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Artists in Fiction

Real Artists in Fiction

NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
AUTHOR TITLE DATE CALL #
Anholt, Laurence Cézanne and the Apple Boy
Paul's father, the artist Paul Cézanne has been away from home for so long that the boy hardly recognizes his father when he returns. But the two soon become fast friends...
2009 JE ANHOL
Anholt, Laurence Degas and the Little Dancer: A Story About Edgar Degas
Because Marie helps her poor parents by modeling for an ill-tempered artist, she becomes a famous ballerina but not in the way she had dreamed.
1996 JE ANHOL
Anholt, Laurence Camille and the Sunflowers: A Story About Vincent Van Gogh
Despite the derision of their neighbors, a young French boy and his family befriend the lonely painter who comes to their town and begin to admire his unusual paintings.
1994 JE ANHOL
Anholt, Laurence Leonardo and the Flying Boy: A Story About Leonardo da Vinci
There were no spaceships or airplanes when Zoro was a boy. He lived in Italy during the era we now call the Renaissance, a time when the sky belonged to the birds. But one unusual man dreamed of incredible flying machines…
2000 JE ANHOL
Anholt, Laurence The Magical Garden of Claude Monet
Julie lives in Paris, but she longs to walk in a beautiful country garden. When her mother takes her on a visit to rural Giverny, Julie discovers a beautiful garden and befriends the man she believes is the gardener…
2003 JE ANHOL
Anholt, Laurence Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail: A Story About Pablo Picasso
Sylvette gradually begins to gain self-confidence during the summer she models for the renowned artist Pablo Picasso in the French village of Vallauris.
1998 JE ANHOL
Appel, Julie and Amy Guglielmo Catch Picasso's Rooster
Little hands will enjoy stroking a red feather on Picasso's "The Rooster," feeling soft fleece in Milton Avery's "Sheep, 1952," and petting a kitten's whiskers in Henri Rousseau's "The Tabby." They can even smell a scratch-and-sniff cheese surface on van Gogh's "Two Rats."
2009 J BOARDBK APPEL
Appel, Julie Count Monet's Lilies
Learn to count to nine with examples from impressionist painting, including Monet, Van Gogh, Renoir, and others. Additional details on the paintings and artists at the end of the book.
2010 J BOARDBK APPEL
Arrigan, Mary Mario's Angels: A story about the artist Giotto
Mister Giotto is decorating a chapel with frescoes, and little Mario longs to lend a hand, but Giotto says no…
2006 JE ARRIG
Björk, Christina Linnea in Monet's Garden
A little girl visits the home and garden of Claude Monet at Giverny, France, and learns about the artist's paintings and his life.
1987 J BJORK
Browne, Anthony Willy's Pictures
Willy the chimp paints pictures that are tributes to art masterpieces.
2000 JE BROWN
Bryant, Jen Georgia's Bones
Artist Georgia O'Keeffe was interested in the shapes she saw around her, from her childhood on a Wisconsin farm to her adult life in New York City and New Mexico.
2005 JE BRYAN
Burleigh, Robert Toulouse-Lautrec: the Moulin Rouge and the City of Light
A short biography of the artist and a look at the city he loved.
2005 JB T64BU
Comora, Madeleine Rembrandt & Titus: Artist and Son
Titus, the son of famous artist Rembrandt van Rijn, tells how his father's life and work taught him about creativity and ways of seeing the world.
2005 J COMOR
Conkie, Heather Degas and the Dancer [videorecording]
In 1874 Paris, painter Edgar Degas is struggling with debt after his father's death. He takes a job illustrating a small book on opera and becomes inspired by a young ballerina named Marie.
1999 DVD J759.4 DEGAS
Dionetti, Michelle Painting the Wind
Entranced by the paintings of the unconventional artist Vincent Van Gogh, for whom her mother is working as a housekeeper, Claudine is saddened when the townspeople turn against him.
1996 J DIONE
Everett, Gwen Li'l Sis and Uncle Willie: A Story Based on the Life and Paintings of William H. Johnson
Surveys the life of African-American artist William H. Johnson as his young niece might have told it. The artist's paintings provide the illustrations.
1991 JB J6394E
Garland, Michael Dinner at Magritte's
Young Pierre spends the day with surrealist artists René Magritte and Salvador Dalí.
