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Dave the Potter
Hill, Laban Carrick
A Caldecott HonorA Coretta Scott King Award Winner

An award-winning celebration of an American hero
Dave was an extraordinary artist, poet, and potter living in South Carolina in the 1800s. He combined his superb artistry with deeply observant...
Item No. 9780316107310
Dear Mr Dickens
Churnin, Nancy

2021 National Jewish Book Award Winner - Children's Picture Book
2022 Sydney Taylor Book Award Honor for Picture Books
Chicago Public Library Best Informational Books for Younger Readers 2021
The Best Jewish Children's...

Item No. 9780807515303
A Book, Too, Can Be a Star: The Story of Madeleine L'Engle and The Making of A Wrinkle in Time
Adams, Jennifer

An inspiring picture book biography of beloved author Madeleine L'Engle and the making of A Wrinkle in Time.

When Madeleine L'Engle was very small, she often found herself awake at night, marveling at the stars. They guided her throughout her life, making her feel part of a big...

Item No. 9780374388485
A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asa
D'Aquino, Andrea

"I was struck by how beautifully D'Aquino's renderings capture the spirit of Asawa's work." --The New York Times Book Review

"Through this picture-book contribution, not only will Asawa's art reach a new audience, but her artistic practice will inspire the next...

Item No. 9781616898366
A Storm of Horses
Sanderson, Ruth
An inspiring picture book about Rosa Bonheur, the most famous female painter of her century, published to coincide with the 200th anniversary of the artist's birth

In a stunning ode to underrepresented women everywhere, award-winning illustrator Ruth Sanderson tells the untold story of...

Item No. 9781623718480
Ablaze with Color: Story of Painter Alma Thomas
Harvey, Jeanne Walker

Celebrate the life-changing power of art in this inspiring and stunningly illustrated picture book biography of American artist Alma Thomas.

Meet an incredible woman who broke down barriers throughout her whole life and is now known as one of the most preeminent painters...

Item No. 9780063021891
Along Came a Radioactive Spider
Eriksen, Annie Hunter

Spider-Man's web of stories began far before the first drawing of nerdy teenager Peter Parker. They started with Steve Ditko, a kid who loved comics so much that he would brave blizzards to get new issues. Steve was strange--he was introverted, his art was shadowy, and his characters didn't fit...

Item No. 9781645677109
Alphamaniacs: Builders of 26 Wonders of the Word
Fleischman, Paul
Are you a word person? A curiosity seeker? An explorer? Take a look at these twenty-six extraordinary individuals for whom love of language is an extreme sport.

Step right up and read the genuine stories of writers so intoxicated by the shapes and sound of language that they collected,...

Item No. 9780763690663
Ashley Bryan: Words To My Life's Song
Ashley Bryan

Ashley's autobiography is full of art, photographs, and the poignant never-say-never tale of his rich life, a life that has always included drawing and painting. Even as a boy growing up during the Depression, he painted -- finding cast off objects to turn into books and kites and toy and art....

Item No. 9781416905417
Balderdash! John Newbery
Markel, Michelle
This rollicking and fascinating picture book biography chronicles the life of the first pioneer of children's books--John Newbery himself. While most children's books in the 18th century contained lessons and rules, John Newbery imagined them overflowing with entertaining stories, science, and...
Item No. 9780811879224
Bloom: A Story of Fashion Designer Elsa Schiaparelli
Maclear, Kyo

A dazzling picture book biography of one of the world's most influential designers, Elsa Schiaparelli.

Elsa dared to be different, and her story will not only dazzle, it will inspire the artist and fashionista in everyone who reads it. ...

Item No. 9780062447616
Bottle Tops
Goldberg, Alison

Editor's Choice Books for Youth, Booklist
Editor's Choice Books for Youth, Booklist
Children's Africana Book Awards, Howard University Center for African Studies winner

The inspiring biography of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui whose handmade sculptures, created from discarded...

