The World of Art in MORE Kid’s Books
As promised in January’s post about Art Books, here is another bunch of books about art, artists, and some fiction stories featuring art.
BOOKS ABOUT A SINGLE ARTIST
by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan, illustrated by Robert Andrew Parker
Jackson Pollack was nicknamed “Action Jackson” because he used his whole body to create his paintings. This book follows his process while he paints Number 1, 1950, one of his most famous paintings. I’ve always like Pollack’s paintings and really enjoyed this inside view.
by Robert Burleigh, illustrated by Wendell Minor
When Edward Hopper was a boy, he wrote Edward Hopper, Would-Be Artist on his pencil box. This book covers his life as he studies and paints. Although it took time to until his talent recognized, Hopper became one of America’s best known artists. The painted illustrations are terrific.
by Faith Ringgold
Henry Ossawa Tanner knew he wanted to be an artist when he was 13 years old. But since he was African American and it was only eight years after the end of the Civil War, this was a tough dream to meet. This book is full of information about Tanner and has many photos of his work—wonderful oil paintings
by Jeanne Walker Harvey, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon
Romare Bearden’s art was filled with collages that told about where he came from, African American culture, and the life all around him. This book’s rhyming text and the amazing illustrations make me want to know a lot more about Bearden’s work.
by Kathy Whitehead and Shane W. Evans
Clementine Hunter grew up picking cotton on a plantation. When she was in her fifties, she began painting, using discarded art materials and her memories. In time, she became recognized for her talent. But even when her work started to appear in galleries, she wasn’t allowed in the front door, due to the color of her skin. As with all great picture books, this book tells a powerful story with few words and outstanding illustrations.
BOOKS ABOUT MANY ARTISTS
by Jon Scieszka and Lane Smith
A boy is looking for his friend Art. He asks everyone he sees, “Have you seen Art?” Unfortunately, they think he’s looking for works of art and direct him to the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. He doesn’t find Art (at least not until the end), but he does get to see some wonderful art.
by Judith Cressy
Readers are invited to look at twenty paintings and find details (man in red cap, pair of porcupines, 22 eyes, winged women, man on fire…) Sound easy? Not at all. But definitely fun.
by Heather Alexander, illustrated by Meredith Hamilton
Thirty-five mostly Western artists from the Middle Ages to the present day are covered in this book. Each artist’s section has a brief bio, a work by the artist (with details to notice), and an activity.
STORIES FEATURING ART
by Meredith Hooper, illustrated by Bee Willey
Felissima Cat is outraged. After touring an art gallery she sees all these famous paintings that have no cats in them. So she goes to her studio and paints the masterpieces again, this time adding cats. She then tours other galleries and does the same. Fun story!
by Kelly Light
Louise loves to create art and draws all the time. She’s determined to create a masterpiece and works hard to do so. But what happens when her brother wants to add his own spin on her masterpiece? This is a story about the love of art and of family.
Ping is a boy who is afraid of dragons. To hide his fear, he paints them on every surface. The dragons in heaven who saw his paintings were so pleased they decide to pay Ping a visit. They see Ping’s fear and give him three pearls of wisdom. Ping then goes out to visit the dragons of water, fire, earth, and wind, who help him face his fear. This is a gorgeous book that shows the power of art.
by Anuradha, illustrated by Shailja Jain
In rangoli, patterns are created on the floor in living rooms or courtyards using materials such as colored rice, dry flour, colored sand, or flower petals. In this story, a girl learns about this type of art, which is appearing all over her neighborhood.
No doubt there will be more great books about art and artists. I look forward to doing a new art book post, perhaps by the end of the year.