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Celebrate the Arts!

Art

Arnold, Katya
Elephants Can Paint Too!
An environmental group seeking to protect and preserve elephants uses unusual methods to attract attention from potential supporters -- they teach the elephants to paint.
 
Catalanotto, Peter
Emily's Art
The joy of creative expression is captured perfectly in this sensitive look at a school art contest.
 
Lehman, Barbara
Museum Trip
A magical, wordless adventure, this compact picture book follows a young boy as he tours an art museum and finds himself being literally drawn into the exhibits.
 
Raczka, Bob
More than Meets the Eye: Seeing Art with All Five Senses
Raczka offers images of paintings and suggests new, sensory ways to experience them.
 
Renshaw, Amanda
The Art Book for Children
Serious students and those looking for a comprehensive view of art history will appreciate this informative book and appreciate Renshaw's follow-up: The Art Book for Children. Book Two.
 
Reynolds, Peter
The Dot
Sometimes people doubt their own abilities, but a good teacher can draw out the talent in even the most stubborn student.
 
Scieszka, Jon and Lane Smith
Seen Art?
A quirky tour of the Museum of Modern Art in New York, this off-beat excursion offers puns and unusual perspectives sure to capture kids' interest.
 
Wallace, Nancy Elizabeth
Look! Look! Look!
An introduction to art for the littlest listeners, this features three curious mice who find a postcard and begin to discover the joy of creativity.
 

Dance

Andreae, Giles
Giraffes Can't Dance
Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
Sometimes the cure for two left feet (or, in Gerald's case, four of them) is finding just the right beat.
 
Beaumont, Karen
Baby Danced the Polka
Illustrated by Jennifer Plecas
Bouncing rhymes and humorous illustrations show the clever ways an energetic baby finds to delay bedtime (and tire out his parents in the process.)
 
Dillon, Leo
Rap a Tap Tap: Here's Bojangles, Think of That!
A celebration of a uniquely American art form, this picture book captures the percussive charm of a much admired tap dancer.
 
Grau, Andrée
Dance
This Eyewitness title offers photos, illustrations and information on a variety of dance styles and traditions around the world.
 
Keeler, Patricia A. and Julio T. Leitão
Drumbeat in Our Feet
This bright and energetic book offers information about the history of African dance as well as a portrait of a contemporary dance troupe that carries on the traditions.
 
Mitton, Tony
Dinosaurumpus
Illustrated by Guy Parker-Rees
At a loss about how to introduce dance to energetic young listeners? Try mixing in some dinosaurs to make things really jump.
 
Siegel, Siena Cherson
To Dance: A Memoir
Illustrated by Mark Siegel
Presented in graphic novel format this is the true story of a young girl's ambition, hard work and experiences as she pursues her dream to study ballet.
 

Music

Cox, Judy
My Family Plays Music
Illustrated by Elbrite Brown
An exuberant young girl describes the different styles of music enjoyed-and performed-by her family.
 
Holm, Jennifer L. & Matthew Holm
Babymouse. 4, Rock Star
Babymouse's gigantic imagination fills her head with grandiose dreams and the pages of this graphic novel with laugh out loud humor.
 
Krosoczka, Jarrett
Punk Farm
Young listeners will love this silly story of a group of musically inclined farm animals who gather in the barn at the end of the day to rock out to old favorite "Old MacDonald."
 
McPhail, David
Mole Music
Quiet Mole finds a way to soothe his soul and contribute something to the greater world in this charming look at the power of music.
 
Moss, Lloyd
Zin! Zin! Zin! : A Violin
Illustrated by Marjorie Priceman
This introduction to some of the instruments of the orchestra combines counting, rhymes, and appealing illustrations into a symphony of sheer fun.
 
Thompson, Kate
The New Policeman
Music, magic and the mysteries of time run through this engaging novel set in Ireland.
 

Poetry

Crews, Nina
The Neighborhood Mother Goose
A cool new take on traditional rhymes, this picture book features photo-collage illustrations with contemporary kids in up-to-date urban settings.
 
The Entrance Place of Wonders: Poems of the Harlem Renaissance
Selected by Daphne Muse; illustrated by Charlotte Riley-Webb.
A selection of poetry by African-American poets, both famous and lesser known, of the Harlem Renaissance, this includes brief biographical sketches and dramatic illustrations.
 
Janeczko, Paul B.
A Kick in the Head
Illustrated by Chris Raschka
In words and pictures that complement each other perfectly Janeczko and Raschka explain the numerous different ways that a poem may take shape.
 
Prelutsky, Jack
If Not for the Cat: Haiku
Illustrated by Ted Rand
Brief, haiku style poems capture the qualities of the various animals that appear in the large, lovely watercolor illustrations.
 
Prelutsky, Jack
Read a Rhyme, Write a Rhyme: Poems
Illustrated by Meilo So
Half the fun of exploring various art forms is experimenting with them-and this engaging collection offers the perfect opportunity to try your hand at writing poetry.
 
Scieszka, John
Science Verse
Parodies of famous poems, each with a focus on a scientific topic, fill this humorous book that is a companion to the author's earlier Math Curse.
 
Sidman, Joyce
Song of the Water Boatman: And Other Pond Poems
From the hilariously greedy proclamations of a predatory beetle to the melancholy musings of a turtle about to enter hibernation, well written poems and clear, colorful woodblock illustrations illuminate the natural world.