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Ricky Rocket

A summer reading initiative from Reading Rockets

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Great Fiction & Nonfiction Books

Age Level: 3-6 years old

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1 2 3: I Can Make Prints!

By: Irene Luxbacher

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Clearly organized instructions provide not only the know-how but ideas on how to make prints from...

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1-2-3 I Can Collage!

By: Irene Luxbacher

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A brief explanation of what collage is and a list of readily available materials begins a can-do...

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A World of Colors: Seeing Colors in a New Way

By: Marie Houblon

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Crisp, color photographs of people and places from around the world are used to introduce and...

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Animals: A First Art Book

By: Lucy Micklethwait

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Young children will delight in seeing familiar animals in their natural habitats, portrayed in the...

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Art

By: Patrick McDonnell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A young artist named Art lives up to his name and takes the reader on a vibrant journey where...

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Begin at the Beginning: A Little Artist Learns About Life

By: Amy Schwartz

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Sara has initial hesitations when she is asked to create a painting for the class art show. But...

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Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse

By: Marjorie Blain Parker

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Long ago, a bespectacled boy dreamed of color in his drab industrial French town. Henri's world...

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Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children

By: Mary Ann Kohl, Jean Potter

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Art is meant to be enjoyed, and sometimes even eaten! Create, then consume, the attractive,...

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Home

By: Carson Ellis

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Travel through time, imagination, literature, and more for a unique look at "home" in any number...

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Magritte's Marvelous Hat

By: D.B. Johnson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Meet Magritte who "One bright day in the dark of the night," saw a "marvelous hat" that became his...

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Maybe Something Beautiful

By: F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Mira brings color and builds community through her beautiful art which she first gives to...

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Mix It Up!

By: Herve Tullet

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Are you ready to shake and mix to make new colors? “Tap the gray spot…to see what happens.”...

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Monsters Love Colors

By: Mike Austin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Benign-looking, cheerful creatures love playing with color as they lend red, blue and yellow to...

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The Dot

By: Peter Reynolds

Age Level: 3-6 years old

This clever tale follows two child artists, Vashti and Ramon, through the creative process. Though...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

By: Jen Bryant

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Horace Pippin was born in Pennsylvania in the late 19th century to become a talented — and...

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Action Jackson

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Illustrations and text bring to life the work and impact of Jackson Pollack in this riveting...

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Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics

By: James Storm

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A comic book story is used to introduce the basics of comic book making and cartooning. Here, a...

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Art from Her Heart

By: Kathy Whitehead, Shane Evans

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Self-taught artist Clementine Hunter used paint and canvas to record life in the rural south....

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Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudí

By: Rachel Rodriguez

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Short sentences tell of the architect's boyhood in Catalonia, his love of nature, and his early...

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Creative Crafts for Kids

By: Gill Dickinson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Crisp color photographs with numbered instructions and recommended ages make this extensive...

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Dreamer from the Village: The Story of Marc Chagall

By: Michelle Markel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Artist Marc Chagall’s early life is represented through engaging narrative and illustrations that...

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Easy-to-Make Pop-Ups

By: Joan Irvine

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Make a special card or gift that really stands out — or pops up, literally! Easy to follow...

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Edward Hopper Paints His World

By: Robert Burleigh

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In an afterword, the author asks if an artist can be a hero or an explorer. The answer is sure...

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Faith Ringgold

By: Mike Venezia

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A biography of the artist Faith Ringgold (Tar Beach) for young readers. Cartoon-style...

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Hand Art

By: Rachel Tandy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Create bugs, birds, and more, starting with a pattern of your hand. Easy directions provide...

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Harlem

By: Walter Dean Myers

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Experienced readers will enjoy this stunning and sophisticated visit to Harlem in word and image...

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In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage

By: Alan Schroeder

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Augusta Savage was a born artist, making clay figures even as a child. She pursued her passion,...

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It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

By: Don Tate

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A former slave and sharecropper Bill Traylor moved to the city after his wife's death. Though he...

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Jacob Lawrence

By: Mike Venezia

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A brief, conversational biography of the contemporary African-American artist Lawrence (The...

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Let's Make It Pop-Up

By: David Carter, James Diaz

Age Level: 6-9 years old

All of the supplies are provided, along with explicit directions to make a variety of pop-ups...

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Look! Body Language in Art

By: Gillian Wolfe

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How does classical art relate to contemporary children? By recognizing that there are universal...

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Museum Trip

By: Barbara Lehman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When a boy in a red sweatshirt lags behind his classmates on a field trip to an art museum, he...

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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

By: Gene Baretta

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Even though Leonardo da Vinci lived a long time ago (born in 15th century Florence), his ideas...

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Piñata Maker/el piñatero

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiestas often involve puppets, masks, and piñatas. Meet Tio Rico, the elderly piñata maker in a...

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Ralph Masiello's Ancient Egypt Drawing Book

By: Ralph Masiello

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Information about the symbols, emblems, and gods from Ancient Egypt is included with step-by-step...

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The First Drawing

By: Mordicai Gerstein

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An illustration of a contemporary boy with pencil in hand stands in front of a blank piece of...

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The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

By: C.M. Millen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Brother Theophane is unlike the other monks in the mountains of Mourne (Ireland). While most...

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The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art

By: Irene Luxbacher

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Full-color illustrations combine with clear instructions organized into four sections drawn from...

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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

By: Barb Rosenstock

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Vasya Kandinsky's creative life was profoundly shaped by his ability to experience colors as sounds...

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The Sound of Colors

By: Jimmy Liao

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As a girl's sight is slipping away, she realizes that color and images continue to live in her...

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Viva Frida

By: Yuyi Morales

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Examine Frida Kahlo’s artistic process and her life filled with laughter, love, and tragedy....

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Wanda Gag, the Girl Who Lived to Draw

By: Deborah Ray

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The author/illustrator of much-loved picture books is introduced here from her Minnesota...

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What Can You Do With a Paper Bag?

By: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Age Level: 6-9 years old

With a paper bag and a few other supplies, kids can make history come to life, travel to far-off...

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Yellowstone Moran: Painting the American West

By: Lita Judge

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Tom Moran dreamed of seeing the western United States, painting places that were unknown to most...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Firebird

By: Misty Copeland

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Misty Copeland, the African American Ballet Theater soloist, has an encouraging conversation...

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Meet Matisse

By: Jean-Vincent Senac

Age Level: 9-12 years old

An unnamed narrator dreams he has visited the studio of artist Henri Matisse where he meets the...

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Murals: Walls That Sing

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Ancona takes a look at Latino and Hispanic murals within the United States in this fascinating...

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Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be

By: Jane Sutcliffe

Age Level: 9-12 years old

In Renaissance Florence, Michelangelo transforms a block of marble that no one knew what to do with...

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You Call That Art?!

By: David Carter

Age Level: 9-12 years old

In an attractive, sturdy package, readers are invited to learn about the history of sculpture...

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