Picture Book Biographies: Artists

Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter by Kathy Whitehead; illustrated by Shane Evans
Clementine Hunter’s paintings went from hanging on her clothesline to hanging in museums, yet because of the color of her skin, a friend had to sneak her in when the gallery was closed.

Draw What You See: The Life and Art of Benny Andrews by Kathleen Benson; illustrated with paintings by Benny Andrews
Looks at the life of the artist Benny Andrews illustrated with his original paintings, from his childhood and youth in rural Georgia, through his studies in Chicago and his activism and artistic success in New York City.

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America by Carole Boston Weatherford; illustrations by Jamey Christoph
“Presents the life and accomplishments of the first black director in Hollywood who became the first African American photographer for Life magazine.” – (Baker & Taylor)
This title is also available as an ebook.

In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage by Alan Schroeder; illustrated by JaeMe Bereal
“A biography of African American sculptor Augusta Savage, who overcame many obstacles as a young woman to become a premier female sculptor of the Harlem Renaissance. Includes an afterword about Savage‘s adult life and works, plus photographs”–Provided by publisher.

It Jes’ Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw by Don Tate; illustrated by R. Gregory Christie
“A biography of twentieth-century African American folk artist Bill Traylor, a former slave who at the age of eighty-five began to draw pictures based on his memories and observations of rural and urban life in Alabama. Includes an afterword, author’s note, and sources”–Provided by publisher.

A Splash of Red: the life and art of Horace Pippin written by Jen Bryant; illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Presents an illustrated introduction to the life and work of artist Horace Pippin, describing his childhood love for drawing and the World War I injury that challenged his career.  This title is currently nominated for the Monarch Award.  It was also a winner of the Schneider Family Book Award, the NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children, and a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book.

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One response to “Picture Book Biographies: Artists

  1. Update: The book Gordon Parks just received an NAACP Image Award in the category Outstanding Literary Work for Children:


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