Suggested Reading List

Almost Famous Daisy. Kidd, Richard. Amer Natural Hygiene Society. 2000.
This story introduces children to key works by Van Gogh, Monet, Chagall, Gauguin and Jackson Pollock. When Daisy decides to enter a painting competition she sets off around the world traveling in the footsteps of great artists in search of inspiration.

Bottle Houses: The Creative World of Grandma Prisbrey. Slaymaker, Melissa Eskridge. Henry Holt & Company Incorporated. 2004.
The walls of Grandma Prisbrey's houses glowed and glittered with color because she made them out of bottles. Large and small, fancy and plain, Grandma Prisbrey salvaged every bottle she could find. Lush and lyrical, this is an evocative introduction to the world of visionary, or untrained, art.

The Dot. Reynolds, Peter H. Candlewick Press. 2003.
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher’s encouragement leads her to change her mind.

Ella’s Trip to the Museum. Clayton, Elaine. Crown Publishing Group. 1996.
When Ella visits a museum with her school group, she shows them how to look at art in a magical way.

Harolds’s Circus. Johnson, Crockett. Harper Collins Children’s Books. 1981.
Harold goes for an adventurous walk on a tightrope and through a circus with his purple crayon.

Jack in Search of Art. Boehm, Arlene. Rinehart. 2001.
Jack the bear mistakes the sign announcing Art at the museum for the name of another bear and while searching for him discovers and appreciates beautiful things.

Little Green. Baker, Keith. Harcourt. 2001.
A young boy paints the flight of a hummingbird as it zips, loops, and zigzags around his garden.

Little Mouse’s Painting. Wolkstein, Diane. Chronicle Books. 2002.
When little mouse’s friends look at the painting she has created, they do not all see the same thing.

Luke’s Way of Looking. Wheatley, Nadia. Kane/Miller Book Publishers. 2001.
Luke is frustrated by his conservative and overbearing art teacher, until he visits a museum and finds validation for his own special way of looking at the world.

Marc Chagall: Life is a Dream (Adventures in Art) . Chagall, Marc and Brigitta Hopler. Prestel USA. 1998.
A nice selection of reproductions of Marc Chagall’s paintings. Each illustration has an anecdote from a key event in Chagall’s life.

Morris the Artist. Segal, Lore Groszmann. Farrar, Straus and Giroux. 2003.
The present Morris brings to give Benjamin is what Morris would like to get himself, and he refuses to hand it over. But Morris can't have fun at a party while he's holding on to a package. The longer he holds it, the bigger it seems to get. It grows into one enormous nuisance, and the only way to get rid of it is to open it up. Morris's present turns out to be something marvelous for everyone to do.

Museum ABC. Metropolitan Museum of Art. Little, Brown & Company. 2002.
Museum ABC is a unique and colorful picture book that uses the alphabet to introduce children to more than a hundred works of art. A full spread is devoted to each letter of the alphabet and four pictures of the object represented.

Painting the Wind. MacLachlan, Patricia, and Emily MacLachlan. Harper Collins. 2003.
Several artists, who paint different things, with different kinds of paint, and at different times of the day, all paint the same island that they visit each summer.

Rainbow Joe and Me. Strom, Maria Diaz. Lee & Lee Brooks, Inc. 2002.
Eloise shares her love of colors with her blind friend Rainbow Joe, who makes his own colors when he plays beautiful notes on his saxophone.

Sophie’s Masterpiece. Spinelli, Eileen. Simon & Schuster Children’s. 2001.
Sophie the spider makes wondrous webs, but the residents of Beekman’s Boarding House do not appreciate her until at last, old and tired, she weaves her final masterpiece.

Weaving the Rainbow. Lyon, George Ella. Simon & Schuster Children’s. 2004.
An artist raises sheep, shears them, cards and spins the wool, dyes it, and then weaves a colorful picture of the Kentucky pasture where her lambs were born.

Teacher Resources:

Art: An A-Z Guide. Greenway, Shirley. Franklin Wtts. 2000.
A dictionary of terms and concepts related to art history and art techniques, including artists and schools of art.

Chagall: A Retrospective. Chagall, Marc and Jacob Baal-Teshuva. Hugh Lauter Levin Associates. 1995.
Oversized book with hundreds of colorful reproductions of Marc Chagall’s paintings and stained glass.

Chagall: My Sad and Joyous Village. Loumaye, Jacqueline. Chelsea House Publishers. 1994.
The magical, marvelous works of the artist Marc Chagall enchant a school child, who soon learns to dream up a world of joyous things, just like the Russian-born painter.

Chagall. Targat, Francois Le. Rizzoli International. 1985.
This is a readable and well-illustrated survey of the life and career of Marc Chagall, with insights into his highly original imagery.

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