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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 Horn Book Magazine: September/October 2018

Features

Children’s Literature Legacy Award Acceptance by Jacqueline Woodson

A profile of Jacqueline Woodson by Deborah Taylor

“Devoted to Diversity” by Shoshana Flax
Publishers with a purpose.


Columns

Editorial
“The Right to Read by Yourself” by Roger Sutton
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s legacy and the radical act of trusting child readers.

Board Book Roundup
“Treasure Hunting in the Public Library” by Julie Roach
Recommended new board books to check out.

From The (Ghoulish) Guide
Horn BOO!
A selection of reviews of Halloween books from The Horn Book Guide.

Reviews

Book Reviews

Audiobook Reviews


Departments

September/October Starred Books

Impromptu

Index to Advertisers

Index to Books Reviewed


Cover from She Made a Monster. Illustration © 2018 by Felicita Sala.
Page 1 art from Show Way. Illustration © 2005 by Hudson Talbott.

Item No. HBSEPTOCT18
$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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Marcus, Leonard S
Celebrate a century of children's book illustration!

For families, art lovers, and history buffs alike, Leonard S. Marcus's visual history tour of 100 years of children's book illustration gathers in one glorious volume the posters of the annual Children's Book Week!

Featuring work from early luminaries such as N. C. Wyeth and Marcia Brown to more contemporary illustrators like David Wiesner, Mary GrandPré, Christian Robinson, and Jillian Tamaki, this beautiful collection showcases the conceptual and iconic images that have defined children's books for generations of young readers.

While the posters within these pages are linked in their resounding advocacy for young people's literacy, they are distinguished by the styles and mediums of their creators and by the historical, social, and cultural influences of their times. Renowned historian Leonard S. Marcus traces these developments in the children's book field with incisive descriptions to accompany each poster.

Children's Book Week has grown over the past one hundred years from a modest grassroots effort to a full-throttle nationwide annual celebration of literacy and the pleasures of reading. The posters in this book beautifully emphasize Book Week's mission, with slogans such as "Build the Future with Books," "Get Lost in a Book," and "One World, Many Stories."

Item No. 9780525645085
$35.00
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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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Van Der Hulst, Astrid
Draw the Flow Way

"Create whatever causes a revolution in your heart."
-Elizabeth Gilbert
"I cannot rest, I must draw, however poor the result, and when I have a bad time come over me it is a stronger desire than ever."
-Beatrix Potter
"Drawing, painting, creating...it's like a muscle. You have to work on it every day."
-Sarah Walsh
"Draw the art you want to see, start the business you want to run, play the music you want to hear, write the books you want to read, build the products you want to use--do the work you want to see done."
-Austin Kleon
"Drawing is the discipline by which I constantly rediscover the world. I have learned that what I have not drawn, I have never really seen, and that when I start drawing an ordinary thing, I realize how extraordinary it is, sheer miracle."
-Frederick Frank
"Have no fear of perfection, you'll never reach it."
-Salvador Dalí
"Creativity is a way of living life, no matter what our vocation or how we earn our living."
-Madeline L'Engle
"I believe the most important single thing, beyond discipline and creativity, in any artistic work, is daring to dare."
-Maya Angelou
"I sometimes think that there is nothing so delightful as drawing."
-Vincent van Gogh

In this innovative approach to drawing instruction, the illustrators from Flow magazine open up their tool kits, sharing secrets and techniques to teach the creatively curious how to draw. The lessons, 50 in all, curated from the best of Flow's two special drawing issues, show how to render the kinds of things we see every day: a bouquet of flowers, a beloved teacup, colorful mittens, the kitchen table, a bike, jam jars, a cat, an apple tree. Along the way we learn about color, materials, perspective, tools, and negative space. With its bound-in paper goodies, this book is also a canvas for artistic exploration--reminding us of the mindful pleasure of doing creative work.

Filled With Paper Goodies:
  • Mini daily drawing pad
  • DIY postcards
  • Watercolor, tracing, and colored papers
  • House interiors to unfold and decorate
  • Item No. 9781523501151
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    Gordon, Lynn
    Lynn Gordon's best-selling 52 deck series is known for its whimsical art and useful activities. With over 60 titles (and counting) in print, Lynn has covered a wide range of topics for kids and adults. Her publishing success allowed her to start a nonprofit for young women and teen mothers, GirlSource, which launched in 1989.
    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.