Item No. 9781620149669
Celia Planted a Garden
Schmidt, Gary D
From an all-star team comes a lyrical picture-book biography about a writer and master gardener who created beauty in a harsh island habitat that was visited by literary and artistic luminaries of her time.

Celia Thaxter grew up on a desolate island off the coast of Maine, where her...

Item No. 9781536204292
Cloth Lullaby: Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois
Novesky, Amy
Award-winning creators, Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault, present a picture book biography of a beloved artist in Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois.

Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel,...

Item No. 9781419718816
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings
Burgess, Matthew

ENORMOUS SMALLNESS, A Story of E.E. Cummings explores this poet in words...

Item No. 9781592701711
Exquisite: The Poetry & Life of Gwendolyn Brooks
Slade, Suzanne

2021 Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book

2021 Siebert Honor Book

A picture-book biography of celebrated poet Gwendolyn Brooks, the first Black person to win the Pulitzer Prize

A 2021 Coretta Scott King Book Award Illustrator Honor Book
A 2021 Robert F. Sibert Informational Honor Book

A 2021 Association of Library...

Item No. 9781419734113
Following My Paint Brush

Following My Paint Brush is the story of Dulari Devi, a domestic helper who went on to become an artist in the Mithila style of folk painting from Bihar, eastern India. Dulari is from a community of fisherfolk, and she discovered painting while working as a domestic labourer in an artist’s house...

Item No. 9789383145171
Frida Kahlo and her Animalitos
Brown, Monica
Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor 2018
ALA Notable Children's Book 2018
New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Book of 2017
Item No. 9780735842694
Frida Kahlo: Artist Painted
Frith, Margaret
Through original artwork by the renowned artist Tomie dePaola-a longtime aficionado of Frida Kahlo's work-as well as beautiful reproductions of Kahlo's paintings, this latest Smart About book explores the creative, imaginative world of Mexico's most celebrated female artist.
Item No. 9780448426778
Funny Bones
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Discover the story behind José Guadalupe Posada's iconic Día de Muertos skeletons in this fascinating picture book from award-winning creator Duncan Tonatiuh.

A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book of the Year
A Robert F. Sibert Medal Winner

Item No. 9781419716478
Hi, I'm Norman: Story of Norman Rockwell
Burleigh, Robert
"An inviting and admiring introduction to an important American artist." --Kirkus Reviews

From award-winning author Robert Burleigh comes a striking, intimate picture book biography about an American icon--beloved artist Norman Rockwell.

Norman Rockwell is best known...

Item No. 9781442496705
Holding Her Own: The Exceptional Life of Jackie Ormes
Todd, Traci N

Coretta Scott King Illustrator Honor Book - Robert F. Sibert Honor Book

An evocative picture book biography about the prolific life of Jackie Ormes, whose groundbreaking cartoons became some of the first empowering depictions of Black women in America!

Jackie Ormes made...

Item No. 9781338305906
Hope is An Arrow
McCarthy, Cory
A lyrical biography of Kahlil Gibran by award-winning writer Cory McCarthy, with glorious illustrations by Caldecott Honoree and two-time Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award winner Ekua Holmes.

Before Kahlil Gibran became the world's third-best-selling poet of all time, he was Gibran...

Item No. 9781536200324
Hot Pink: The Life & Fashions of Elsa Schiaparelli
Susan Goldman Rubin
Shocking pink—hot pink, as it is called today—was the signature color of Elsa Schiaparelli (1890–1973) and perhaps her greatest contribution to the fashion world. Schiaparelli was one of the most innovative designers in the early 20th century. Many design elements that are taken for granted...
Item No. 9781419716423
It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way
Maclear, Kyo

* 4 Starred Reviews *

* An Indie Next List Pick *

"Playful, bold, and, much like its subject, full of grace." --Jillian Tamaki, Caldecott Honor winner for This One Summer

"It Began with a...

Item No. 9780062447623