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To Make

by Danielle Davis (Author) Mags Deroma (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

A stunning picture book ode to the joys of the creative process and the spirit of collaboration. This lyrical story from Danielle Davis and Mags DeRoma is perfect for fans of Kevin Henkes, Gyo Fujikawa and Julie Fogliano. To make . . . a cake, a garden, a song, you first gather, then make–and wait. To make a story (like this one), you gather, make, wait. To make anything–big or small–it will take some time. You may have to gather more, make more and wait a little more, but you can create wonderful things if you just gather, make and wait. This gorgeous, timeless book gently emphasizes patience as part of the making process and is a fitting book for all homes, classrooms and makerspaces everywhere.

My First 100 Art Words (My First Steam Words)

by Chris Ferrie (Author) Lindsay Dale-Scott (Illustrator)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Series: My First Steam Words

Chris Ferrie fans will love this perfect educational art book for babies and toddlers featuring essential STEAM words from the #1 Science author! Babies and toddlers are curious and ready to learn! Introduce them to art words that go beyond the basics with this first 100 words baby board book. From painting to photography, from music to theater, from literature to history and more, this is the bright and simple introduction to the smart words every budding scholar needs! Surprise your special little one at birthdays, baby showers, holidays and beyond with the amazing opportunity to discover with this baby and toddler learning book! My First 100 Art Words makes a wonderful addition to many other gifts you may be searching for, such as baby first birthday gifts for girls and boys, early development toys for babies, baby learning games, gift sets for babies and toddlers and more!

Opposites Abstract

by Mo Willems (Author)

Reading Level: K − 1st Grade

Mo Willems, award-winning, best-selling author/illustrator and inaugural Education Artist-in-Residence at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, delivers a masterfully inquisitive look at opposites. Is this dark? Is this light? Is this soft? Is this hard? Using colors, shapes, lines and textures, Willems invites readers to explore abstract concepts through eye-popping, emotive and highly accessible artwork. This all-ages board book is perfect for readers young and old.

The Color Collector

by Nicholas Solis (Author) Renia Metallinou (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

The Color Collector is a poignant story about newness, friendship, and common ground.

When a boy notices the new girl picking up all manner of debris and litter on their walks home from school, he wants to know why. So she shows him the huge mural she’s created in her room that reminds her of the home she left behind. He learns all about where she’s come from, and they both find how wonderful it is to make a new friend.

How to Spot an Artist: This Might Get Messy

by Danielle Krysa (Author)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Help kids discover and nourish their inner artist with this vividly illustrated, funny and endlessly encouraging dose of positive reinforcement. With over 200,000 Instagram followers, Danielle Krysa has helped a lot of people overcome the fear that they aren’t creative. In books like Creative Block and Your Inner Critic is a Big Jerk, she calls out the self-criticism that keeps us from claiming and expressing our artistic abilities. Now she uses her characteristic playfulness, lively illustrations and humor to help kids overcome negativity about their artistic endeavors–and to help them redefine what being an artist means. Every page delivers encouragement to the kid who thinks artists all live in cities, that art has to look like something familiar or that painting and drawing are the only way to make art. In a world that drastically undervalues creative freedom, Krysta’s whimsical paintings and collages joyfully proclaim that art is essential and that artists are everywhere. Additionally, a page at the back of the book includes ideas for art projects–because who wants fewer art projects? Nobody!

Aaron Slater, Illustrator (Questioneers)

by Andrea Beaty (Author) David Roberts (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

Series: Questioneers

An uplifting story about the power of art, finding your voice and telling your story even when you’re out of step with your peers from the #1 bestselling creators of Sofia Valdez, Future Prez and Ada Twist, Scientist! Aaron Slater loves listening to stories and dreams of one day writing them himself. But when it comes to reading, the letters just look like squiggles to him, and it soon becomes clear he struggles more than his peers. When his teacher asks each child in the class to write a story, Aaron can’t get a single word down. He is sure his dream of being a storyteller is out of reach . . . until inspiration strikes, and Aaron finds a way to spin a tale in a way that is uniquely his. Follow Iggy Peck, Rosie Revere, Ada Twist, Sofia Valdez and Aaron Slater on all of their adventures! Add the picture books, chapter books and activity books starring The Questioneers by Andrea Beaty and David Roberts to your family library today.

Origami and Haiku: Inspired by Japanese Artwork

by Nosy Crow (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

The perfect combination of origami, haiku and Japanese art all in one book, this stunning book features three beautiful Japanese art forms in one. For each animal or object, children will be able to read the haiku, enjoy a corresponding work from the British Museum collection and then make the origami figure! With clear, simple directions for thirteen animals or objects and fifty sheets of origami paper, this is the perfect introduction to the art of paper folding.

The Creativity Project: An Awesometastic Story Collection

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Book advocate Colby Sharp presents more than forty beloved, award-winning, diverse and bestselling authors and illustrators in a creative challenge!

Colby Sharp invited more than forty authors and illustrators to provide story starters for each other; photos, drawings, poems, prose or anything they could dream up. When they received their prompts, they responded by transforming these seeds into any form of creative work they wanted to share.

The result is a stunning collection of words, art, poetry and stories by some of our most celebrated children’s book creators. A section of extra story starters by every contributor provides fresh inspiration for readers to create works of their own. Here is an innovative book that offers something for every kind of reader and creator!

Stone Painting for Kids: Designs to Spark Your Creativity

by F Sehnaz Bac (Author)

Reading Level: 4th – 5th Grade

Winner of a Bronze 2018 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award! This follow-up to the bestselling The Art of Stone Painting offers a kid-friendly version of an engaging activity that helps promote creativity. Popular stone artist F. Sehnaz Bac, a seasoned archaeologist who markets her painted Sassi dell’Adriatico (Stones of the Adriatic) on Etsy, presents step-by-step instructions for simple projects, accompanied by full-color photographs. Her introduction explains how to find and choose stones, which kinds of materials and tools are safe for kids to use, how to set up a workspace, simple techniques and other helpful tips. A splendid variety of patterns begins with illustrations of basic shapes and designs for human figures and faces, animals, numbers and letters and natural motifs — flowers, trees and stars. Other activities include painting stones for games such as tic-tac-toe, chess, and dominoes. Kids will learn lettering techniques for writing names and words on pebbles and how to design holiday-themed decorations. They’ll also discover how to assemble multiple stones for picture-making and storytelling. “This is a nice oversized book. The pictures are beautiful, simple and large, so you can easily see the artwork to copy it. Great book, great ideas, tons of great fun!” –Wall-to-Wall Books

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