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February 15, 2018 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Arts Books for Youth
Clayton Byrd Goes Underground. By Rita Williams-Garcia. 2017. illus. Amistad, $16.99 (9780062215918). Gr. 5–8.
With expert precision and melodic language, Williams-Garcia tells the story of Clayton Byrd as he mourns for the grandpa who introduced him to the blues and struggles to understand his mother’s animosity toward her father.
Landscape with Invisible Hand. By M. T. Anderson. 2017. Candlewick, $16.99 (9780763687892). Gr. 9–12.
Adam, an aspiring artist, paints landscapes depicting the gradual invasion of Earth by a coffee-table-shaped alien race, the vuvv. A biting, elegant, and hilarious satire.
Maya Lin: Thinking with Her Hands. By Susan Goldman Rubin. 2017. illus. Chronicle, $17.99 (9781452108377). Gr. 4–7.
Rubin’s thorough examination of this modern architect extends far past the memorial for which she is best known. Finely designed and endlessly compelling.
Noteworthy. By Riley Redgate. 2017. Abrams/Amulet, $17.95 (9781419723735). Gr. 9–12.
Jordan Sun’s low voice and Chinese features keep her from getting cast at her performing-arts school, but when she dresses like a boy and goes by Julian Zhang, voilà! The elite all-boys a cappella group has a brand-new tenor.
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire. By Amy Guglielmo and Jacqueline Tourville. Illus. by Brigette Barrager. 2017. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781481461313). PreS–Gr. 3.
Color-loving Mary Blair chafes against her rule-following fellow cartoonists at Walt Disney Studios, but she gets a chance to shine when Walt asks her to design a ride. Vibrant artwork mimics Blair’s inimitable style.
Pointe, Claw. By Amber J. Keyser. 2017. Carolrhoda/Lab, $18.99 (9781467775915). Gr. 9–12.
Jessie is performing in an experimental ballet that forces her to tap into raw emotions. Dawn awakes from mysterious blackouts covered in dirt and blood. When the old friends reconnect, they become locked in an empowering, animalistic duet.
The Quilts of Gee’s Bend. By Susan Goldman Rubin. 2017. illus. Abrams, $21.95 (9781419721311). Gr. 5–8.
Celebrating the deep-rooted needlework tradition of rural Gee’s Bend, Alabama, this slim volume traces the history of the African American community and the renowned artwork they still produce today.
Silent Days, Silent Dreams. By Allen Say. Illus. by the author. 2017. Scholastic/Arthur A. Levine, $21.99 (9780545927611). Gr. 3–6.
Chameleonic Say re-creates the haunting, evocative art style of the relatively unknown American artist James Castle to illustrate this lightly fictionalized narrative of the deaf and mute self-taught artist’s life.
Stone Mirrors: The Sculpture and Silence of Edmonia Lewis. By Jeannine Atkins. 2017. Atheneum, $17.99 (9781481459051). Gr. 9–12.
This splendid novel in verse fills out the scanty details of the life of renowned black, Native American sculptor Edmonia Lewis with lyrical, sensorial glimpses of her vivid interior world.
Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers. By Deborah Heiligman. 2017. Holt, $19.99 (9780805093391). Gr. 9–12.
Vincent and Theo van Gogh’s relationship is the focus of Heiligman’s painterly joint biography of the brothers, and she persuasively makes the case that there’d be no Vincent without Theo, and vice versa.
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