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Teacher-Selected Books for This Month's Reading Clubs



Last updated Wednesday, August 4, 2021

August: "Arts & Creativity"

Click on each book title for synopsis, discussion topics, and activity ideas.
Please note: We will provide you with PDF copies of these titles to read to the children.
After the reading clubs, these books will be donated to each school's library.

Kindergarten
The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art, by Barb Rosenstock
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Summary:  Vasya Kandinsky was a proper little boy: he studied math and history, he practiced the piano, he sat up straight and was perfectly polite. And when ...   (read more)
1st Grade
Mornings with Monet, by Barb Rosenstock
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Summary:  Claude Monet is one of the world's most beloved artists - and he became famous during his own lifetime. He rejected a traditional life laid out clean ...   (read more)
2nd Grade
Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, by Javaka Steptoe
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Summary:  Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ...   (read more)
3rd Grade
Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World, by Rachel Ignotofsky
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Summary:  Women in Art highlights the achievements and stories of 50 notable women in the arts - from well-known figures like painters Frida Kahlo and ...   (read more)
4th Grade
The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science, by Joyce Sidman
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Summary:  Bugs, of all kinds, were considered to be "born of mud" and to be "beasts of the devil." Why would anyone, let alone a girl, want to study and ...   (read more)
5th Grade
Claudia and the New Girl (The Baby-sitters Club Graphic Novel #9), by Ann M. Martin
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Summary:  Claudia has always been the most creative kid in her class... until Ashley Wyeth comes along. Ashley's really different: She wears hippie clothes and ...   (read more)