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Artist Biographies

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
$18.99
A Boy Named Isamu
Yang, James
Awarded an Asian/Pacific American Award for Literature Picture Book Honor, this stunning picture book brings to life the imagination of Japanese American artist, Isamu Noguchi.

(Cover image may vary.)

If you are Isamu, stones are the most special of all.
How can they...

Item No. 9780593203446
$17.99
A Boy, A Mouse & a Spider: Story of E.B. White
Herkert, Barbara

A lyrical biography of E. B. White, beloved author of Charlotte's Web and Stuart Little, written by Barbara Herkert and illustrated by Caldecott honoree Lauren Castillo.

When young Elwyn White lay in bed as a sickly child, a bold house mouse befriended him. When the...

Item No. 9781627792455
$18.99
A Life Made by Hand: The Story of Ruth Asa
D'Aquino, Andrea
Ruth Asawa (1926-2013) was an influential and award-winning sculptor, a beloved figure in the Bay Area art world, and a devoted activist who advocated tirelessly for arts education. This lushly illustrated book by collage artist Andrea D'Aquino brings Asawa's creative journey to life, detailing the...
Item No. 9781616898366
$17.95
A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams
Bryant, Jen
2009 Caldecott Honor Book
An ALA Notable Book
A New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Book
A Charlotte Zolotow Honor Book
NCTE Notable Children's Book

When he wrote poems, he felt as free as the Passaic River as it rushed to the...

Item No. 9780802853028
$18.00
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
$18.99
Ashley Bryan's Puppets
Bryan, Ashley
Beloved Coretta Scott King Award-winning storyteller and creator Ashley Bryan reveals the vibrant spirit of found objects in this magnificent treasury of poetry and puppets.

Little Cranberry Island. It's a small island, with fewer than a hundred inhabitants, but it's got more than its...

Item No. 9781442487284
$19.99
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
$19.99
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
$17.99
Before They Were Artists: Famous Illustrators as Kids
Haidle, Elizabeth
This vibrantly illustrated graphic novel anthology brings to life the childhood experiences of beloved artists and illustrators such as Wanda Gág, Maurice Sendak, and Jerry Pinkney. Stylish illustrations paired with small vignettes and anecdotes from the artists' early lives helps...
Item No. 9781328801548
$17.99
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
$17.99
Bottle Tops
Goldberg, Alison

The inspiring biography of Ghanaian artist El Anatsui whose handmade sculptures, created from discarded bottle tops, have received international acclaim and been showcased around the world.

If you touch something, you leave a charge on it and anybody else touching it connects with you,...

Item No. 9781620149669
$20.95
Breaking Waves: Winslow Homer Paints the Sea - To Be Autographed 11/06
Burleigh, Robert
When Winslow Homer watches the sea, he studies it patiently, making sure to notice every detail before bringing it to life again in his paintings.

The fabled painter Winslow Homer always had a deep respect for the elemental power and beauty of the ever-changing ocean. Whenever he...

Item No. 9780823447022
$18.99
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
$18.99
Cloth Lullaby: Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois
Novesky, Amy
Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, Maman, stands more than 30 feet high. Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise's own mother was a weaver of...
Item No. 9781419718816
$18.95
Diego Rivera: His World & Ours
Tonatiuh, Duncan
Discover the life and legacy of celebrated Mexican artist Diego Rivera in this picture book by award-winning author and illustrator Duncan Tonatiuh

A Pura Belpré Illustrator Award Winner!

Diego Rivera, one of the most famous painters of the twentieth century, was once just a...

Item No. 9780810997318
$17.95
Emily Writes: Emily Dickinson & Her Poetic Beginnings
Yolen, Jane

Jane Yolen's Emily Writes is an imagined and evocative picture book account of Emily Dickinson's childhood poetic beginnings, featuring illustrations by Christine Davenier.

As a young girl, Emily Dickinson loved to scribble curlicues and circles, imagine new rhymes, and connect...

Item No. 9781250128089
$18.99
Enormous Smallness: A Story of E.E. Cummings
Burgess, Matthew

Enormous Smallness is a nonfiction picture book about the poet E.E. cummings. Here E.E.'s life is presented in a way that will make children curious about him and will lead them to play with words and ask plenty of questions as well. Lively and informative, the book also presents some of...

Item No. 9781592701711
$17.95
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 Service to...

Item No. 9781419734113
$17.99
Fancy Party Gowns
Blumenthal, Deborah
A beautiful picture book about Ann Cole Lowe, a little-known African-American fashion designer who battled personal and social adversity in order to pursue her passion of making beautiful gowns and went on to become one of society's top designers.

Wisps of cloth would fall from their...

Item No. 9781499802399
$17.99
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
$10.95
Frida-HB
Winter, Jonah

This long-awaited companion to Jonah Winter's acclaimed DIEGO features the paintings of young Spanish artist, Ana Juan. This stunning picture book is the perfect gift for art enthusiasts of all ages.

When her mother was worn out from caring for her five sisters, her father gave her...

Item No. 9780590203203
$19.99
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

Barnes...

Item No. 9780735842694
$17.95
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
$5.99
Funny Bones
Tonatiuh, Duncan
A ​New York Times Best Illustrated Children's Books of 2015
A Robert F. Sibert Award Winner
A Pura Belpré Illustrator Honor Book

An ALA/ALSC Notable Children's Book

Discover the story behind José Guadalupe Posada's iconic Día de Muertos...

Item No. 9781419716478
$18.95