Resource Books

Play and Color in Black and White
Activity meets creativity! Striking and stylish, sporting a uniquely sophisticated die-cut, flexi-plastic binding, Play and Color in Black and White is an activity book with a difference. The bold minimalist palette almost begs kids to decorate the 96 pages with bright color and whimsical imagination, using not only their crayons but also the more than 100 fluorescent neon stickers included with the book.
Item No. 9782848019833
$12.99
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair
Tourville, Jacqueline
Amy Guglielmo, Jacqueline Tourville, and Brigette Barrager team up to tell the joyful and unique story of the trailblazing Disney artist Mary Blair.

Mary Blair lived her life in color: vivid, wild color.

From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Mary wouldn't play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted twinkling emerald skies, peach giraffes with tangerine spots, and magenta horses that could fly.

She painted her world.

Item No. 9781481461313
$17.99
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Kohl, Maryann
Anyone working with preschoolers and early primary age children will want this book. Over 200 activities teach children to explore and understand their world through open-ended art experiences that emphasize the process of art, not the product. Activities are included for painting, drawing, collage, sculpture, and construction.
Item No. 9780876591680
$24.95
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Bunkers, Traci

Artist and popular workshop instructor Traci Bunkers can turn just about anything into an interesting stamp, printing block, or tool. In this book, she shows readers how to see overlooked, everyday objects in a new way, and how to "MacGyver" them into easy to use printing blocks and tools. Readers learn to create 52 print blocks and stamp tools, all from inexpensive, ordinary, and unexpected materials--string, spools, bandaids, flip flops, ear plugs, rubber bands, school erasers, and a slew of other repurposed and upcycled items. The book also shows how to use those simple tools to make gorgeous, multi-layered prints and patterns that can be used to enhance journal covers, stationery, fabrics, accessories, and more.

Item No. 9781592535989
$22.99
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Carey, Joanna
Quentin Blake is a collaboration between Tate and London 's new House of Illustration, published to coincide with the gallery's inagural exhibition, Inside Stories, a landmark show by Quentin Blake.

Quentin Blake is one of the best-known and most highly regarded illustrators of our time. Internationally celebrated for his partnership with Roald Dahl, throughout his fifty year career he also extended collaboration with other authors such as Russel Hoban, John Yeoman, and Michael Rosen. He created children's books of his own and illustrated adult classics by Cervantes, Cyrano de Bergerac, Voltaire, and La Fontaine. In recent years his work has appeared extensively on the walls of museums, hosptials, and other public spaces. Joanna Carey's essay is a brilliant survey of Blake's oeuvre, at once intimate, perceptive and illuinating, and written with an exuberance matching that of her subject.
Item No. 9781849763271
$24.95
Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing - Autographed
Leonard Marcus

Randolph Caldecott is best known as the namesake of the award that honors picture book illustrations, and in this inventive biography, leading children's literature scholar Leonard Marcus examines the man behind the medal. In an era when the steam engine fueled an industrial revolution and train travel exploded people's experience of space and time, Caldecott was inspired by his surroundings to capture action, movement, and speed in a way that had never before been seen in children's picture books. Thoroughly researched and featuring extensive archival material and a treasure trove of previously unpublished drawings, including some from Caldecott's very last sketchbook, Leonard Marcus's luminous biography shows why Caldecott was indeed the father of the modern picture book and how his influence lives on in the books we love today.

Item No. AUTOLM8
$24.99
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Kolbe, Ursula
Book by Kolbe, Ursula
Item No. 9780975772218
$39.95
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Stein, Jeannine
Re-Bound is a beautiful book on bookbinding with a fun green twist-all the projects use recycled and upcycled materials. This book shows you how to take everyday materials from around the house, flea markets, thrift stores, and hardware stores and turn them into clever and eye-catching hand-made books.
Item No. 9781592535248
$24.99
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From "Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass" to "Maniac Magee," sci-fi to op-ed, "Casey at the Bat" to a moving true story about the reunion of two Hololcaust survivors, this wonderfully diverse collection of excerpts from newspapers, magazines, and books has been created by Jim Trelease especially to turn young people on to the many pleasures of reading. Here are thought-provoking columns from Mike Royko and Pete Hamill; excerpts from classics like "To Kill a Mockingbird" and "Rikki-tikki-tavi"; autobiographical sketches by Maya Angelou, Moss Hart, and others, highlighting the imoportance of reading in their lives; and much more. With selections representing many different cultures, genres, writing styles, and interests, "Read All About It!" is a wonderful introduction to the riches of literature and to a lifetime of reading.
Item No. 9780140146554
$15.00
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Baczynski, Kristyna
Let's make mini-magazines (or 'zines' for short)! From animal safaris and recipes to you and your family, pick your favorite topics and get going!

This book contains 10 zines for you to write, illustrate, and put together. Each one has a distinct theme, with lots of ideas for stories, features, and pictures--the rest is up to you!

