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RADIANT CHILD: THE STORY OF YOUNG ARTIST JEAN-MICHEL BASQUIAT

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Steptoe
Author's First Name: 
Javaka
Illustrator's First Name: 
Javaka
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Steptoe
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Date: 
2016

 Steptoe channels Basquiat’s chaotic energy and creative genius in a picture book biography honoring the artist’s spectacular rise and premature death. Vibrant colors hum on materials salvaged from Basquiat’s former haunts, and detailed end notes complement the simple, heartfelt narrative.

 

FUNNY BONES: POSADA AND HIS DAY OF THE DEAD CALAVERAS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Tonatiuh
Author's First Name: 
Duncan
Illustrator's First Name: 
Duncan
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Tonatiuh
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2015

Over a hundred years ago, Mexican printmaker José Posada popularized the calaveras—skull images—now popular around the world. The illustrations mix Tonatiuh’s signature style inspired by ancient Mexican art with original Posada prints.

Hear author Laura Elliott talk about her new book at the National Gallery Nov. 8, 2 p.m.

When editor Katherine Tegen visited with us last month she was very enthusiastic about Laura Elliott's new book, Da Vinci's Tiger, based on the painting: Leonardo's Ginevra de'Benci. Laura will be speaking about her book at the National Gallery of Art,the home of the painting, the only da Vinci permanently housed in the Americas. Join her Sunday Nov 8 at 2 p.m. and learn about this young, beautiful, witty subject an what inspired Laura to write the book.

A DRAGON'S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS

A DRAGON'S GUIDE TO THE CARE AND FEEDING OF HUMANS
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Yep
Author's First Name: 
Laurence
Second Author's First Name: 
Joanne
Second Author's Last Name: 
Ryder
Narrator's First Name: 
Susan
Narrator's Last Name: 
Denaker
Publisher: 
Abrams
Publication Date: 
2015

 The voice of curmudgeonly dragon Miss Drake is outstanding in this wonderful tale of magic, loss, and friendship. Despite different assumptions, Miss Drake thinks she has a new pet human while Winnie thinks she has a new pet dragon, a friendship is forged. Winnie is a talented artist whose drawings magically crawl off the page into an unsuspecting San Francisco. Will the two friends be able to corral the creatures? A great family listen.

BRUSH OF THE GODS

Brush of the Gods
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Look
Author's First Name: 
Lenore
Illustrator's First Name: 
Meilo
Illustrator's Last Name: 
So
Publisher: 
Schwartz & Wade
Publication Date: 
2013

Enchanting Chinese-style watercolors depict Wu Daozi’s decision to create shapes with his brush as a child rather than calligraphy. This T’ang Dynasty painter’s work was so real that its butterflies flew, camels raced, and dragons roared.

 

 

DRAWING FROM MEMORY

Drawing from Memory
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Say
Author's First Name: 
Allen
Publisher: 
Scholastic
Publication Date: 
2011

DAVE THE POTTER: ARTIST, POET, SLAVE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hill
Author's First Name: 
Laban Carrick
Illustrator's First Name: 
Bryan
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Collier
Publisher: 
Little, Brown
Publication Month: 
September
Publication Date: 
2010

Dave, a nineteenth-century slave, made beautiful clay pots, on which he often inscribed poems.  The simple prose and earth-toned watercolor and collage illustrations lovingly evoke his strong hands, his care, his craft, and some hidden secrets for readers to discover.

BEAR'S PICTURE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Pinkwater
Author's First Name: 
Daniel
Illustrator's First Name: 
D.B.
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Johnson
Publisher: 
Houghton Mifflin
Publication Date: 
2008

Bears can’t draw. At least, that’s what two patronizing gentlemen tell an aspiring ursine artist. Cubist-style illustrations, a gradually expanding palette, and sly visual details combine to celebrate the triumph of self-expression and creativity.

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