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February 1, 2016 BOOKLIST
Find more Top 10 Arts Books for Youth
Whether the subjects are rock stars, dancers, visual artists, or even elephants that paint, the diverse titles in this year’s list of top arts books for youth, reviewed in Booklist from November 1, 2004, through October 15, 2005, will remind readers that the ways to express artistic talent are limitless.
Arnold, Katya. Elephants Can Paint, Too! 2005. illus. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, $16.95 (0-689-86985-1).
Gr. 1-3. This lively picture book presents photos and real-life stories of elephants creating art, as part of a conservation project, and enjoying the fun and the mess, just as kids do.
Burleigh, Robert. Toulouse-Lautrec: The Moulin Rouge and the City of Light. 2005. illus. Abrams, $17.95 (0-8109-5867-8).
Gr. 3-5. Beautifully designed, this lively, accessible introduction to the life and work of Toulouse-Lautrec includes period photos and paintings by the artist and by his contemporaries.
Gonyea, Mark. A Book about Design: Complicated Doesn’t Make It Good. 2005. illus. Holt, $18.95 (0-7868-7575-5).
Gr. 3-5. This square, stylish volume presents basic concepts of graphic design, including techniques for drawing attention to various areas on the page. Art teachers will want to discuss the well-illustrated examples with their classes.
Noyes, Deborah. Hana in the Time of the Tulips. Illus. by Bagram Ibatoulline. 2004. Candlewick, $16.99 (0-7636-1875-6).
K-Gr. 3. During “tulipmania,” in seventeenth-century Holland, a young girl tries to raise her family’s fortunes and spirits by painting tulips. Rembrandt makes an appearance, and the book’s exquisite paintings and drawings evoke the master’s techniques.
Partridge, Elizabeth. John Lennon: All I Want Is the Truth. 2005. illus. Viking, $24.99 (0-670-05954-4).
Gr. 9-12. Partridge presents the extraordinary life of musician John Lennon in an unflinching and accomplished portrait that is enhanced by the dynamic design, archival photos, discography, and extensive bibliography.
Reich, Susanna. José! Born to Dance: The Story of José Limón. Illus. by Raúl Colón. 2005. Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman, $16.95 (0-689-86576-7).
Gr. 2-4. This picture-book biography follows dancer José Limón from his Mexican childhood to his adult accomplishments as a legend of American dance. Colón’s strong artwork extends the fine, sensory text.
Say, Allen. Kamishibai Man. 2005. illus. Houghton/Walter Lorraine, $17 (0-618-47954-6).
Gr. 1-3. Kamishibai men were itinerant storytellers who pedaled around Japan with miniature theaters mounted on their bicycles. Say’s tale follows a retired performer’s final show. Beautiful images enhance the poignant story of a lost art form.
Schwartz, Amy. Begin at the Beginning: A Little Artist Learns about Life. 2005. illus. HarperCollins, $15.99 (0-06-000111-9).
PreS-Gr. 2. Expressive watercolor-and-pencil drawings and smooth, well-paced text tell the affecting story of a little girl who fights through a paralyzing creative block to create a painting for a school contest.
Sonnenblick, Jordan. Drums, Girls & Dangerous Pie. 2005. Scholastic, $16 (0-439-75519-0).
Gr. 5-8. After his brother is diagnosed with leukemia, eighth-grader Steven, a talented drummer, throws himself even deeper into his music. Steven’s raw, witty narrative drives this story of illness, family, and finding refuge in creative expression.
Temple, Kathryn. Drawing. 2005. illus. Sterling/Lark, $17.95 (1-57990-587-0).
Gr. 5-8. This entry in the Art for Kids series offers an excellent introduction to the tools and techniques of drawing, including information about seeing with both sides of the brain. Temple’s own accomplished drawings illustrate the numerous exercises.
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