1995 JE GARLA
Guarnieri, Paolo A Boy Named Giotto
Eight-year-old Giotto the shepherd boy confesses his dream of becoming an artist to the painter Cimabue, who teaches him how to make marvelous pigments from minerals, flowers, and eggs and takes him on as his pupil.
1999 JE GUARN
Harvey, Jeanne Walker My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden's Childhood Journey
In Harlem, New York City, an artist follows the rhythms of blues music as he recalls his North Carolina childhood while painting, cutting, and pasting to make art.
2011 JE HARVE
Hillenbrand, Will Louie!
In a stunning new style, Hillenbrand presents a unique, creative interpretation of Ludwig Bemelmans' childhood as a little artist who started his life misunderstood, but who became one of the most celebrated children's book creators of all time.
2009 JE HILLE
Hong, Chen Jiang The Magic Horse of Han Gan
Master artist Han Gan's painted horse comes alive to help save ancient China from attack.
2006 JE CHEN
Hooper, Meredith Celebrity Cat
It is Cats' Visiting Night at the Art Gallery, and from all over town cats have come to see the paintings…
2006 JE HOOPE
Hooper, Meredith Dog's Night
It is Dogs' Night in the Art Gallery, the dogs' secret, special night out. The dogs in the paintings are waiting impatiently for everyone to go home, so that they can climb down to the floor and chase each other around the Gallery. They do this every year, and no one has ever found out. But on this particular night the dogs get over-exited, and then very sleepy, and some of them end up in the wrong paintings!.
2006 JE HOOPE
Isom, Joan Shaddox The First Starry Night
Jacques encounters and befriends Vincent Van Gogh when he comes to stay in the boarding house where he works.
1997 JE ISOM
Jackson, Shelley Mimi's Dada Catifesto
Mimi is not like other cats, and Mr. Dada is not like other humans…Mimi sees right away that Mr. Dada is the human for her…
2010 JE JACKS
Johnson, D. B. Magritte's Marvelous Hat: A Picture Book
When painter Magritte buys a playful--and magical--hat, his painting enjoys a burst of creativity. Inspired by the art of French surrealist painter René Magritte.
2012 JE JOHNS
Kimmel, Eric A Picture for Marc
Marc, an imaginative Russian boy, discovers his talent for drawing and, with the encouragement of a friend and an art teacher, decides to become an artist. Based loosely on the childhood of Marc Chagall.
2007 J KIMME
Laden, Nina When Pigasso Met Mootisse
Pigasso, a talented pig, and Mootisse, an artistic bull, live across the road from one another, but when conflicts arise they build fences that ultimately become modern art masterpieces. Includes biographies of the real-life artists, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso.
1998 JE LADEN
Lasky, Kathryn Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O'Keeffe
The artist Georgia O'Keeffe spends the day transforming the materials, colors, and landscape of her desert home into paintings. Includes biographical notes.
2006 JE LASKY
Le Tord, Bijou A Blue Butterfly: A Story About Claude Monet
In a garden of spectacular beauty in Giverny, France, Claude Monet painted flowers. Dazzled by the light, he painted with rich colors of vermilion, emerald, and violet…
1995 J759.4 LETOR
Littlesugar, Amy Marie in Fourth Position: The Story of Degas' "The Little Dancer"
After she models for the artist and sculptor Edgar Degas, Marie feels transformed into a butterfly and becomes known all over the world as "The Little Dancer."
1996 JE LITTL
Littlesugar, Amy A Portrait of Spotted Deer's Grandfather
When Spotted Deer's grandfather dreams that one white man can keep the Indians from blowing away forever, Moose Horn agrees to let George Catlin paint his portrait.
1997 JE LITTL
Littlesugar, Amy Jonkonnu: A Story from the Sketchbook of Winslow Homer
A young southern girl tells of the time Winslow Homer came to town to paint pictures and defied the town fathers by portraying the lives of the poor Black people who lived down the red clay road.
1997 JE LITTL
Lord, Michelle Little Sap and Monsieur Rodin
In the early 1900s, little Sap, a young girl from the rice fields of Cambodia, wins a coveted place in the royal dance troupe and learns the steps so well that she is noticed by the famous artist Auguste Rodin, who rewards her with a special prize. A foreword and an author's note give additional information about the history of Cambodia, Khmer dance, and August Rodin.
