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Artist Biographies

The Boy Who Drew Birds
Davies, Jacqueline
This fascinating picture book biography from beloved author of the Lemonade War series Jacqueline Davies and Caldecott honor-winning illustrator Melissa Sweet chronicles the life of scientist John James Audubon, who pioneered a technique essential to our understanding of birds thanks to his...
Item No. 9780618243433
The Iridescence of Birds
MacLachlan, Patricia

If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures?

Find out in this beautiful, unusual picture book about one of the world's most famous and influential...

Item No. 9781596439481
The Noisy Paint Box
Rosenstock, Barb
A Caldecott Honor Book

Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when his family sent him to art classes, they expected him to paint pretty houses and flowers--like a proper artist.


Item No. 9780307978486
The Right Word: Roget and His Thesaurus
Bryant, Jen

"Words, Peter learned, were powerful things. And when he put them in long, neat rows, he felt as if the world itself clicked into order."

For shy young Peter Mark Roget, books were the best companions -- and it wasn't long before Peter began writing his own book. But he didn't write...

Item No. 9780802853851
Secret Kingdom: NEK Chand, a Changing India, and a Hidden World of Art
Rosenstock, Barb
A 2019 Orbis Pictus Honor Book

The incredible story of the world's largest visionary environment: the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, kept secret by outsider artist Nek Chand for fifteen years.

After the partition of India in 1947, Nek Chand Saini settled in the city of...

Item No. 9780763674755
The World is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid
Winter, Jeanette
A Washington Post Best Children's Book of 2017
Parents' Choice Recommended

Get to know Zaha Hadid in this nonfiction picture book about the famed architect's life and her triumph over adversity from celebrated author-illustrator Jeanette Winter.


Item No. 9781481446693
Tomfoolery! Randolph Caldecott and the Rambunctious Coming-of-Age of Children's Books
Markel, Michelle

A Kirkus Reviews Best Picture Book of 2023
A Publishers Weekly Best Book of 2023


"Exuberant."―Horn Book Magazine, starred review

"Excellent."--Booklist, starred review


Item No. 9780811879231
Viva Frida
Morales, Yuyi

A 2015 Caldecott Honor Book
A 2015 Pura Belpré (Illustrator) Award

Distinguished author/illustrator Yuyi Morales illuminates Frida's life and work in this elegant and fascinating book, Viva Frida.

Frida Kahlo, one of the world's most famous and unusual artists is...

Item No. 9781596436039
Walt Whitman
Kerley, Barbara
The pioneering team that brought you Caldecott Honor Book The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins lends their vision, flair, and unique style to Walt Whitman--poet, American icon, Civil War hero.

Did you know that poet Walt Whitman was also a Civil War nurse? Devastated by his country...
Item No. 9780439357913