With fully-illustrated instructions and hints and tips along the way, this brand new book from zine publisher and comic artist Kristyna Baczynski will get you making your own brilliant zines in no time.

Item No. 9781786274045
$17.99
Robert McCloskey: A Private Life
McCloskey, Jane
Robert McCloskey was author of such famous children's books as Make Way for Ducklings, One Morning in Maine, and Time of Wonder, but little is known of his life. This memoir by his daughter Jane reveals the reclusive artist that few really knew, including his Midwestern upbringing, the pivotal event in Mexico that shaped his life, and the family's years on their island in Maine. Including never-before-seen artwork from the family archives.
Item No. 9780978689964
$24.95
Robert McCloskey: The Life for Me DVD

DVD documentary of the life and art of renowned illustrator Robert McCloskey. Created by Sam Ashworth, 2015.

Running time approximately 1 hour.

Item No. 888295257176
$30.00
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Geisel, Audrey
These fabulous, whimsical paintings, created for his own pleasure and never shown to the public, show Geisel (a.k.a. Dr. Seuss) in a whole new light. Depicting outlandish creatures in otherworldly settings, the paintings use a dazzling rainbow of hues not seen in the primary-color palette of his books for children, and exhibit a sophisticated and often quite unrestrained side of the artist. 65 color illustrations.
Item No. 9780679434481
$35.00
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Cohen, Charles
Theodor Seuss Geisel, creator of Horton the Elephant, the Grinch, the Cat in the Hat, and a madcap menagerie of the best-loved children s characters of all time, stands alone as the preeminent figure of children s literature. But Geisel was a private man who was happier at the drawing table than he was across from any reporter or would-be biographer. Under the thoughtful scrutiny of Charles D. Cohen, Geisel s lesser known works yield valuable insights into the imaginative and creative processes of one of the 20th century s most original thinkers."
Item No. 9780375822483
$48.00
Show Me a Story: 40 Craft Projects and Activities to Spark Children's Storytelling
Neuburger, Emily K

Encouraging children to let their imagination run wild, Emily K. Neuburger offers 40 inventive projects and activities that will inspire kids ages 5 to 12 to express themselves through storytelling. Younger children will love making story stones and a storytelling jar, while older kids will open up and thrive as they embark on guided story walks and inspiring journaling exercises. Sparking creativity while developing a child's love of language, Show Me a Story will kindle a lifelong passion for both writing and telling original stories.

Item No. 9781603429887
$16.95
Show Me a Story: Why Picture Books Matter (Autographed Hardcover)

Signed by Leonard S. Marcus.

In compelling interviews by the acclaimed Leonard S. Marcus, twenty-one top authors and illustrators reveal their inside stories on the art of creating picture books.

Max and Mickey; Miss Nelson; Pack, Quack, and Mrs. Mallard; Pigeon; Sylvester; John Henry; and a very hungry caterpillar — these are just a few of the beloved picture book characters discussed in Show Me a Story. Renowned children’s literature authority Leonard S. Marcus speaks with their creators and others — twenty-one of the world’s most celebrated authors and illustrators
— and asks about their childhood, their inspiration, their determination, their mentors, their creative choices, and more. Amplifying these richly entertaining and thought-provoking conversations are eighty-eight full-color plates revealing each illustrator’s artistic process from sketch to near
-final artwork in fascinating, behind-the-scenes detail. Why do children love and need picture books so much? Recasting and greatly expanding on a volume published in 2002 as Ways of Telling, Leonard S. Marcus confirms that picture books matter because they make a difference in our children’s lives.

Item No. AUTOLM9
$22.99
Silly Starters Write-About Prompts

Young writers are sure to enjoy responding to these fun writing starters! Select a writing task, an object to write about, and an unusual and humorous quality that object has. Each custom-made starter is sure to spark creativity, tickle funny bones, and build writing skills. Perfect for grades 4-8.

Item No. 789892020203
$16.95
Snow DVD
Uri Shuelevitz

DVD adaptation of Uri Shulevitz's Caldecott Honor Book, Snow. Film is shot directly from the original art and are word-for-word narrations of the book text. Running time 6 minutes, 14 seconds.

"Childhood, imagination, and positive thinking all take center stage in this lyrically lovely picture book, where words and illustrations coordinate to produce a complete emotional glow. Lovely background music that imitates quiet snowfall and Guidall's Russian-accented narration resonate in this tale of optimism." - Booklist

Item No. 9781430105145
$9.95
Star, Branch, Spiral Fan
James, Yellena

True beauty is found in nature, making this the perfect sketch book for your art inspiration!

As if being responsible for dazzling sunsets and the aurora borealis were not enough, nature is also guardian to the universal principals of design. With mathematical perfection, its recurring structures seem to magically adapt as they show up in hundreds of ways: the radial star at the center of snowflakes, fruits and flowers, and the arms of starfish; spirals at the heart of nautilus shells, unfurling plants, and swirling storm systems.

