It's nonfiction Wednesday so I'm presenting What is Hip-Hop by Eric Morse with amazing art and claymation by Anny Yi. Thank you to #KidLitExchange for a review copy of this book, I'm not sure I ever would have heard about it without them. In What is Hip-Hop, Morse gives a history lesson, in rhyme, about … Continue reading What is Hip-Hop?
Renato loved his home in Florence, Italy. He loved the people there. And the food there. But he especially loved the art there. It was everywhere. This is how Barbara DiLorenzo begins her beautiful book, Renato and the Lion. Through beautiful watercolor images, DiLorenzo brings Florence, Italy to life. This gorgeous book sends us back … Continue reading Renato and the Lion
It's Wednesday which means it is time for the Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge hosted by Alyson Beecher at KidLitFrenzy. I love the idea of trying to focus on at least one nonfiction picture book a week here, though I don't always manage to stay on focus. But a new year, a new goal, right? For … Continue reading Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing
I love being able to talk to my daughters about art and share a love of viewing art. We don't have a lot of access to museums where we live, so I have to supplement with books and through their amazing art program at school. To engage kids in art, you have to make it … Continue reading Let the Museum come to Life with Mr. Owliver
"There is a unique kind of magic that comes from hearing a story told. With only the power of a voice, an entire world can be created. Suddenly, the audience becomes the hero, the villain, or the magic djinn commanding the desert sand storm." So says Evan Turk in the author's note to his book … Continue reading The Power of The Storyteller
I've written in the past about books that help children consider and discover the great artists of our past and present. Recently I came across the endearing book "Painting Pepette," by Linda Ravin Lodding, and its manner of introducing artists made me smile. In this book, beautifully illustrated by Claire Fletcher, young Josette Bobette and … Continue reading Pondering Paintings and Painters with Pepette
Children love learning about colors and they are often some of the first words that they can read on their own. There is something completely fascinating in what you can do with three primary colors if only you are allowed to try. There are actually many wonderful books that open up a world of possibility … Continue reading Exploring the world of Color