Seven to Ten, 2011 List
Strong watercolor compositions and authentic dialog convey the collaboration among Martha Graham, Aaron Copland, and Isamu Noguchi that led to the ground-breaking ballet, Appalachian Spring. Compelling end notes further define the artists and the movement, music, and set design.
Dave, a nineteenth-century slave, made beautiful clay pots, on which he often inscribed poems. The simple prose and earth-toned watercolor and collage illustrations lovingly evoke his strong hands, his care, his craft, and some hidden secrets for readers to discover.
Striking collage illustrations presented in sequential panels demonstrate symbiotic relationships between a variety of animals, including plovers and crocodiles in Egypt. Perfect for browsers, this title also includes rich back matter with additional information.
Both factual and humorous, this brief but perceptive biography contains Twain’s daughter’s diminutive journal entries tipped into stylishly illustrated pages. An ending primer on researching and writing family memoirs invites readers to try their own.
Chew on this! Acrylic paintings of pop-eyed characters enliven facts about chewing gum history and the story of accountant Walter Diemer’s remarkable discovery of the magic formula for Dubble Bubble Gum in 1928.
Third-grader Owen and his nosy friend Viola have two problems during their hot Georgia summer: what to do with a sick giant bullfrog and how to move the amazing submersible that fell off a passing train to nearby Graham Pond for launching.
Bright watercolors punctuated with jaunty black lines and quotations from Dr. Martin Luther King depict the growth and success of the movement to end racial segregation in public places that four African-American college students in Greensboro, NC, sparked by staging the first restaurant sit-in.
Artwork and text align to express the inquisitive, mischievous, and playful nature of all children in a delightful collection of Haiku poems that takes the reader through the seasons and into the heart of childhood.
An African-American family from Chicago uses the “green book” to find restaurants, hotels, and restrooms while traveling south to Alabama in 1952. Realistic sepia-toned oil paintings evoke the era and reveal the ways that “Jim Crow” affected lives.