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benson_draw what you seeBenson, Kathleen  Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Clarion

Illustrated by Benny Andrews. Born in 1930 in Georgia, Andrews defied social expectations by leaving the farm, attending high school, earning a BFA degree, and becoming a renowned painter in an art world still unwelcoming to artists of color. Benson expertly crafts the narrative around original Andrews paintings, notable for their focus on autobiographical elements and experiences of prejudice as well as for the expressionistic stylization of figures. Timeline. Bib.
Subjects: Visual Arts; African Americans; Painting; Artists; Andrews, Benny; Biographies

art_brooks_get into art telling storiesBrooks, Susie  Get into Art Telling Stories
Gr. 4–6     32 pp.     Kingfisher/Macmillan

This compelling art-appreciation/hands-on-activity volume acquaints children with wide-ranging works of art and their creators then engages them with a related, (mostly) easy-to-follow project on a gatefold. The simple focus — “how stories have inspired famous artists” — will help kids connect with the examples and their own projects. Crisp reproductions dominate the snazzy book design. Glos., ind.
Subjects: Visual Arts; Art appreciation

art_handler_girls standing on lawnsHandler, Daniel  Girls Standing on Lawns
Middle school, high school     64 pp.     MoMA

Illustrated by Maira Kalman. This odd little volume unites archival photographs from the Museum of Modern Art with Kalman’s paintings and Handler’s text, thematically centered on images of girls and women standing outdoors. The text reflects on the past and speculates about the circumstances of each image, producing unique commentary on the use of girls as decorative objects. A curator’s note promises future collaborations. Index of photos.
Subjects: Visual Arts; Photography

art_heine_impressionismHeine, Florian  Impressionism: 13 Artists Children Should Know
Gr. 4–6     48 pp.     Prestel

“Impressionism changed the way we see art” is the gist of this art-appreciation installment introducing the movement’s history, notable players and works, and lasting influence. From Manet’s paintings of everyday Parisian life to Monet’s focus on natural light to Seurat and Signac’s pointillism (an evolution of Impressionism), the volume is inclusive and comprehensive. Excellent reproductions, engaging sidebars, and a running timeline are included.
Subjects: Visual Arts; Artists; Impressionism; Painting; Art appreciation

kugler_in mary's gardenKügler, Tina and Carson Kügler  In Mary’s Garden
Gr. K–3     32 pp.     Houghton

As a girl, Mary Nohl “was happiest when her hands were busy making, building, creating things.” Later she returns to the Wisconsin lake house she’d helped her father build and begins a lifelong art project, erecting a menagerie of larger-than-life sculptures inspired by her world travels. Touches of whimsy reflect Mary’s outsized imagination; digital collages of scratchy, affectionate paintings mirror this sense of wonder. Bib.
Subjects: Visual Arts; Imagination; Voyages and travels; Women—Artists; Dwellings; Wisconsin; Sculpture; Artists; Nohl, Mary; Biographies; Women—Biographies

From the May 2016 issue of Nonfiction Notes from the Horn Book.



  1. Great collection i have read 4 books from this list all were awesome.

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