Borrowing the beauty of nature's forms can help you create beautiful artwork. Observing the structure of nature's forms can help you to be a better designer. The inspiration is limitless. Nature's design magic is a balancing act found in its perfect ratios. The sections of this sketchbook--Star, Branch, Spiral, and Fan--focus on four of those disceptively simple design principles and why they work. Author/artist Yellena James uses her own nature-based drawings to guide readers toward looking closely at each design form and the places where it occurs. Readers will discover ways to use each form in their own artwork, realistically, abstractly, or as motifs in repeat borders and patterns. In a non-academic fashion, the text explains nature's beautiful balances, and the art of using them when you draw and design.

Item No. 9781631591495
$22.99
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Zipes, Jack
First Published in 2002. Routledge is an imprint of Taylor & Francis, an informa company.
Item No. 9780415938808
$36.95
Stitches (Paperback)
Small, David

A National Book Award finalist; winner of the ALA's Alex Award; a #1 New York Times graphic bestseller; Publishers Weekly and Washington Post Top Ten Books of the Year, Los Angeles Times Favorite Book, ALA Great Graphic Novels, Booklist Editors Choice Award, Huffington Post Great Books of 2009, Kirkus Reviews Best of 2009, Village Voice Best Graphic Novel, finalist for two 2010 Will Eisner Comic Industry Awards (Best Writer/Artist: Nonfiction; Best Reality-Based Work).

Item No. 9780393338966
$16.95
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Moleskine
The Moleskine Art Plus Large Storyboard Notebook is perfect for advertisers, graphic designers and filmmakers and it has 104 pages with 4 frames per page.

Specifications:
- Layout: Structured; 4 Frames per Page
- Dimensions: 5" x 8-1/4"
- Hard Cover with elastic closure and bookmark ribbon.
- Color: Black
- Pages: 104
- Internal Accordion Pocket
- Paper Weight: 165 gsm/111 lb.; FSC Certified Paper; Acid-Free (pH Neutral)

Item No. 9788862933117
$19.95
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Potter, Jean
Children can enjoy their favorite storybook illustrators in a new way by imitating their art with the 100 engaging and simple art projects included in this celebration of children's book illustrators. Featured are famous and award-winning storybook illustrators from the 1930s to present--Good Night Moon's Clement Hurd, Corduroy's Don Freeman, Olivia's Ian Falconer, and more--along with biographical information, open-ended art projects, and portraits created by grade school children. Illustration techniques covered include painting, drawing, cutting and collage, and construction and crafts. Art projects include imitating Jackson Pollock in the "Jackson Piglet Wall Painting" from Olivia and creating a "Photo Story" from children's photos similar to Sugaring Time. An extensive resource guide of illustrator websites, art materials, and supplies listed by project is provided, as well as complete book information for the featured illustrators' works.
Item No. 9780935607031
$18.95
Tales For Little Rebels
Julia L. Mickenberg & Philip Nel

In 1912, a revolutionary chick cries, "Strike down the wall!" and liberates itself from the "egg state." In 1940, ostriches pull their heads out of the sand and unite to fight fascism. In 1972, Baby X grows up without a gender and is happy about it.

Rather than teaching children to obey authority, to conform, or to seek redemption through prayer, twentieth-century leftists encouraged children to question the authority of those in power. Tales for Little Rebels collects forty-three mostly out-of-print stories, poems, comic strips, primers, and other texts for children that embody this radical tradition. These pieces reflect the concerns of twentieth-century leftist movements, like peace, civil rights, gender equality, environmental responsibility, and the dignity of labor. They also address the means of achieving these ideals, including taking collective action, developing critical thinking skills, and harnessing the liberating power of the imagination.

Some of the authors and illustrators are familiar, including Lucille Clifton, Syd Hoff, Langston Hughes, Walt Kelly, Norma Klein, Munro Leaf, Julius Lester, Eve Merriam, Charlotte Pomerantz, Carl Sandburg, and Dr. Seuss. Others are relatively unknown today, but their work deserves to be remembered. (Each of the pieces includes an introduction and a biographical sketch of the author.) From the anti-advertising message of Johnny Get Your Money's Worth (and Jane Too)! (1938) to the entertaining lessons in ecology provided by The Day They Parachuted Cats on Borneo (1971), and Sandburg's mockery of war in Rootabaga Pigeons (1923), these pieces will thrill readers intrigued by politics and history--and anyone with a love of children's literature, no matter what age.

Item No. 9780814757215
$28.00
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Quentin Blake

In 2001, Quentin Blake - the first Children's Laureate - chose twenty-six of his favorite paintings for an exhibition at the National Gallery. Very different artworks were chosen, some by fine artists and some by children's illustrators, but they all had one thing in common: a story to tell. The accompanying book urges children to use their imaginations and look for the stories in the pictures. Reissued with a new introduction from the author, Tell Me A Picture will show a new generation the adventures that await in looking at art.

Item No. 9781847806420
$18.99