November 15 Birthday: MY NAME IS GEORGIA: A PORTRAIT

Georgia O’Keeffe, artist
Nov. 15, 1887-Mar. 6, 1986


My Name is Georgia: A Portrait by Jeanette Winter (Silver Whistle, 1998)

From the age of twelve, O’Keeffe knew she wanted to be an artist. Using O’Keeffe’s own words within the text as well as O’Keeffe-like illustrations, readers are in for a vivid look at an interesting life.

The O’Keeffe Museum in Santa Fe, New Mexico, offers an online look at some of her amazing work.

November 14 Birthday: CLAUDE MONET: THE PAINTER WHO STOPPED THE TRAINS

Claude Monet
Oscar-Claude Monet
November 14, 1840 – December 5, 1926

CLAUDE MONET: THE PAINTER WHO STOPPED THE TRAINS
by P.I. Maltbie
Illustrated by Jos. A. Smith
(Abrams, 2010)

Young
readers will learn how Claude Monet came to paint trains as well as how
he forever changed the minds of critics about his art and about the
Impressionists in general. When his nine-year-old son raves over trains
passing by in the countryside, Monet wishes his own art could excite
critics as much as trains captivate his son. The book explains his
painting technique, how critics viewed him and the other Impressionists,
and how he came to paint trains.
Jos.
A. Smith’s beautiful illustrations are paired with P. I. Maltbie’s
comprehensive text to create an inspiring tale of Monet. The book also
includes an author’s note, reproductions of some of Monet’s paintings, a
time line, a list of North American museums that house Monet’s
paintings, a bibliography, and an index.

“A handsome and
child-friendly introduction to the Impressionist master. The narrative
works well, and much information is thoughtfully, accessibly presented.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Smith expertly illuminates the changing
landscape of an evolving world, as Maltbie’s thoughtful story of
inspiration and imagination highlights a less remembered portion of
Monet’s work.” –Publishers Weekly

Check out some of Monet’s art at the Claude Monet online gallery:  http://www.claudemonetgallery.org/

November 28 Birthday: Ed Young: THE HOUSE BABA BUILT


Ed Young, artist
November 28, 1931-

The House Baba Built: An Artist’s Childhood in China by Ed Young (Little Brown and Company, 2011)

Caldecott Medal Award Winner Ed Young grew up in China. This is his story. And of the house his father built. A house that filled with family and friends and strangers during the war. A house that kept them safe. A house overflowing with love and joy.

Learn more about Shanghai, the largest city in the world, here.

October 25 Birthday: JUST BEHAVE, PABLO PICASSO

Pablo Picasso, artist
October 25, 1881-April 9, 1973


Just Behave, Pablo Picasso by Jonah Winter (Arthur A. Levine Books, 2012)

Change is what Picasso was all about. Always chasing new, Picasso continually reinvented his art. A true original.

A biography and works of Picasso can be found here at the Art History Archive.

October 25 Birthday: PARIS IN THE SPRING WITH PICASSO

Pablo Picasso
October 25, 1881 – April 8, 1973

PARIS IN THE SPRING WITH PICASSO
by Joan Yolleck
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman

Publisher synopsis: 

This evocative portrait of the artists that made Paris tick in the early
20th century is a perfect introduction to the world of contemporary
art and literature . . . and to Paris!

On any day of the week,
if you cross Paris’s Luxembourg Gardens, you will come to a cobbled
street called rue de Fleurus. Follow it to number 27, and you will
arrive at Gertrude Stein’s home. Inside, she and her friend Alice B.
Toklas are getting ready for their soiree with Pablo Picasso, Max
Jacob, and some other friends. While they are tidying, Pablo is at his
easel, working on a painting. His brilliant black eyes never leave the
canvas. And what is Max doing? Well, he is completely absorbed in a
poem he is writing.