2006 JE LORD
Maltbie, P.I. Picasso and Minou
The artist Pablo Picasso's cat Minou influences him to discontinue his Blue Period style of painting to begin creating works that will sell more quickly. Includes brief notes on Picasso's life and work.
2008 JE MALTB
Mayhew, James Katie and the British Artists
"Katie just can't decide what she wants to be when she grows up. Perhaps a trip to the gallery with Grandma will help… Might the characters in five famous paintings by British artists give her some ideas?"--Back cover.
2008 JE MAYHE
Mayhew, James Katie and the Mona Lisa
At the art museum, while her grandmother dozes, Katie steps into the painting of the Mona Lisa and together they have adventures with the characters from four other well-known Renaissance paintings. Includes informationabout the artists.
1999 JE MAYHE
Mayhew, James Katie and the Sunflowers
While visiting the art museum, Katie has an adventure stepping in and out of five paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne. Includes information about Post-impressionism and the particular paintings and artists in the story.
2001 JE MAYHE
Mayhew, James Katie Meets the Impressionists
On a visit to the museum, Katie climbs into five Impressionist paintings and has wonderful adventures.
1997 JE MAYHE
Mayhew, James Katie and the Waterlily Pond : a Magical Journey through Five Monet Masterpieces
While at the art gallery with her grandmother, Katie steps into five different Monet paintings and gains inspiration for her own painting.
2010 JE MAYHE
Merberg, Julie Dancing with Degas
Provides a simple introduction to French artist Edgar Degas and his pastel paintings of ballerinas.
2003 J BOARDBK MERBE
Merberg, Julie In the Garden with Van Gogh
Set against the backdrop of well-known works by the artist Vincent Van Gogh, rhyming text tells a story from the artwork.
2002 J BOARDBK MERBE
Merberg, Julie A Picnic with Monet
Provides a simple introduction to the work of French artist Claude Monet, featuring his Impressionist paintings of city and country scenes.
2003 J BOARDBK MERBE
Merberg, Julie Sharing with Renoir
Set against the backdrop of well-known works by the artist, Auguste Renoir, rhyming text tells a story from the artwork.
2005 J BOARDBK MERBE
Merberg, Julie Sunday with Seurat
Set against the backdrop of well-known works by the artist, Georges Seurat, rhyming text tells a story from the artwork.
2005 J BOARDBK MERBE
Montanari, Eva Chasing Degas
At the time of the Impressionists, a young ballet dancer races around Paris searching for Monsieur Degas, who accidentally took her bag--and the tutu she needs for the recital in which she is to perform that night. Includes reproductions of paintings by French Impressionist painters, with an author's note.
2009 JE MONTA
Nicholson, Nicholas B. A. Little Girl in a Red Dress with Cat and Dog
Tells a fictionalized story of how this actual portrait of a young farm girl came to be painted by Ammi Phillips sometime around 1835 in Dutchess County, New York.
1998 JE NICHO
Novesky, Amy Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased
In 1939, artist Georgia O'Keeffe creates nearly twenty paintings as she tours the Hawaiian islands, but refuses to paint pictures of pineapples the way her sponsors tell her to.
2012 JE NOVES
Novesky, Amy Me, Frida
Tells the story of Frida Kahlo, wife of the famous artist Diego Rivera, who discovers who she is as an artist while living in San Francisco.
2010 JE NOVES
Obiols, Anna Dali and the Path of Dreams
Little Salvi goes on a surreal adventure that begins with finding a key under the ocean…
2004 JE OBIOL
Parillo, Tony Michelangelo's Surprise
After a very heavy snowfall in Florence, Italy, Sandro, the youngest page in the palazzo of Piero De' Medici, tries to find out why the ruler has summoned the sculptor, Michelangelo.
1998 JE PARIL
Rodrigue, George Are You Blue Dog's Friend?
This colorful book features George Rodrigue's famous Blue Dog and his many friends.
2009 JE RODRI
Rubin, Susan Goldman Degas and the Dance: The Painter and the Petits Rats, Perfecting Their Art
Explores the life and work of the nineteenth-century French artist who devoted most of his artwork to the subject of ballet.
2002 J759.4 DEGAS
Sabuda, Robert Uh-oh, Leonardo!
Providence the mouse travels through time to sixteenth-century Florence, Italy, where she shares an adventure with Leonardo da Vinci, the inventor she admires so much.
2003 JE SABUD
Sellier, Marie Renoir's Colors
"Open the window to Pierre-Auguste Renoir's use of color through this interactive lift-the-flap book."--Cover back.
