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CHLOE AND THE LION

chloe and the lion cover
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Barnett
Author's First Name: 
Mac
Illustrator's First Name: 
Adam
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Rex
Publisher: 
Disney Hyperion
Publication Date: 
2012

Author and illustrator learn they must work together despite artistic differences, or the book they each imagine will never exist. The story about Chloe differentiates from the story of the story through cartoon art including balsa backdrops, Sculpey clay figures, and computer graphics.

THE BOOK OF MISTAKES

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Luyken
Author's First Name: 
Corinna
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dial/Random House)
Publication Month: 
April
Publication Date: 
2017
2017 Nomination (not yet selected): 
It all starts with a lightly drawn circle, and then a dot that's too large, and that's how the picture that is found in the middle of this book begins. "Mistakes" advance the story, as they get incorporated into the images and the action. An empty world becomes very full and active by mid book and then reverberates back to the all important question, Do You See, Now, Who she could be? An original look at how art evolves, be it an illustration, or a story, or a song.....let your imagination soar and the "mistakes" begin. (Edie Ching) Up to 7.

STILL LIFE WITH TORNADO

Cover image of Still Life with Tornado
Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
King
Author's First Name: 
A. S.
Publisher: 
Penguin (Dutton)
Publication Date: 
2016

 At sixteen, Sarah finds that she can no longer draw. Is this an existential crisis or is something else going on? Sarah's search to find the reality inside her tornado takes us into the world of domestic violence - the depths the mind will go to in order to protect itself and the almost impossible task of finding the way out.

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.

 

MAYBE SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL: HOW ART TRANSFORMED A NEIGHBORHOOD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Campoy
Author's First Name: 
F. Isabel
Second Author's First Name: 
Theresa
Second Author's Last Name: 
Howell
Illustrator's First Name: 
Rafael
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Lopez
Publisher: 
HMH (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
Publication Date: 
2016

A young girl inspires an artist with her joyful, colorful drawings—and together with their neighbors transform the gray sidewalks and gray buildings of their community with bright murals.

 

I'LL GIVE YOU THE SUN

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Nelson
Author's First Name: 
Jandy
Publisher: 
Dial
Publication Date: 
2014

At sixteen, formerly inseparable twins Noah and Jude have stopped speaking to each other after a horrific accident. Their alternating voices tell how they begin to heal by sharing their lives and art again. A powerful story of sibling love and rivalry.

EMILY'S BLUE PERIOD

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Daly
Author's First Name: 
Cathleen
Illustrator's First Name: 
Lisa
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Brown
Publisher: 
Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: 
2014

Learning about the colorful mixed up artwork of Pablo Picasso helps young Emily deal with her newly mixed up family. A lovely tale of coping and growing.

THE SCRAPS BOOK: NOTES FROM A COLORFUL LIFE

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Ehlert
Author's First Name: 
Lois
Publisher: 
Beach Lane
Publication Date: 
2014

Ehlert takes the reader on a visual journey of the process of her art from early creative attempts to the end products we know and love. It is a celebration of her inspiration and her encouragement to future "book makers."

THE MAD POTTER GEORGE E. OHR: ECCENTRIC GENIUS

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Greenberg
Author's First Name: 
Jan
Second Author's First Name: 
Sandra
Second Author's Last Name: 
Jordan
Publisher: 
Neal Porter Book/Roaring Brook Press
Publication Date: 
2013

The value of George Ohr’s “art pottery,” as unconventional as he, became recognized fifty years after his death. Vivid narration, photographs, and quotes form Potter’s autobiographical article (1901) present an engaging, well-researched look at an artist and his legacy.

WHEN THE BEAT WAS BORN: DJ KOOL HERC AND THE CREATION OF HIP HOP

Author Information
Author's Last Name: 
Hill
Author's First Name: 
Laban Carrick
Illustrator's First Name: 
Theodore
Illustrator's Last Name: 
Taylor III
Publisher: 
Roaring Brook
Publication Date: 
2013

Bright, stylized illustrations show young Jamaican Clive’s passion for music. He moved to New York’s Bronx and transformed into DJ Kool Herc by using two turntables to play hip-hop breaks for adoring street dancers, thereby creating a new American music form.

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