According to Shaun Tan, “drawing is its own form of thinking.” With The Bird King (Arthur A. Levine, $19.99), this Academy Award-winning artist invites the reader to browse his elegant, whimsical and mysterious thought processes.  A deceptively small book, each page of Tan’s collection will capture the reader with its glimpses into the origins of Tan’s art. Opening with a discussion on drawing and the creation of art, the book is separated into four sections: untold stories; sketches from his literary, theatrical, and cinematic endeavors; drawings from life; and his notebooks. This volume is an attractive and obligatory addition to the collections of aspiring artists, writers, and graphic novelists.  Ages 10 and up. KLP

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ISBN: 9780545465137
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Published: Arthur A. Levine Books - February 1st, 2013

Diego Rivera was a painter, a Communist, a collector, and Frida Kahlo’s husband. Above all, however, he wanted to be known as Diego Rivera: An Artist for the People (Abrams, $21.95). Susan Goldman Rubin effortlessly weaves the events of Rivera’s life into a tapestry as detailed and riveting as one of his own murals. His personal life and his political ideals receive ample attention, but it his creative genius that undoubtedly takes center stage in this fascinating and richly illustrated biography. Ages 12 and up. JLM

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ISBN: 9780810984110
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Published: Harry N. Abrams - February 5th, 2013

For Florence Mills, growing up in a small house in Washington, DC at the beginning of the twentieth century, music was an inspiring and powerful force. Though no recordings of her singing were ever made, the purity and strength of her voice and her role in the Harlem Renaissance are legendary. Renée Watson portrays the life of Harlem’s Little Blackbird (Random House, $17.99) as an endless and inspiring pursuit of music, from the playground to the international stage; she also shows how Mills was able to use the power of her voice to promote equality. Christian Robinson’s elegant, high-contrast illustrations emphasize the mix of inspiration and fantasy that make up both Mills’s life and her legacy. Ages 5-8. CEB

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By Renée Watson, Christian Robinson (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780375869730
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Published: Random House Books for Young Readers - October 23rd, 2012

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