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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...

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Jump at the Sun: The True Life Tale of Unstoppable Storycatcher Zora Neale Hurston
Williams, Alicia D
From the Newbery Honor-winning author of Genesis Begins Again comes a shimmering picture book that shines the light on Zora Neale Hurston, the extraordinary writer and storycatcher extraordinaire who changed the face of American literature.

Zora was a girl who hankered for tales...

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Leonardo da Vinci Pop Up Book
Alice Provensen

Free book plate autographed by Alice Provensen with purchase.

The Caldecott Award-winning Provensens have combined artistry and insight to create a unique and beautiful pop-up. Full color.

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Mary Blair's Unique Flair
Novesky, Amy
Mary Blair's favorite color was white - the color of possibility!
Even as a child, Mary Blair loved color, and all she wanted to do was to make art. But becoming an artist wasn't easy. Her parents worked hard to provide her paper and paints, and Mary worked hard to enter contests...
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Maya's Song
Watson, Renée

From bestselling, award-winning creators Renée Watson and Bryan Collier comes a stunningly crafted picture book chronicling the life of poet and activist Maya Angelou.

This unforgettable picture book introduces young readers to the life and work of Maya Angelou, whose...

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Me, Frida - Softcover
Novesky, Amy
Amy Novesky's picture book Me, Frida is an exhilarating true story that encourages children to believe in themselves so they can make their own dreams soar--illustrated by Caldecott Medal and Pura Belpré Honor winning illustrator David Diaz.

Like a tiny bird in a big city...

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My Hands Sing the Blues
Harvey, Jeanne Walker

As a young boy growing up in North Carolina, Romare Bearden listened to his great-grandmother's Cherokee stories and heard the whistle of the train that took his people to the North--people who wanted to be free. When Romare boarded that same train, he watched out the window as the world whizzed...

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My Hands Sing the Blues - Autographed
Harvey, Jeanne Walker

As a young boy growing up in North Carolina, Romare Bearden listened to his great-grandmother's Cherokee stories and heard the whistle of the train that took his people to the...

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Nonsense! Curious Story of Edward Gorey
Mortensen, Lori
A beautifully illustrated and lyrical picture-book biography of eccentric and beloved writer and artist Edward Gorey

In this lyrical biography of one of literature's most creepily creative authors and illustrators, kids will learn about the inspiration behind a generation of...

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Ode to an Onion: Pablo Neruda & His Muse
Giardino, Alexandria
Alexandria Giardinoand Felicita Sala's poetic, beautifully illustrated picture book is inspired by Ode to the Onion by Chilean poet Pablo Neruda (1904-1973).

A Junior Library Guild Selection

Pablo has a lunch date with his friend Matilde, who shows the moody...

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On Her Wings: The Story of Toni Morrison
Nolen, Jerdine
Discover the early life and legacy of groundbreaking American writer Toni Morrison in this beautifully illustrated and "awe-inspiring" (School Library Journal, starred review) nonfiction picture book biography.

Born Chloe Ardelia Wofford in Ohio, Toni Morrison grew up...

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One Fun Day with Lewis Carroll
Krull, Kathleen
The wordsmith Lewis Carroll is famed for the freewheeling world of Wonderland in his beloved classics Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through the Looking Glass. In this gloriously illustrated picture book, Carroll's childlike love of life is showcased alongside his brilliance...
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Ordinary, Extraordinary Jane Austen
Hopkinson, Deborah

A gorgeous and inspiring picture book biography of Jane Austen, one of the most beloved writers of all time, from award-winning author Deborah Hopkinson. This nonfiction picture book is an excellent choice to share during homeschooling, in particular for children ages 4...

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Out of this World: Surreal Art of Leonara Carrington
Markel, Michelle

A gorgeously illustrated picture book biography about the fascinating life of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, from Michelle Markel and Amanda Hall, the acclaimed team behind The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau.

Ever since she was a little girl, Leonora...

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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People
Brown, Monica

A stunning picture book biography from Monica Brown and illustrator Julie Paschkis about one of the world's most enduring and popular poets, Pablo Neruda

Once there was a little boy named Neftalí who loved wild things wildly and quiet things quietly. From the moment he could...

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Paper Son: The Inpiring Story of Tyrus Wong, Immigrant & Artist
Leung, Julie

2021 Asian Pacific American Award Winner

Winner of the American Library Association's 2021 Asian/Pacific American Award for Best Picture Book!

An inspiring picture-book biography of animator Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American immigrant responsible for bringing Disney's Bambi to life.

Before he became an artist...

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People's Painter: How Ben Shahn Fought for Justice with Art
Levinson, Cynthia
A lyrically told, exquisitely illustrated biography of influential Jewish artist and activist Ben Shahn

"The first thing I can remember," Ben said, "I drew."
As an observant child growing up in Lithuania, Ben Shahn yearns to draw everything he sees--and, after seeing his...

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Randolph Caldecott: The Man Who Could Not Stop Drawing
Marcus, Leonard S

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...

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Saving the Countryside: Story of Beatrix Potter
Marshall, Linda
World Magazine's Picture Book of the Year 2020

"Fans of Beatrix Potter will delight in this tribute to her dedication and talent, encapsulating a legacy that reaches far beyond the pages of her beloved books."-Foreword Reviews in a STARRED REVIEW

"Empowering and...

Item No. 9781499809602
Shapes, Lines, and Light - Autographed
Yamasaki, Katie

Minoru Yamasaki described the feeling he sought to create in his buildings as "serenity, surprise, and delight." Here, Katie Yamasaki charts his life and work: his childhood in...

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She Made a Monster: How Mary Shelley Created Frankenstein
Fulton, Lynn
A 2018 New York Times/New York Public Library Best Illustrated Children's Books

On the bicentennial of Frankenstein, join Mary Shelley on the night she created the most frightening monster the world has ever seen.

On a stormy night two hundred years ago, a young woman...

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Silent Days, Silent Dreams
Say, Allen
Caldecott Medal winner Allen Say brings his lavish illustrations and hybrid narrative and artistic styles to the story of artist James Castle.

James Castle was born two months premature on September 25, 1899, on a farm in Garden Valley, Idaho. He was deaf, mute, autistic, and probably...
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Sleeping Gypsy
Gerstein, Mordicai

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The characters in Henri Rousseau's The Sleeping Gypsy inspired Mordicai Gerstein to create an elegant, beautifully illustrated story about them.

A girl, alone in the desert, lies on the sand and sleeps. But she is not alone for long. A lizard, a rabbit, a turtle and other animals come to...

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Small-Girl Toni and the Quest for Gold
Anatol, Giselle
A tall tale inspired by the life and works of Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison.

Young Toni knows that her stories are going to change the world. She's good at spinning a yarn, and in fact, she thinks she might be able to spin her stories into gold if she tries hard enough. Maybe...

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Award-winning illustrator Emily Hughes offers a luminous picture book about the life of renowned Japanese American artist Isamu Noguchi.

Isamu Noguchi is one of the most important sculptors of all time. His Akari lamps changed the way modern buildings light their space. But before he...

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