2009 J BOARDBK SELLI
Shafer, Anders C. The Fantastic Journey of Pieter Bruegel
For over two years in the mid-1500s, Pieter Bruegel keeps a journal of his trip from his home in Antwerp, The Netherlands, to Rome, where he studies art before returning home again.
2002 JE SHAFE
Spiotta-Dimare, Loren Rockwell: A Boy and His Dog
A fictionalized incident in the lives of Norman Rockwell and Scotty Ingram, a kid who often posed for Rockwell s illustrations.
2005 JE SPIOT
Strand, Mark Rembrandt Takes a Walk
On a visit to his rich eccentric uncle, Tom discovers his paintings have some unusual qualities, such as when Rembrandt leaves his self-portrait and takes a walk with Tom.
1986 J STRAN
Sweeney, Joan Once Upon a Lily Pad: Froggy Love in Monet's Garden
Hector and Henriette, the most famous frogs in France, befriend an old painter in a battered straw hat named Monet.
1995 JE SWEEN
Sweeney, Joan Suzette and the Puppy: A Story About Mary Cassatt
Having met a tall lady and her captivating little dog in a park in Paris, Suzette is later delighted when the lady comes to paint her portrait and brings the dog with her.
2000 JE SWEEN
Ulrich, George Mrs. Picasso's Polliwog: A Mystery
"Polly the polliwog fits right in with Mrs. Picasso's other pets except that she makes no sound. Then one day Polly's bowl is empty and Mrs. Picasso hears a new sound--ribid..."
2003 JE ULRIC
Waldman, Neil The Starry Night
Vincent Van Gogh befriends a young boy in New York City in this picture book fantasy about art and creativity.
1999 JE WALDM
Warhola, James Uncle Andy's Cats
Twenty-five cats named Sam have the run of Uncle Andy's (artist Andy Warhol) New York City townhouse.
2009 JE WARHO
Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum
In this wordless story, a young girl and her grandmother view works inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the balloon she has been forced to leave outside floats around New York City causing a series of mishaps that mirror scenes in the museum's artworks.
1998 JE WEITZ
Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss You Can't Take a Balloon into the Museum of Fine Arts
While a brother and sister, along with their grandparents, visit the Museum of Fine Arts, the balloon they were not allowed to bring into the museum floats around Boston, causing a series of mishaps at various tourist sites.
2002 JE WEITZ
Weitzman, Jacqueline Preiss You Can't Take a Balloon into the National Gallery
While a brother and sister, along with their grandmother, visit the National Gallery of Art, the balloon they were not allowed to bring into the museum floats around Washington, D.C., causing a series of mishaps at various tourist sites. Images of thirty-two famous Americans appear among the illustrations.
2002 JE WEITZ
Whitehead, Kathy Art from Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter
Clementine Hunter's paintings went from hanging on her clothesline to hanging in museums, yet because of the color of her skin, a friend had to sneak her in when the gallery was closed.
2008 JE WHITE
Winch, John Fly, Kite, Fly! A Story of Leonardo and a Bird Catcher
"…a story of a young boy's chance meeting with one of history's greatest artists, Leonardo da Vinci"--back cover.
2007 JE WINCH
Winter, Jeanette Josefina
A counting book inspired by Mexican folk artist Josefina Aguilar who makes painted clay figures.
1996 JE WINTE
Wooding, Sharon The Painter's Cat
When his master becomes so involved with work on an extraordinary painting that he neglects to feed him, Micio the cat takes to the streets of Venice looking for dinner.
1994 JE WOODI
Yolleck, Joan Paris in the Spring with Picasso
A portrait of the artists that made Paris tick in the early 20th century, this is an introduction to the world of contemporary art and literature . . . and to Paris.
2010 JE YOLLE

Fictional Artists

NOTE: All call numbers are for the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, Indiana
AUTHOR TITLE DATE CALL #
Browning, Diane Signed, Abiah Rose
In pioneer days, a young girl who is a talented artist is encouraged to paint portraits, Bible scenes, and other pictures, but told never to sign her work, either because it would be a sign of pride or because artists are expected to be men.
2009 JE BROWN
Dorros, Arthur Julio's Magic
A young artist discovers the power of friendship when he helps his mentor win a prestigious wood-carving contest.
