This book display was created for Gottesman Libraries at Teachers College, Columbia University. I combined my passion for art and something that I believed the Teachers College community is passionate about; education. In this collection are books from the juvenile and curriculum sections about artists, art history, art appreciation, art making, and even one that intersects art and science.
To accompany the display I designed a bookmark that listed the Library of Congress classification for Fine Arts as an aid to find more books on art. Below is the list of books in the display with my comments for each and the bookmark designs.
1. Rechenka’s Eggs by Patricia Polacco
In 3rd grade my teacher, Ms. Miller, read Rechenka’s Eggs to the class and later had an art project where we brought an empty egg and painted it with an easter/spring theme. My little broke it as soon as I brought it home but it’s a project I remember to this day.
2. Frida : viva la vida = long live life by Carmen T. Bernier-Grand
Biographical poems about Frida paired with Frida’s own paintings. Since there is a biopgrahy and chronology in the back of the book, this can easily be made into an assignment where students learn about the artist and write a poem in connection to a painting.
3. Diego Rivera : his world and ours by Duncan Tonatiuh
An illustrated story of Diego Rivera with an emphasis on posing the question: if he were alive today, what would he paint?
4. Artist to artist : 23 major illustrators talk to children about their art
An anthology of letters from illustrators to children, accompanied with self-portraits.
5. Through Georgia’s eyes by Rachel Rodríguez
An interpretation of Georgia O’Keeffe’s way of looking at things.
6. Leonardo’s horse by Jean Fritz
While Leonardo Da Vinci was a very accomplished artist, this book tells the story of how an unfinished project affected him.
7. Dreaming up : a celebration of building by Christy Hale
Illustrations of creative ways children would build famous architectural structures.
8. Animals in art by Louisa Somerville
A great exploration of animals depicted in artwork from friendships with animals to their more wild counterparts.
9. Chuck Close, up close by Jan Greenberg and Sandra
Chuck Close share his life, art, and process and includes an interactive section of his self-portraits that can be remixed.
10. Come look with me : Latin American art by Kimberly Lane
This book is all about art appreciation and history by posing questions about various Latin American artworks.
11. Exploring science through art by Phyllis Katz
If you’re interested in incorporating art through a scientific lens, this book explores that intersection with shape, patterns, and materials.
12. A gift of days : the greatest words to live by by Stephen Alcorn
Words for every day of the year by artists, activists, athletes, and other visionaries featuring some woodcut print style portraits.
13. Dave the potter : artist, poet, slave by Laban Carrick Hill
The story of Dave, a South Carolina slave in the 1800s who created pottery inscribed with poetry.
14. ABeCedarios : Mexican folk art ABCs in Spanish and English by Cynthia Weill and K.B. Basseches
A bilingual alphabet book featuring beautiful Oaxacan woodcarvings of animals.
15. You can’t take a balloon into the Metropolitan Museum by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman
This is what may happen if you leave your balloon in the hands of a security guard at the Met.
16. Magritte’s marvelous hat : a picture book by D.B. Johnson
A really fun picture book about whether or not Magritte can paint without his hat.
17. Degas : art activity pack by Mila Boutan
Art activities using movement and Degas’ depictions of ballerinas.