Bonus Bibliography

Imagination at Work


Books for Independent Reading

VERY EASY

Just Like Me: Stories and Self-Portraits by Fourteen Artists
by Harriet Rohmer
(Multicultural)
Children's Press 1997 (32p)
Fourteen noted children's book illustrators provide a self-portrait and a discussion of their work.

Black Elephant with a Brown Ear (in Alabama)
by Barbara Ann Porte
(Art)
Greenwillow 1996 (48p)
The author creates ten stories to accompany the drawings and paintings of Bill Traylor, a former slave who began painting when he was almost ninety years old.

A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet
by Bijou Le Tord
(Art)
Doubleday 1995 (32p)
A wonderful profile of the artist, a leader of the impressionist movement, who was noted for painting his spontaneous impressions of outdoor scenes.

EASY

Catching the Fire: Philip Simmons, Blacksmith
by Mary E. Lyons
(Multicultural)
Houghton 1997 (48p)
For eighty years, nationally renowned African American artist Philip Simmons has molded metal into beautiful ornamental gates, fences, and railings.

Starry Messenger: Galileo Galilei
by Peter Sís
(Social Studies)
Farrar 1996 (32p)
The author presents the life and work of the famous scientist, astronomer, philosopher, and mathematician.

Gertrude Chandler Warner and the Boxcar Children
by Mary Ellen Ellsworth
Whitman 1997 (64p)
This biography of the woman who introduced millions of readers to Henry, Jessie, Violet, and Benny Alden--the Boxcar children--focuses on her early life when she lived across the street from the railroad tracks and how she came to write the series.

On the Bus with Joanna Cole
by Joanna Cole
Heinemann 1996 (61p)
Readers familiar with the popular Magic School Bus® series will appreciate the relevations of the author about her life, her ideas and the creative processes she uses in producing her books.

In Flight with David McPhail
by David McPhail
Heinemann 1996 (45p)
The author/illlustrator of Henry's Bear Park and Pig Pig series explains why he prefers to draw pigs. Illustrations in various stages of completion are included.

Walter Dean Myers
by Diane Patrick-Wexler
(Multicultural)
Raintree Steck-Vaughn 1995 (48p)
The life of Walter Dean Myers, author of over thirty books for young readers and winner of numerous awards, is profiled, from his early days in Harlem with his foster parents to the start of his career through the present.

Talking to Faith Ringgold
by Faith Ringgold, Linda Freeman, and Nancy Roucher
(multicultural)
Crown 1996 (48p) paper
The artist discusses her work and the reader is asked related questions at intervals in this interactive biography.

Talking with Artists, Volume Two
by Pat Cummings
(multicultural)
Simon 1995 (96p)
In her second book on artists, Cummings interviews Floyd Cooper, William Joyce, Sheila Hamanaka, and Brian Pinkney, among others, and takes the reader into the artists' studios, where they share some of their techniques.

AVERAGE

Laura Ingalls Wilder: Storyteller of the Prairie
by Ginger Wadsworth
Lerner 1997 (128p)
The author recounts the life of Laura Ingalls Wilder, whose childhood as a pioneer traveling with her family all over the Midwest led to the Little House books for which she is famous.

Mysterious Thelonius
by Chris Raschka
(Multicultural)
Orchard 1997 (32p)
Raschka matches the twelve musical tones of the diatonic scale to the twelve color values of the color wheel to tell about Thelonius Monk to the tune of Monk's "Misterioso."

Leonardo da Vinci
by Diane Stanley
(Social Studies)
Morrow 1996 (48p)
In a format similar to her earlier bigraphies, the author presents the life and work of Leonardo, frequently using quotations from his own work.

The Pearls of Lutra
by Brian Jacques
Philomel 1997 (408p)
In the latest adventures of Martin the Warrior, the answers to six riddle clues reveal where the six pink pearls of Lutra are hidden in Redwall Abbey, and Martin must find them before the villain Ublaz does.

Mennyms Alone
by Sylvia Waugh
Philomel 1996 (208p)
In this fourth story about the Mennyms, the family of rag dolls must again seek a new home.

Mennyms Under Seige
by Sylvia Waugh
Greenwillow 1996 (224p)
In the latest adventure of the Mennyms, Pilbeam visits a theater, drawing the attention of a curious neighbor, and now the family of rag dolls wonder if they can keep their secret from being discovered.

