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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Arts Books for Youth
Arts and Culture in the Early Islamic World. By Lizann Flatt. 2012. illus. Crabtree, lib. ed., $30.60 (9780778721673). Gr. 5–7.
This striking title in the Life in the Early Islamic World series introduces the important roles that many of the arts—especially calligraphy, architecture, and the decorative arts—have had in Islamic culture.
Blue Chicken. By Deborah Freedman. Illus. by the author. 2011. Viking, $15.99 (9780670012930). PreS–Gr. 2.
A quiet morning, perfect for painting, becomes awash with blue when a chicken steps out of the storyboard and onto an artist’s desk, where it accidently tips over a jar of paint.
DJ Rising. By Love Maia. 2012. Little, Brown, $17.99 (9780316121873). Gr. 8–12.
In this fresh debut novel, 16-year-old half-black/half-Puerto Rican Marley (born at a Bob Marley concert) dreams of becoming a professional DJ and spinning records at a nightclub.
The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau. By Michelle Markel. Illus. by Amanda Hall. 2012. Eerdmans, $17 (9780802853646). K–Gr. 3.
The career of artist Henri Rousseau gets a wonderfully child-friendly treatment in this picture book that captures both his personality and the essence of his naive-style paintings.
Harlem’s Little Blackbird: The Story of Florence Mills. By Renée Watson. Illus. by Christian Robinson. 2012. Random, $17.99 (9780375869730). Gr. 1–3.
With a text that stylistically sings yet is packed with information, this picture book introduces a little-known singer of the Harlem Renaissance. Robinson’s simple collage shapes with folk-art appeal add warmth.
I. M. Pei: Architect of Time, Place, and Purpose. By Jill Rubalcaba. 2011. illus. Marshall Cavendish, $23.99 (9780761459736). Gr. 7–10.
A handsome introduction to the life and work of famed architect I. M. Pei, whose projects include the John F. Kennedy Presidential Library and the East Building of the National Gallery of Art.
It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw. By Don Tate. Illus. by R. Gregory Christie. 2012. Lee & Low, $17.95 (9781600602603). Gr. 2–4.
Bill Traylor, once homeless on the streets of Montgomery, started drawing at age 85 on everything from the sidewalk to discarded cardboard boxes. Today, he is recognized as a master of “outsider art.”
Jazz Age Josephine. By Jonah Winter. Illus. by Marjorie Priceman. 2012. Atheneum, $16.99 (9781416961239). K–Gr. 3.
This dazzling picture-book biography of singer, dancer, and all-around entertainer Josephine Baker is delivered in Winter’s dancing syncopated language and Priceman’s kinetic artwork.
Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! By Jonah Winter. Illus. by Kevin Hawkes. 2012. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $17.99 (9780545132916). Gr. 2–4.
In words and visuals, a powerhouse team captures the ever-changing creativity that was Picasso’s hallmark by mirroring it in the picture book’s ebullient, often disconcerting design. A combustible experience.
Monsieur Marceau: Actor without Words. By Leda Schubert. Illus. by Gérard DuBois. 2012. Roaring Brook/Neal Porter, $17.99 (9781596435292). Gr. 2–4.
This riveting picture-book biography of Marcel Marceau, “the maestro of mime,” distills the complex life of the man behind the whiteface makeup. DuBois’s paintings expand the text both visually and emotionally.
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