as finished samples and variations. Whether you use these projects independently or as a curriculum for hands-on 3D art experiences, you'll find that the lessons in this book are open-ended so they can be explored over and over-with different results each time! Colorful photos illustrate how different people using the same lesson will yield different results, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist's personal style. 3D Art Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers. Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises.
Item No. 9781592538157
$24.99
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Van Der Hulst, Astrid
In its innovative magazines and books, Flow celebrates creativity, mindfulness, and the pleasures of paper through a uniquely appealing marriage of ideas and visuals--beautiful illustrations and paintings created by a group of talented professional artists. Now those same artists have opened up their toolkits, sharing secrets, techniques, and point of view to teach the creatively curious how to draw.
Here are 50 easy, illustrated step-by-step lessons on how to draw a whimsically curated list of the things we see and interact with every day: a bouquet of flowers, a watering can, a cat, mittens, favorite plants and vegetables, a cup and saucer, a kitchen table, fruit wrappers, a seagull, a dress collar, an apple tree. The lessons take us line by line from early sketch to finished drawing, with space alongside for the reader to draw the same. And unlike other beginner's drawing guides, every lesson stems from each artist's particular sensibility. This book is not about learning shapes, but how to create beautiful images with quirkiness and personality. The focus is not on perspective or shading, but the mindful pleasures of doing creative work.
Included are special paper goodies, from the instructional (sheets of tracing paper, watercolor paper, colored paper for a singular effect) to the purely joyful--postcards, a 32-page booklet with bellyband, paper doll foldouts, and more.
Item No. 9781523501151
$24.95
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Silvey, Anita
"500 Great Books for Teens" is divided into 21 sections, including adventure and survival, horror, graphic novels, humor, mystery, and poetry, each with additional reading lists.
Item No. 9780618612963
$26.00
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Gordon, Lynn
Item No. 9780811813181
$6.95
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Chronicle Books
A rolling pin, a robot, a pickle, a water tower, a hammock, a wasp, a safety pin, a kiss. Budding artists and experienced sketchers alike will find themselves invigorated by this collection of offbeat, clever, and endlessly absorbing drawingprompts. Some are deceptively simple (just try drawing a bicycle!), some are conceptually mind-bending (sketching the sound of girlish laughter?), and some are refreshingly basic (the only hard thing about drawing an egg is deciding how you want it to be cooked). Hip and helpful, 642 Things to Draw is the perfect inspirational sketchbook, sure to entertain and provoke the imagination of anyone ready to pick up a pencil.
Item No. 9780811876445
$16.95
642 Things to Write (Young Writer Edition)
826 Valencia
Write a to-do list for a villain. Describe your dream tree house. Create a haiku about your shoes.

Young writers will get their creative juices flowing with this collection of smart, funny, and thought-provoking writing exercises. Kids can open to any page to find inspiration, express themselves, and jump-start their literary genius. Collected from the clever minds of 826 Valencia, 642 Things to Write About: Young Writer's Edition is the ultimate playground for imaginative children.

Item No. 9781452127842
$16.95
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San Francisco Writers' Grotto
This collection of 642 outrageous and witty writing prompts will get the creative juices flowing in no time. From crafting your own obituary to penning an ode to an onion, each page of this playful journal invites inspiration and provides plenty of space to write. Brimming with entertaining exercises from the literary minds of the San Francisco Writers' Grotto, this is the ultimate gift for scribes of every stripe.
Item No. 9781452105444
$16.95
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San Francisco Writers' Grotto
The next installment in the bestselling series presents 642 writing prompts in an irresistible new format. Delightful and thought-provoking, this book is perfect for stumped writers, journalers, or any creative type needing a tiny flash of inspiration.
Item No. 9781452142173
$9.95
A Family of Readers - Softcover
Two of the most trusted reviewers in the field join with top authors, illustrators, and critics in a definitive guide to choosing books for children--and nurturing their love of reading. (Preschool and up)

A FAMILY OF READERS is the definitive resource for parents interested in enriching the reading lives of their children. It's divided into four sections:

1. Reading to Them:
Choosing and sharing board books and picture books with babies and very young children.
2. Reading with Them:
Launching the new reader with easy readers and chapter books.
3. Reading on Their Own:
Exploring what children read--and how they read--by genre and gender.
4. Leaving Them Alone:
Respecting the reading privacy of the young adult.