    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. 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
    A Velocity of Being: Letters to a Young Reader

    In these pages, some of today's most wonderful culture-makers--writers, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, and philosophers--reflect on the joys of reading, how books broaden and deepen human experience, and the ways in which the written word has formed their own character. On the page facing each letter, an illustration by a celebrated illustrator or graphic artist presents that artist's visual response.

    Among the diverse contributions are letters from Jane Goodall, Neil Gaiman, Jerome Bruner, Shonda Rhimes, Ursula K. Le Guin, Yo-Yo Ma, Judy Blume, Lena Dunham, Elizabeth Gilbert, and Jacqueline Woodson, as well as a ninety-eight-year-old Holocaust survivor, a pioneering oceanographer, and Italy's first woman in space. Some of the illustrators, cartoonists, and graphic designers involved are Marianne Dubuc, Sean Qualls, Oliver Jeffers, Maira Kalman, Mo Willems, Isabelle Arsenault, Chris Ware, Liniers, Shaun Tan, Tomi Ungerer, and Art Spiegelman.

    This project is woven entirely of goodwill, generosity of spirit, and a shared love of books. Everyone involved has donated their time, and all profits will go to the New York Public Library systems. Edited and introduced by
    Maria Popova, who has been writing since 2006 about what she reads on Brain
    Pickings (brainpickings.org), which is now included in the Library of Congress archive
    of culturally valuable materials; Edited by Claudia Bedrick, publisher, editorial
    and art director of Enchanted Lion Books.

    Item No. 9781592702282
    $34.95
    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
    $12.99
    Amphigorey Again
    Gorey, Edward
    This collection displays in glorious abundance the offbeat characters and droll humor of Edward Gorey. Figbash is acrobatic, topiaries are tragic, hippopotami are admonitory, and galoshes are remorseful in this celebration of a unique talent that never fails to delight, amuse, and confound. Amphigorey Again contains previously uncollected work and two unpublished stories--"The Izzard Book," a quirky riff on the letter Z , and "La Malle Saignante," a bilingual homage to early French silent serial movies. Rough sketches and unfinished panels show an ironic and singular mind at work.
    Item No. 9780156030212
    $24.00
    Angels and Wild Things: The Archetypal Poetics of Maurice Sendak
    Cech, John

    This new edition includes a preface by the author covering Sendak's life, work, and cultural impact in the years since 1994.

    Over the course of more than ninety books, in a career that spanned six decades, Maurice Sendak became the most influential and, at times, the most controversial creator of works for children. Each of the books in his trilogy--Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and Outside Over There--was precedent setting, dramatically expanding the boundaries of subject matter and images that have been conventionally accepted in books for younger children. In this first comprehensive reading of Sendak's key works, John Cech considers the symbolic child who was developed in Sendak's books and who remained at the center of his vision.

    By fusing biographical, historical, cultural, and literary materials with the insights of depth psychology and archetypal theory, this study traces the evolution of Sendak's work--from its first, bold steps in the 1950s, to its liberating breakthroughs of the 1960s and early 1970s, to the rich complexity of his later books. Cech concentrates on those books that Sendak has both written and illustrated. In these books, we can see most clearly the alchemy of his creative process, which wove together the remembrances of his own things past, the spirit of his times, the history of children's literature, and Sendak's animating concern with the archetypal figure of the child--a symbol of creative potential, emotional vitality, and spiritual renewal.