Black Artists in Photography, 1840-1940
by George Sullivan
(Multicultural)
Cobblehill 1996 (104p)
Profiles the lives and works of sixAfrican American professional photographers: Jules Lion, Augustus Washington, James P. Ball, The Goodridge brothers, Cornelius M. Battey, and Addison Scurlock.

The Mennyms in the Wilderness
by Sylvia Waugh
Greenwillow 1995 (250p) Avon 1996 paper
In this sequel to the fantasy The Mennyms, the doll family find their home threatened by the construction of a new highway and must seek a new place to live.

Brainstorm! The Stories of Twenty American Kid Inventors
by Tom Tucker
(science)
Farrar 1995 (148p)
Earmuffs, tufted bedspreads, the Popsicle, the sucker, and the resealable cereal box are just a few of the everyday items that were invented by imaginative young boys and girls.

Outcasts of Redwall
by Brian Jacques
Philomel 1996 (360p)
In the latest and eighth book in the Redwall series, the conflict between the badger lord Sunflash and the ferret warlord Swartt Sixclaw eventually involves the inhabitants of Redwall Abbey.

Steve Wozniak: Inventor of the Apple Computer
by Martha E. Kendall
Walker 1995 (104p)
Detailed here is the life of the man who built his first computer when he was eleven and developed Apple fifteen years later.

CHALLENGING

Mennyms Alive
by Sylvia Waugh
Greenwillow 1997 (224p)
In this conclusion to the Mennyms series, Soobie, the last, blue Mennym, prays desperately for everyone to wake and live again.

The Subtle Knife
by Philip Pullman
Knopf 1997 (352p)
In the second volume of Pullman's His Dark Materials trilogy, Will escapes his pursuers by going through a window into another world, joins forces with Lyra, and together they search for the phenomenon called Dust and for Will's father.

Thomas Harriot, Science Pioneer
by Ralph C. Staiger
Clarion 1997 (192p)
Although much of his work was unpublished, Renaissance scholar Harriot made major contributions to math, botany, and astronomy.

The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
Knopf 1996 (402p)
In this first book in a planned trilogy, Lyra, an orphan who lives with the scholars at Oxford, is unaware that she is the keystone to an ancient prophecy and is destined to save the world.

Our Stories: A Fiction Workshop for Young Authors
by Marion Dane Bauer
Clarion 1996 (208p)
The author teaches the elements of a good story, using the works of students in grades 4 through 12.

Lives of the Artists: Masterpieces, Messes, (and What the Neighbors Thought)
by Kathleen Krull
(art)
Harcourt 1995 (96p)
In her informative, entertaining, and often amusing series on creative people, the author focuses on artists, including Van Gogh, Andy Warhol, and Mary Cassatt.

Free to Dream: The Making of a Poet: Langston Hughes
by Audrey Osofsky
(multicultural)
Lothrop 1996 (112p)
The author covers Hughes' life from his youth in predominately white Kansas towns to his emergence as one of the great voices of the Harlem Renaissance.

Famous Hispanic Americans
by Janet Nomura Morey and Wendy Dunn
(multicultural)
Cobblehill 1996 (200p)
Among contemporary Hispanic Americans profiled in this collection are Paul Rodriguez, Felipe Alou, and Antonia Novella.

Now Available in Paperback

The Golden Compass
by Philip Pullman
Ballantine/Del Rey

Mennyms Under Siege
by Sylvia Waugh
Avon

Outcast of Redwall
by Brian Jacques
Berkley/Ace

The Mennyms in the Wilderness
by Sylvia Waugh
Avon

Oh, the Places He Went: A Story About Dr. Seuss
by Maryann N. Weidt
Carolrhoda

The Bellmaker
by Brian Jacques
Ace

Now Available in Spanish

Beethoven Lives Upstairs (Beethoven vive arriba)
by Barbara Nichol

The Wonderful Tower of Watts
by Patricia Zelver
Morrow/Mulberry

Bill Peet: An Autobiography
by Bill Peet
Houghton

Forest
by Janet Taylor Lisle
Scholastic

The Ink-Keeper's Apprentice
by Allen Say
Puffin

The Mennyms
by Sylvia Waugh
Avon/Camelot


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