Staff Picks Book Display: All About Art!
Do you love books about art? Me, too! The Staff Picks theme for the mid-November and December display is All About Art curated by artist and TC Librarian April Siqueiros. This collection includes books about artists, art history, art appreciation, art making, and even one that intersects art and science. Looking for more books about art? Browse the N section (that’s Library of Congress’ classification for Fine Arts) in the stacks, curriculum, and juvenile sections of the library.
Here’s a complete list of the original books on display:
Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
PZ7.P75186 Re 1996 (JUV)
In 3rd grade my teacher, Ms. Miller, read Rechenka’s Eggs to the class and later had an art project where we brought an empty egg and painted it with an easter/spring theme. My little broke it as soon as I brought it home but it’s a project I remember to this day.
Frida : viva la vida = long live life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
ND259.K33 B47 2007 (CURR)
Biographical poems about Frida paired with Frida’s own paintings. Since there is a biopgrahy and chronology in the back of the book, this can easily be made into an assignment where students learn about the artist and write a poem in connection to a painting.
Diego Rivera : his world and ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
ND259.R5 T57 2011 (CURR)
An illustrated story of Diego Rivera with an emphasis on posing the question: if he were alive today, what would he paint?
Artist to artist : 23 major illustrators talk to children about their art
NC965 .A775 2007 (CURR)
An anthology of letters from illustrators to children, accompanied with self-portraits.
Through Georgia’s eyes by Rachel Rodríguez
ND237.O5 R63 2006 (CURR)
An interpretation of Georgia O’Keeffe’s way of looking at things.
Leonardo’s horse by Jean Fritz
NB1230 .F75 2001 (CURR)
While Leonardo Da Vinci was a very accomplished artist, this book tells the story of how an unfinished project affected him.
Dreaming up : a celebration of building by Christy Hale
NA2555 .H35 2012 (CURR)
Illustrations of creative ways children would build famous architectural structures.
Animals in art by Louisa Somerville
N7660 .S75 1997 (CURR)
A great exploration of animals depicted in artwork from friendships with animals to their more wild counterparts.
Chuck Close, up close by Jan Greenberg and Sandra
ND1329.C54 G74 1998 (CURR)
Chuck Close share his life, art, and process and includes an interactive section of his self-portraits that can be remixed.
Come look with me : Latin American art by Kimberly Lane
N6502 .L36 2007 (CURR)
This book is all about art appreciation and history by posing questions about various Latin American artworks.
Exploring science through art by Phyllis Katz
N72.S3 K38 1990
If you’re interested in incorporating art through a scientific lens, this book explores that intersection with shape, patterns, and materials.
A gift of days : the greatest words to live by by Stephen Alcorn
NE1300.6.A43 A4 2009 (CURR)
Words for every day of the year by artists, activists, athletes, and other visionaries featuring some woodcut print style portraits.
Dave the potter : artist, poet, slave by Laban Carrick Hill
NK4210.D247 H55 2010 (CURR)
The story of Dave, a South Carolina slave in the 1800s who created pottery inscribed with poetry.
ABeCedarios : Mexican folk art ABCs in Spanish and English by Cynthia Weill and K.B. Basseches
NK844 .W45 2007 (JUV)
A bilingual alphabet book featuring beautiful Oaxacan woodcarvings of animals.
You can’t take a balloon into the Metropolitan Museum by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman
PZ7.W4481843 Yo 1998 (JUV)
This is what may happen if you leave your balloon in the hands of a security guard at the Met.
Magritte’s marvelous hat : a picture book by D.B. Johnson
PZ7.J6316355 Mag 2012 (JUV)
A really fun picture book about whether or not Magritte can paint without his hat.
Degas : art activity pack by Mila Boutan
ND553.D3 B68 1997 (CURR)
Art activities using movement and Degas’ depictions of ballerinas.