2005 JE DORRO
Ehlert, Lois Hands: Growing Up to be an Artist
As the child in this story watches her mother and father work with their hands, she knows she wants to build and sew and garden and paint just like they do. All she needs is a special place to work, lots of good materials--and plenty of encouragement.
2004 JE EHLER
Elliott, Zetta Bird
As Bird struggles to understand the death of his beloved grandfather and his older brother's drug addiction, he escapes into his art. Drawing is an outlet for Bird's emotions and imagination, and provides a path to making sense of his world. In time, with the help of his grandfather's friend, Bird finds his own special somethin' and wings to fly.
2008 J ELLIO
Haseley, Dennis Twenty Heartbeats
After waiting for decades for the portrait of his prize horse to be finished, an angry rich man decides to confront the artist.
2008 JE HASEL
Jahn-Clough, Lisa Little Dog
A lonely stray dog befriends a struggling artist, transforming her art and both their lives.
2006 JE JAHNC
Kitamura, Satoshi Pablo the Artist
Pablo longs to have his painting displayed at an exhibition, and finds that all he needs is a little help from his friends.
2006 JE KITAM
Lichtenheld, Tom Bridget's Beret
Bridget loves to draw, and she likes to wear a beret for inspiration. So when her beloved hat blows away, Bridget searches for it high and low. She files a Missing Beret Report. She even considers other hats, but none of them feel quite right. It's no use; without her beret, Bridget can't seem to draw. How will she overcome her artist's block? Make sure to check out Bridget's notebook scribbles at the end of the book for her thoughts and facts on art!
2010 JE LICHT
Littlesugar, Amy Josiah True and the Art Maker
An itinerant woman artist comes to paint the True family's portrait and makes a special brush for Josiah before she leaves.
1995 JE LITTL
McDonnell, Patrick Art
A rhyming tribute to a budding young artist.
2006 JE MCDON
Napoli, Donna Jo Ready to Dream
While drawing pictures of the animals she sees on her trip to Australia, a young girl named Ally meets Pauline, an aborigine woman and fellow artist, from whom Ally learns that art is not always created with just paper and paints, and that mistakes are actually happy accidents.
2009 JE NAPOL
Reynolds, Peter The Dot
Vashti believes that she cannot draw, but her art teacher's encouragement leads her to change her mind.
2003 JE REYNO
Reynolds, Peter Ish
Ramon loses confidence in his ability to draw, but his sister gives him a new perspective on things.
2004 JE REYNO
Sherry, Kevin I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean
A giant squid brags about being the best artist in the entire ocean.
2008 JE SHERR
Spiro, Ruth Lester Fizz, Bubble-Gum Artist
Everyone in the Fizz family is an artist. Everyone, that is, except Lester, whose paintings are pitiful and doodles are drab. He can't seem to find a way to fit in with the illustrious Fizzes, until one day a mouthful of gum becomes a work of art in Lester's talented lips.
2008 JE SPIRO
Wiesner, David Art & Max
Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.
2010 JE WIESN

WEB SITES

  • Albright-Knox Art Games
    This interactive site engages children in art activities that help them to learn about artists and the works of art in the collection of the Albright-Knox Art Gallery in Buffalo, New York.
    http://www.kids.albrightknox.org
  • Art for Kids!
    Activities, games, a student art gallery and more all just for kids!
    http://www.princetonol.com/groups/iad/lessons/middle/for-kids.htm
  • Exploring Leonardo
    Leonardo da Vinci had a keen eye and quick mind that led him to make important scientific discoveries, yet he never published his ideas. This site offers insite into his life.
    http://www.mos.org/sln/Leonardo/LeoHomePage.html
  • Inside Art
    Become an art detective by heading inside paintings to find out the real stories behind the paintings and the artists.
    http://www.eduweb.com/insideart/
  • National Gallery of Art for Kids
    Explore stories in art, take a post card tour of one of the galleries, get directions for art activities and projects.
    http://www.nga.gov/kids
  • WebMuseum
    A nice collection of art and art history.
    http://www.ibiblio.org/wm/
  • World Wide Art Gallery
    See examples of art done by children from around the world, and connect to links of art activities and information about art and art history.
    http://www.theartgallery.com.au/kidsart.html

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This list was created and is maintained by Children's Services Librarians.
Comments and suggestions can be sent to Mary R. Voors, Manager, Children's Services at mvoors@acpl.info.


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