Blue on Blue, by Dianne White; illustrations by Beth Krommes
This poetic book is beautifully illustrated with scratchboard and watercolor. Set on a family farm in New England, Blue on Blue explores the evolution of a rain storm from dark skies to mud everywhere.
When the Moon if Full: A Lunar Year, by Penny Pollock; illustrated by Mary Azarian
Full moons come,
full moons go,
with their silver glow.
This book has beautiful illustrations by Vermont woodcut artist, Mary Azarian. Pollock tells the story of the lunar calendar. Each month has a verse describing the twelve moons according to Native American tradition and a hand-colored woodcut illustration.
Smelling Sunshine, by Constance Anderson
This beautifully illustrated picture book is a reminder to slow down and enjoy the simple pleasures in life! Mother and child have fun washing the clothes and hanging them out for the warm sun to dry.
In the Small, Small Pond, by Denise Fleming
In the small, small pond a frog encounters tadpoles, geese, dragonflies, turtles, herons, minnow, and many other animals. All of a sudden there is a chill in the air and winter is here.
Un regalo de gracias: La leyenda de la Altagracia, (Spanish Edition) written by Julia Alvarez and illustrated by Beatriz Vidal
Maria is afraid that her family will have to abandon their farm after their olive crop fails. Then one night she dreams of a beautiful and mysterious lady. Maria and her family plant seeds to grow oranges. Soon they have an amazing orange grove. Maria wonders who the beautiful lady that came to her in her dream is.
Moonlight, a picture book by Helen V. Griffith; illustrations by Laura Dronzek
Rabbit discovers the magic of the moon in this beautifully illustrated story.
“Moonlight slides like butter
skims through outer space
skims past stars and comets”
Finding the Green Stone, a picture book by Alice Walker; paintings by Catherine Deeter
Find the Green Stone is a story about a boy named Johnny who lives in a town where everyone has a glowing green stone. Johnny is distraught when he loses his stone and it takes the community coming together to help him for Johnny to realize he needs to find the love in his heart to get his glowing green stone back.
Beautiful Oops! a board book by Barney Saltzberg
This book demonstrates the many ways that torn, crinkled, and smudged bits of paper can be transformed into various shapes and images.
Sophie’s Masterpiece a picture book by Eileen Spinelli illustrations by Jane Dyer
Sophie is a very artistic spider who is finally able to create her pièce de résistance as she reaches old age.
Chuck Close: Face Book an autobiography
Chuck Close created this beautiful autobiography complete with pages of mix and match self-portraits and a glossary of art terms. Close realized his love of art when he was very young. As a result of severe dyslexia, Close was labeled “dumb” and he also had a neuromuscular condition which prevented him from being physically active. The talented Close admits dedication to art saved his life. In this book Close talks about his process for creating his massive paintings and prints. To young artists Close says, “ease is the enemy of the artist. Go ahead and get yourself into trouble”