Picture Books By Topic: art

Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey

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By: Melissa Eskridge Slaymaker
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
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Description: Creative life, imagination and perseverance, love of color. Real life Grandma P. builds her own creative home from bottles and other found materials. Sadly out of print, but still available.
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Dream: A Tale of Wonder, Wisdom and Wishes

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By: Susan V. Bosak
Illustrated by: multiple award winning artists
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Description: Strengths and challenges of life stages, hopes and dreams for the future no matter what age; beautifully illustrated, includes quotes and inspiration.
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Family Pictures/Cuadros de Familia

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By: Carmen Lomas Garza
Description: Non-fiction. Folk paintings and brief narratives recall the artist’s growing up in a large Hispanic family in Texas. Diversity/Multicultural – Hispanic (American), bilingual – Spanish/English, families, everyday activities, memoir
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The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

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By: Michelle Markel
Illustrated by: Amanda Hall
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Description: Self-taught artist Rousseau begins painting late in life and perseveres despite poverty & criticism.
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Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keefe

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By: Kathryn Lasky
Illustrated by: Ora Eiten
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Description: A day in the life of famous artist Georgia O'Keefe as an active woman in her 90's.
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Grandma in Blue with Red Hat

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By: Scott Menchin
Illustrated by: Harry Bliss
Description: When a young boy learns about what makes art special--sometimes it's beautiful, sometimes it's funny, sometimes it tells a story--he realizes that these same characteristics are what make his grandmother special, too. As a result, he finds the inspiration to create his own masterpiece that's one of a kind. (Description-- Abrams Books)
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Henri’s Scissors

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By: Jeanette Winter
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Description: Non-fiction bio of artist Henri Matisse.
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How Old Am I?

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By: Julie Pugeat
Illustrated by: JR
Description: A first-ever children's visual reference book on age - and a unique celebration of the diversity of humankind around the globe. Created by the iconic street artist JR for young readers aged 4-8. For young children, the concept of age is abstract when they don't have a relatable context ... until now! This unique book showcases the faces and life stories of 100 people from around the world, organised by age, from a one-year-old to a centenarian, giving children a visual and descriptive reference point for each age. Striking close-up black-and-white portraits are paired with read-aloud text that shares personal experiences, wishes, memories, and emotions, leaving readers with an appreciation and understanding of the ageing process. (Description from Bookshop.org)
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It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

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By: Don Tate
Illustrated by: R. Gregory Christie
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Description: Picture book bio of the acclaimed American folk artist who only begins drawing at age 85.
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The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

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By: Laurence Anholt
Description: Julie, daughter of French painter Berthe Morisot, visits the country garden of painter Claude Monet. Shows late life creativity and painting and gardening as lifelong activities.
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