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Styling Librarian: Book Feature: To Be An Artist #nfpb2014

NonfictionI am enjoying this focus on non-ficton picture books, grateful that Kid Lit Frenzy is featuring the challenge! I’ve been slowly adding new book purchases to the library collection and one popped out at me this week:

To Be an Artist by Maya Ajmera & John D. Ivanko, Foreward by Jacques d’Amboise founder of the National Dance Institute. Published in 2004.

IMG_1106IMG_1095This is a beautiful book packed with gorgeous photographs that celebrate the wonder of creativity, using art to communicate, and being human. I love how this book celebrates art created all over the world, not just a specific art in a specific location. You’re brought to Tanzania, China, Columbia, France and the US celebrating creativity and expressing yourself in different ways. This book can help children think with an international minded reflecting on how people are creative around the world, expressing themselves, but there are things in common as well.IMG_1098The various world-wide instruments introduced as well as all the mediums were beautiful. When the book switches over to the different dance styles, the pictures pop off the page as you look at th various dance costumes the children dress in. The simple text of “To be an artist…” brings you through the book with various ways that people are artists. I thought it ws interesting that there are pictures from every continent but Australi is missed, since I have numerous colleagues and students from Australia and New Zealand, I bet that will come up in book browsing time!

This book popped up numerous times in review lists and IB, International Baccalaureatte, lists as well. Glad I took the time to read it!


Goodreads Summary: “Children around the world express themselves through art, be it music, dance, visual arts, or theater. Beautiful photographs and lyrical text highlight the many ways art can bring us together.
A portion of the proceeds help support community-based projects benefiting children around the world.”

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