Georgia's Bones, beautifully illustrated by Bethanne Anderson. This tells a bit of the story of artist, Georgia O'Keeffe, perfect for children of all ages.
Now about the book I won! I think I actually had a bit of a choice of books and I chose A Splash of Red as it was about an author with whom I was not familiar, Horace Pippin. And if you hit the link you can actually watch a short video about him. And here from the National Gallery of Art is a unit of study!
This is a beautiful book illustrated by a favourite illustrator of mine, Melissa Sweet. I love what she wrote in the dedication- To Jen, whose words make pictures in my mind. That makes perfect sense to me as I think Jen Bryant is a beautiful wordsmith (not surprisingly as she is a poet too). But I love how Melissa put those words into pictures!
They arranged a one-man exhibition and soon he was famous and selling his pictures easily.
I love the book, the story, and the fact that he always added a touch of red to his paintings. I would certainly love to use this book with students, and I plan to lend it to my friend who I accused of borrowing it, and see what her students might do with it as a starting point to learning more about his work!
I also love how Jen researches real people and makes them accessible to young readers. For older students that process is a great entree into writing their own biographies.
I was thrilled to actually win this book (from following her on Facebook) just as I was thrilled to hear her speak and meet her at a conference long ago. If you aren't familiar with this award winning author's books you are missing treasures!! And I have only given you a sample of her work here! Happy reading!!!