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EARL: Early Childhood Education

This guide is intended for students in the Early Childhood Education program. It will help you locate children's picture books in the Library collection, and conduct research using our online databases.

Picture Books About Visual Arts

The Art Lesson

Author: Tomie dePaola
Published: 1989
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
Having learned to be creative in drawing pictures at home, young Tommy is dismayed when he goes to school and finds the art lesson there much more regimented.

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse

Author: Eric Carle (Illustrator)
Published: 2011
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"Rather than use the same old colors, a child paints animals and objects in a variety of unexpected hues."--Publisher's description

The Day the Crayons Quit

Author: Drew Daywalt; Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
Published: 2013
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"When Duncan arrives at school one morning, he finds a stack of letters, one from each of his crayons, complaining about how he uses them when drawing"--Publisher's description.


Author: Raúl Colón
Published: 2014
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"In this wordless picture book, a boy who is confined to his room fills his sketch pad with lions and elephants, then imagines himself on a safari"--Publisher's description.

Emily's Art

Author: Peter Catalanotto
Published: 2001
Location: Bethlehem
Emily paints four pictures and enters one in the first-grade art contest, but the judge interprets Emily's entry as a rabbit instead of a dog.

Grandma's Gift

Author: Eric Velasquez
Published: 2010
Location: Bethlehem
Text in English and Spanish
"Eric and Grandma visit the Metropolitan Museum of Art for a school project, where he sees a painting by Diego Velasquez and realizes for the first time that he could be an artist when he grows up. Grandma presents Eric with the perfect Christmas gift: a sketchbook and colored pencils to use in his first steps toward becoming an artist."--Publisher's description.

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!

Author: Karen Beaumont; David Catrow (Illustrator)
Published: 2005
Location: Bethlehem
In the rhythm of a familiar folk song, a child cannot resist adding one more dab of paint in surprising places.

Little Mouse's Painting

Author: Diane Wolkstein; Mary Jane Begin (Illustrator)
Published: 1992
Location: Bethlehem
Little Mouse creates a painting which looks like three different things to her three friends, all of whom find themselves in it.


Author: Dori Kleber; G. Brian Karas (Illustrator)
Published: 2016
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"Joey loves things that fold: maps, bed, accordions, you name it. When a classmate's mother turns a plain piece of paper into a beautiful origami crane, his eyes pop. Maybe he can learn origami, too..."--Publisher's description.

Mouse and Hippo

Author: Mike Twohy (author/illustrator)
Published: 2017
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"When Hippo saves Mouse after he falls into the lake, Mouse paints his new friend's portrait to thank him"--Publisher's description.

Museum Shapes

Author: Metropolitan Museum of Art Staff (Contribution by)
Published: 2005
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"Learn the different shapes by looking at pieces of art"--Publisher's description.

My Duck

Author: Tanya Linch
Published: 2000
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"A little girl writes a story and soon it has a life of its own"--Publisher's description.

The Neat Line

Author: Pamela Duncan Edwards; Diana Cain Bluthenthal (Illustrator)
Published: 2005
Location: Bethlehem
A young scribble matures into a neat line, then wriggles into a book of nursery rhymes where he transforms himself into different objects to assist the characters he meets there.

Sky Color

Author: Peter H. Reynolds (Illustrator)
Published: 2012
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"Marisol loves to paint, so when her teacher asks her to help make a mural for the school library, she can't wait to begin! But wait: how can Marisol ever make a sky without blue paint? After gazing out the bus window and watching from her porch as day turns into night, she closes her eyes and starts to dream"--Publisher's description.

Tar Beach

Author: Faith Ringgold
Published: 1991
Location: Bethlehem
Coretta Scott King Award (illustrator), 1992
Caldecott Honor, 1992
A young girl dreams of flying above her Harlem home, claiming all she sees for herself and her family. Based on the author's quilt painting of the same name.

Twenty Heartbeats

Author: Dennis Haseley; Ed Young (Illustrator)
Published: 2008
Location: Bethlehem
"After waiting for decades for the portrait of his prize horse to be finished, an angry, rich man decides to confront the artist"--Publisher's description.

Picture Books About Performing Arts


Author: Misty Copeland; Christopher Myers (Illustrator)
Published: 2014
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"American Ballet Theater soloist Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. Includes author's note about dancers who led her to find her voice"--Publisher's description.

The Jellybeans and the Big Dance

Author: Nate Evans; Lynn Munsinger (Illustrator); Laura Numeroff
Published: 2008
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"When four young girls meet in dance class, it takes time for them to find a way -- and a reason -- to pull together as one, but Emily helps them realize that, just like a bag of jellybeans, they can be different and still go well together"--Publisher's description.

This Jazz Man

Author: Karen Ehrhardt; R. G. Roth (Illustrator)
Published: 2006
Location: Bethlehem
"Presents an introduction to jazz music and nine well-known jazz musicians, set to the rhythm of the traditional song 'This Old Man.' Includes brief facts about each musician"--Publisher's description.

Waltz of the Snowflakes

Author: Elly MacKay
Published: 2017
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"It is a cold and rainy evening when Gran gives her granddaughter something special: tickets to the ballet. Her granddaughter is reluctant to go... But as the curtains rise on 'The Nutcracker,' the girl's eyes light up as she's introduced to the magic of the theater."--Publisher's description.

Biographical Picture Books About Artists

Dave the Potter

Author: Laban Carrick Hill; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Published: 2010
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
Coretta Scott King Book Award (illustration), 2011. "Chronicles the life of Dave, a 19th-century slave who went on to become an influential poet, artist, and potter"--Publisher's description.


Author: Jonah Winter; Ana Juan (Illustrator)
Published: 2002
Location: Bethlehem
"Over and over again, Frida Kahlo turned the challenges of her life into art... a playful, insightful tribute to one of the twentieth century's most influential artists."--Publisher's description.

Radiant Child

Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"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 ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City."--Publisher's description

Trombone Shorty

Author: Troy Andrews; Bryan Collier (Illustrator)
Published: 2014
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
Caldecott Honor, 2016. "Hailing from the Tremâe neighborhood in New Orleans, Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews got his nickname by wielding a trombone twice as long as he was high. A prodigy, he was leading his own band by age six, and today this Grammy-nominated artist headlines the legendary New Orleans Jazz Fest"--Publisher's description.

Vincent Paints His House

Author: Tedd Arnold
Published: 2015
Location: Bethlehem & Monroe
"Artist Vincent van Gogh's animal friends disagree on how he should paint his house, so Vincent comes up with a colorful solution"--Publisher's description.