Poetry and Art
1. Life Doesn't Frighten Me by Maya Angelou (art by Jean-Michele Basquiat)
2. Jabberwocky by Lewis Carroll (art by Christopher Myers)
3. If by Sarah Perry and from the Getty Trust
A series of "What if's" accompanied by gorgeous art. Yes... I have a distinct style of favorite.
4. Imagine a Day by Sarah L. Thomson (art by Rob Gonzalves)
I used this book and others by Magic Realism artist Rob Gonsalves in lessons focused on incorporating Magic Realism in writing in class, in writing camp, and for my own writing. I wrote about in this post here.
5. A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams by Jen Bryant
This book is new to me, but quickly earned a spot on my favorites list. I heard about it on the NPR show A Way With Words. Co-host Grant Barrett talked about how his son was comforted by the message in this biography that sometimes, as artists or wordsmiths, we have a vision in our mind and it is so difficult to get it on paper in a way that matches the image in our head, or the models we have seen in our lives. That is a message our young writers need to hear.
6. Frida by Jonah Winter
This book also explores the idea of an artists mind while sharing biograpical information about Frida Kahlo. I love the rich and colorful illustrations and the story of Frida's childhood and how she turned to art to help her deal with her own health issues and pain.
Monsters and math? This book explores the math concepts of factoring and prime and composite numbers using monsters and bold illustrations. What more could you ask for? Here is an illustration from early in the book:
Just Because--I just love the stories, illustrations, authors, concepts, and overall amazingness of both of these books. This is just pure books love.