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Picture Books (JE)

Beaumont I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!    (In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places. )
McCarty Jeremy Draws a Monster    (A young boy draws a monster who quickly becomes a monstrous nuisance. )
Morales Viva Frida    (Explores the passionate, imaginative life of the incomparable Frida Kahlo. Includes a biographical note.)
Pinkwater Bear's Picture    (A bear continues to paint what he likes despite criticism from two passing gentlemen.)
Reynolds The Dot    (Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind. )
Scieszka Seen Art?    (A boy wanders through the Museum of Modern Art looking for his friend Art. )
Tullet Mix It Up!    (Simple directions lead the reader to experiment with mixing and changing colors on the printed page.)
Wiesner Art and Max    (Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip.)
Yates Dog Loves Drawing    (Dog loves drawing so much that he draws his very own adventure. )

Children’s Fiction (J)

Broach Masterpiece!    (Marvin, a beetle, and James, an 11 year-old boy work together to help recover a Dürer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.)
Cole A Nest for Celeste    (Celeste, a mouse longing for a home, becomes a source of inspiration to Joseph, assistant to the artist and naturalist John Audubon. )
Fitzgerald Under the Egg    (Her grandfather's dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable painting.)
Konigsburg From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler    (Claudia and her younger brother run away to live in the Metropolitan Museum of Art.)
Malone The Sixty-Eight Rooms    (When Ruthie and her sixth-grade class visit the Chicago Art Institute, she and her friend Jack discover a magic key that allows them to explore the Thorne Rooms. )

Junior High Fiction (Y)

Draanen Sammy Keyes and the Art of Deception    (Seventh-grade sleuth Sammy Keyes investigates mysterious happenings at a local art gallery. )
Balliett Chasing Vermeer    (When a precious Vermeer painting disappears, Petra and Calder combine their talents to solve an international art scandal.)
Carter Heist Society    (A group of teenagers uses their combined talents to re-steal several priceless paintings and save fifteen-year-old Kat Bishop's father from a vengeful collector. )
Cotrell Boyce Framed    (In order to save the family business, Dylan and his sisters concoct a scheme to steal famous art works with hilarious results. )

Nonfiction, Folktales & Poetry

J709.2 Matisse Matisse's Garden    (This book show great art of Matisse and how he created them. )
J709.2 WI An Eye for Color    (The painter Josef Albers saw art in simple things, painting squares, and manipulating color. )
J759.13 BU Edward Hopper Paints His World     (Robert Burleigh invites young readers into the world of a truly special American painter.)
J759.13 Pippin A Splash of Red: the Life and Art of Horace Pippin    (Jen Bryant and Melissa sweet team up once again to share this inspiring story of a self-taught painter from humble beginnings who despite many obstacles.)
J759.6 Picasso Just Behave Pablo Picasso    (For every young artist who's drawn something other kids think is "ugly," this story is sure to inspire. )
J759.7 Kandinsky The noisy paint box : the colors and sounds of Kandinsky's abstract art     (Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.)
Y759 WE 13 Art Mysteries Children Should Know    (Thirteen mysteries from the art world, including questions about the Mona Lisa, Van Gogh, and the street artist Banksy. )

Last Updated: 2/15

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