Reading Colors Your World Booklist

Handimals: Animals in Art and Nature

By: Silvia Lopez

This awe–inspiring collection showcases sixteen creatures ranging from polar bears to alpacas to Komodo dragons and provides factual information about the various species. Bluestem 2022 award nominee.

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Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire

By: Amy Guglielmo

From her imaginative childhood to her career as an illustrator, designer, and animator for Walt Disney Studios, Mary wouldn’t play by the rules. At a time when studios wanted to hire men and think in black and white, Mary painted twinkling emerald skies, peach giraffes with tangerine spots, and magenta horses that could fly.

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Flying Paintings: The Zhou Brothers: A Story of Revolution and Art

By: Amy Alznauer

An inspiration for young artists and dreamers of all kinds, this deeply felt collaboration explores how art can bring people together, as well as set them free.

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Art is Life: The Life of Artist Keith Haring

By: Tami Lewis Brown

A joyful picture book biography of modern art icon Keith Haring, celebrating the ways his life embodied the message: art is for everyone

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Just Being Dalí: The Story of Artist Salvador Dalí

By: Amy Guglielmo

Salvador Dalí struggles to follow the rules and fit in with his peers, until one day he realizes that artists can be and do anything they like. This realization gives him the freedom to truly be himself.

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Harold and the Purple Crayon

By: Crocket Johnson

One evening Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with an oversize purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement.

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Art & Max

By: David Wiesner

Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.

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Jeremy Draws a Monster

By: Peter McCarthy

A young boy who spends most of his time alone in his bedroom makes new friends after the monster in his drawing becomes a monstrous nuisance.

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The Day the Crayons Quit

By: Drew Daywalt

Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: his crayons have had enough! They quit! What can Duncan possibly do to appease all of the crayons and get them back to doing what they do best?

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Lily Brown’s Paintings

By: Angela Johnson

When Lily Brown paints, her world starts to change . . . trees wear hats and drink tea, people walk upside down, and apples sing all the way home from the store.
It’s Lily Brown’s world, and it’s wondrous. A little paint and a lot of love bring imagination to life in this captivating picture book.

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Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood

By: F. Isabel Campoy

Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors.

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