Picture Books By Topic: creativity

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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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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Jingle Dancer

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By: Cynthia Leitich Smith
Illustrated by: Cornelius Van Wright and Ying-Hwa Hu
Description: Contemporary Native American family, inter-generational sharing of traditions Young girl represents four loving, older family members in the traditional Jingle Dance.
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Julian is a Mermaid

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By: Jessica Love
Illustrated by: Jessica Love
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Description: Riding the subway with his abuela Julian glimpses beautiful costumed mermaids. All he can think of is dressing up just like the ladies in his own fabulous mermaid costume. But what will his abuela think about how Julian sees himself. A jubilant celebration of self love, individuality and acceptance.
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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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Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes

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By: Jeanette Winter
Description: Read about more Positive Aging picture books by the author.
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My Abuelita

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By: Tony Johnston
Illustrated by: Yuyi Morales
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Description: Grandparent raising her grandchild, multi-cultural, late life work. A young boy lives with his grandmother who is preparing for her mysterious job.
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My Name is Georgia: A Portrait

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By: Jeanette Winter
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Description: Author/illustrator Jeanette Winter shows us the life of painter Georgia O'Keefe as she follows her dream from Wisconsin to art studies in Chicago and New York, and finally to her beloved New Mexico. Georgia lived to the age of 98. (Sadly out of print, but still available)
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Nature’s Friend: The Gwen Frostic Story

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By: Lindsey McDivitt
Illustrated by: Eileen Ryan Ewen
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Description: Gwen Frostic was a nature artist & early environmentalist who sketched in nature, then created striking prints. After a serious illness as a child she remained strong and independent. A pioneering woman, Gwen never let her disabilities, gender or age define her. She sold her beautiful greeting cards and books worldwide hoping to open people’s eyes to the beauty of our natural world.
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Pablo Neruda: Poet of the People

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By: Monica Brown
Illustrated by: Julie Paschkis
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Description: Pablo wrote poems about the things he loved—things made by his friends in the café’, things found at the marketplace, and things he saw in nature. He wrote about the people of Chile and their stories of struggle. Because above all things…Pablo Neruda loved people. (adapted from publisher description)
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