Cloth Lullaby (Abrams, $18.95) is a perfect, poetic tribute to the artist Louise Bourgeois (1911-2010). Amy Novesky describes the young Louise, who bonded deeply with her mother (later immortalized in Bourgeois’s many spider sculptures) and grew up working in her family’s tapestry-repair workshop. Bourgeois’s lifelong love of textiles and patterns and her constant metaphorical re-imagining of childhood are lovingly evoked. Striking, mood-setting illustrations by Isabelle Arsenault in colored pencils, pastels, watercolors, and bright brushwork are often reminiscent of Louise’s own paintings. After reading this stunning book, you will be inspired to visit Bourgeois’s giant spider that lives in the National Gallery of Art Sculpture Garden. Ages 6-10.

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois Cover Image
By Amy Novesky, Isabelle Arsenault (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9781419718816
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Published: Abrams Books for Young Readers - March 1st, 2016

When graphic designer Art Kane assembled 57 notable jazz musicians in front of a Harlem brownstone in the summer of 1958 for a magazine photo, he probably did not realize how iconic that image would become. Roxane Orgill’s free verse poetry takes the minutiae of those hours and turns it into a descriptive, entertaining, and engaging narrative. Debut illustrator Francis Vallejo’s acrylic and pastel images are vibrant, beautiful, and perfectly evocative of the era. The book is a refreshingly original work of art that tells the story of an extraordinary Jazz Day (Candlewick, $18.99). Ages 9-13.

Jazz Day: The Making of a Famous Photograph Cover Image
By Roxane Orgill, Francis Vallejo (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780763669546
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Published: Candlewick - March 8th, 2016

Artist Jacob Lawrence was only thirteen when he moved from Philadelphia to Harlem during its celebrated renaissance. Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts imagines what a day in his life might have been like at this time, following young Jake from the hour he wakes up at dawn and notices color returning to the world. As Jake walks to Utopia Children’s House, he notices the sights, sounds, and smells that comprise 1930s Harlem. Upon his arrival, he takes this multisensory barrage and Jake Makes a World (MoMA, $18.95) of his own, a miniature Harlem in a shoebox that uses color to capture the essence of his environment. Rhodes-Pitts’s lyrical prose captures the magic of art-making, while Christopher Myers’s joyful illustrations burst with individuality and charm. Ages 5-8

Jake Makes a World: Jacob Lawrence, A Young Artist in Harlem Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870709654
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Published: Museum of Modern Art, New York - June 30th, 2015