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April 15, 2017 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Arts Books for Youth
From ballet and punk rock, to photography, to weird and wonderful paper sculpture, this year’s top 10 arts books, reviewed in Booklist from November 1, 2015, through October 15, 2016, will bring the studio, gallery, and concert hall to your shelves.
Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois. By Amy Novesky. Illus. by Isabelle Arsenault. 2016. Abrams, $18.95 (9781419718816). Gr. 1–3.
Beautifully scratchy, ink-splotched illustrations and evocative text bring abstract expressionist Louise Bourgeois’ childhood vividly to life.
Emma and Julia Love Ballet. By Barbara McClintock. Illus. by the author. 2016. Scholastic, $16.99 (9780439894012). PreS–Gr. 1.
Mirrored narratives follow Emma, a little girl taking ballet, and Julia, a ballerina in a professional company, on a day filled with dancing.
The Haters. By Jesse Andrews. 2016. Abrams/Amulet, $18.95 (9781419720789). Gr. 10–12.
Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph. By Roxane Orgill. Illus. by Francis Vallejo. 2016. Candlewick, $18.99 (9780763669546). Gr. 5–8.
This collection of swingy poems and dynamic illustrations captures both the players and the mood on the day Art Kane took an iconic photograph of 57 jazz greats on a Harlem stoop.
Let Your Voice Be Heard: The Life and Times of Pete Seeger. By Anita Silvey. 2016. Clarion, $17.99 (9780547330129). Gr. 5–8.
Making excellent use of primary source materials, this lively, informative biography introduces folksinger Pete Seeger, his life and activism, and some facets of American history that will likely be new to most children.
The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue. By Suzanne Slade. Illus. by Stacy Innerst. 2016. Boyds Mills/Calkins Creek, $17.95 (9781629790992). Gr. 3–5.
This celebration of the iconic Rhapsody in Blue introduces its composer and highlights how the clackety-clack of the trains, jazzy Harlem tunes, and noise of the city influenced Gershwin’s groundbreaking concerto.
Naked ’76. By Kevin Brooks. 2016. Carolrhoda/Lab, $18.99 (9781512404180). Gr. 9–12.
In the burgeoning 1970s London punk scene, 16-year-old Lili’s life changes when Curtis asks her to be the bassist for his band, and she finds herself immersed in a tumultuous relationship and the raw drive of punk.
Painting Pepette. By Linda Ravin Lodding. Illus. by Claire Fletcher. 2016. little bee, $17.99 (9781499801361). PreS–Gr. 2.
Josette Bobette wants a painting of her beloved pet rabbit, Pepette, so she wanders a bustling 1920s Paris and asks some unnamed (but quite recognizable) artists to take on the job.
Some Things I’ve Lost. By Cybele Young. Illus. by the author. 2015. Groundwood, $19.95 (9781554983391). PreS–Gr. 2.
Young’s intricate, imaginative paper sculptures unfurl from ordinary objects into increasingly bizarre, dreamlike shapes on brilliantly designed gatefold pages.
Still Life with Tornado. By A. S. King. 2016. Dutton, $17.99 (9781101994887). Gr. 8–11.
When artistically talented Sarah suddenly can’t draw anymore, past and future versions of herself appear and help her piece together the truth at the heart of her crisis, and though it initially seemed trifling, she discovers it’s much, much bigger.
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