Roger Sutton knows how and why children read. He must, as the editor in chief of THE HORN BOOK, which since 1924 has been America's best source for reviews of books for young readers. But for many parents, selecting books for their children can make them feel lost. Now, in this essential resource, Roger Sutton and Martha V. Parravano, executive editor at the magazine, offer thoughtful essays that consider how books are read to (and then by) young people. They invite such leading authors and artists as Maurice Sendak, Katherine Paterson, Margaret Mahy, and Jon Scieszka, as well as a selection of top critics, to add their voices about the genres they know best. The result is an indispensable readers' companion to everything from wordless board books to the most complex and daring young adult novels.

Item No. 9780763657550
$14.99
A Guide for Grown-Ups
De Saint-Exupery, Antoine
"Grown-ups never understand anything by themselves, and it is exhausting for children to have to provide explanations over and over again."--from The Little Prince

What does it mean to be a grown-up? How do we find happiness, joyful friendships, and love that lasts?

Culled from the full works of the author of The Little Prince, here is subtle, radiant wisdom that has charmed and enlightened the hearts of generations.
Item No. 9780544671942
$13.00
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Zaborowski, Barbara

Action Art: Hands-On Active Art Adventures is A Collection of Over 100 Active Hands-On Art Experiences for Children 2-12, Full of Adventure, Movement, and Discovery.

FOR SCHOOLS - HOMESCHOOLS - MUSEUMS- LIBRARIES - CHILDCARE - HOME Shelving: ART ACTIVITIES - EDUCATION - PARENTING Over 100 action-packed art activities bring discovery and adventurous creativity to children's art experiences that will delight and challenge kids of all ages. Each child-tested art activity is grouped into engaging action categories including:
  1. Smacking - Squeezing - Tapping
  2. Rolling - Spinning - Swinging
  3. Blowing - Exploding - Smooshing
  4. Tools - Toys - Utensils
  5. Up - Down - All Around
Full color photographs highlight all activities including painting, photography, collage and sculpture, each with helpful icons indicating levels for both children and adults. Action Art experiences are built on the knowledge that art for children is a creative process and not just a finished product. MaryAnn Kohl is famous around the world for encouraging children to experience creative art exploration best known as "process art." Action Art offers 5 chapters of exciting and adventurous creative art activities, all with surprise outcomes, including - Blowing Glitter, Dancing Blottos, Bubble Wrap, Boot Walk, Clear Color Squish
Item No. 9780935607345
$21.95
Adventures in Cartooning
Frederick-Frost, Alexis

In this action-packed cartooning adventure, kids will have as much fun making comics as reading them!

Once upon a time . . . a princess tried to make a comic. And with the help of a magical cartooning elf, she learned how - well enough to draw her way out of an encounter with a dangerous dragon, near-death by drowning, and into her very own adventure! Like the princess, young readers will discover that they already have the drawing and writing skills it takes to make a comic - they just need a little know-how. And Adventures in Cartooning supplies just that.

Item No. 9781596433694
$14.99
Adventures in Cartooning Activity Book
Frederick-Frost, Alexis

The magic cartooning elf is back—along with the Knight, Edward the hungry horse, and a whole new cast of charming characters! And this time, readers can join in the fun—right IN the book!

An ALA Notable Children’s Book, Adventures in Cartooning was called the “best book of the year” in a starred review in Booklist and was a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Building on the basic lessons presented in Adventures in Cartooning, this activity book leads kids through a story that they help tell by doodling and completing comics activities. And at the end, readers are invited to make their own comic book story!

The magic cartooning elf is back--along with the Knight, Edward the hungry horse, and a whole new cast of charming characters! And this time, readers can join in the fun--right IN the book!

ALA Notable Children's Book Adventures in Cartooning was called "the best book of the year," in a starred review in Booklist, and was named a School Library Journal Best Book of the Year. Building on the basic lessons presented in Adventures in Cartooning, this activity book leads kids through a story that they help tell by doodling and completing comics activities. And at the end, readers are invited to make their own comic book story!

Item No. 9781596435988
$7.99
Adventures in Cartooning: Characters in Action
Frederick-Frost, Alexis

The Knight, Edward the chubby horse, and of course the Magic Cartooning Elf are back for more fun, but this time they're sharing the stage with a host of new characters.

In Adventures in Cartooning: Characters In Action you'll learn how to create your own kooky characters. And fresh faces are needed -- the famous director Otto Airs is making a movie, and he's invited everyone in the kingdom to audition! It's your chance to dream up boatloads of wacky characters to star in the film. Discover how body language and expression are used to tell a story, dress a wizard to the nines, and choose the perfect rogue robot. After following the heroes on their cartooning adventure, you'll be ready to create characters to star in your own comic book!

Item No. 9781596437326
$10.99