    Item No. 9780271060644
    $28.00
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    Gregory, Danny
    Packed with the signature can-do attitude that makes beloved artist Danny Gregory a creativity guru to thousands across the globe, this unique guide serves up a hearty helping of inspiration. For aspiring artists who want to draw and paint but just can't seem to find time in the day, Gregory offers 5- to 10-minute exercises for every skill level that fit into any schedule--whether on a plane, in a meeting, or at the breakfast table--along with practical instruction on techniques and materials, plus strategies for making work that's exciting, unintimidating, and fulfilling. Filled with Gregory's encouraging words and motivating illustrations, Art Before Breakfast teaches readers how to develop a creative habit and lead a richer life through making art.
    Item No. 9781452135472
    $19.95
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    Schwake, Susan
    Art Camp is the second book of art instruction from Susan's new Kids Art Series. This book is an easy-to-use collection of self-guided lessons for kids to pull out again and again to expand their skill sets and gain confidence in making art. The beautiful full-color photographs illustrate the projects in this easy-to-explore guide. Step-by-step simple art adventures are inspired by artists and the natural world in this full-color instructional book.
    Art Camp is the go-to book to slip into a suitcase for vacation or backpack for an overnight as a great alternative to screen time and for some great art-making fun! Perfect for gifting and ideal for the family library!
    This exciting new instructional book is self-guided for kids featuring: 52 expandable art projects that most kids can do on their own! Repeatable projects with different results each time Guide-sized format for backpacks and pockets! Full-color photographs and step-by-step instruction Skill-building projects that grow confidence Simple materials Artists' inspiration Great for trips, classrooms, homeschoolers, youth groups, and, of course, parents!"
    Item No. 9780991293568
    $16.95
    Art for All Seasons
    Susan Schwake
    Art for All Seasons is a well-thought-out handbook of nature-inspired art adventures that can be explored over and over with different results each time. Perfect for parents, teachers, grandparents or anyone working with children making art! The nature-based lessons are beautifully illustrated with more than 400 full-color photographs of the process and additional inspirational images of contemporary artists’ work. Included is information on how to set up a simple home studio, a comprehensive list of materials, how to display and save kid’s art work and ideas surrounding making art with others. A recipe chapter shows how to make some of your own materials and how to use standard art materials. Each lesson is a great springboard of ideas for anyone wanting to be inspired by the natural world to make art. Art for All Seasons will be your perennial go-to book when making art with children.

    Following on the heels of her wildly successful series, Art Lab for Kids, Susan Schwake and her husband, Rainer Schwake, bring us the new Kids Art Series with this first title—Art for All Seasons. Susan Schwake is an artist, art educator, author and curator. Her passion for teaching over the past 20 years has found her working in many diverse settings, and her own art school, which operates in conjunction with their gallery and design firm in New Hampshire: artstreamstudios.com.
    Item No. 9780991293599
    $24.99
    Art Lab for Kids
    Schwake, Susan
    Art Lab for Kids is a refreshing source of wonderful ideas for creating fine art with children. This step-by-step book offers 52 fun and creative art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media.

    Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist and their unique style. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hands-on fine art experiences. Grouped by medium, the labs are set up loosely to build skills upon the previous ones; however, you can begin anywhere.

    Have fun exploring:
  • drawing by creating a whimsical scene on a handmade crayon scratchboard.
  • painting by using watercolors and salt to create a textured landscape.
  • printmaking by using lemons, celery, mushrooms, and other produce to make colorful prints.
  • paper by creating an expressive self-portrait using pieces of colored tissue paper.
  • mixed media by making insects from patterned contact paper and watercolor pencils.
  • Color 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. 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.

    The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus--all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.
    Item No. 9781592537655
    $22.99
    Art Lab for Little Kids
    Schwake, Susan

    Packed with 52 fun and colorful exercises geared toward 3- to 6-year-olds, this book offers parents and teachers an outstanding source of creative art activities to inspire and enrich this wide-eyed and open-hearted age group.

    Activities are organized by medium and designed to encourage self-expression. Each Lab also features the work of a prominent artist for inspiration. Gorgeous photography shows different results from different people using the same lesson, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist's personal style.

    Have fun:

  • drawing with food coloring-tinted ice cubes.
  • painting using a sponge bottle washer and tempera paints.
  • printmaking using balloons, lace, and potatoes to place ink.
  • sculpting with tinfoil, paper mache, and paper tubes.
  • creating mixed media art with fabric, wallpaper samples, and items from nature.
  • Targeting one of the most critical developmental periods for children, Art Lab for Little Kids is the perfect book for both parents and teachers who are seeking enriching and unique experiences to offer this age group. This inspirational book stands out as a unique reference for creating fine art with children through finding the student's own voice, marks, and style and with playful lessons that result in significant skill building.

    The popular Lab for Kids series features a growing list of books that share hands-on activities and projects on a wide host of topics, including art, astronomy, clay, geology, math, and even how to create your own circus--all authored by established experts in their fields. Each lab contains a complete materials list, clear step-by-step photographs of the process, as well as finished samples. The labs can be used as singular projects or as part of a yearlong curriculum of experiential learning. The activities are open-ended, designed to be explored over and over, often with different results. Geared toward being taught or guided by adults, they are enriching for a range of ages and skill levels. Gain firsthand knowledge on your favorite topic with Lab for Kids.

    Item No. 9781592538362
    $24.99