Gifts Giving Back 2020-2021: Creative Expression

Books that will encourage students to channel their inner artist and express themselves.

Flora's Tree House Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781627792264
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Published: Henry Holt and Co. (BYR) - May 28th, 2019

With playful text and vibrant art, Gabriel Alboroz's Flora’s Tree House is a unique picture book about imagination for all children learning to appreciate a sibling’s strengths, as well as their own.


Hey, Wall: A Story of Art and Community Cover Image
By Susan Verde, John Parra (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781481453134
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Published: Simon & Schuster/Paula Wiseman Books - September 4th, 2018

“Verde’s unique style and simple yet increasingly important messages of peace, mindfulness, and community make her stories a must-share...A must-purchase.” —School Library Journal (starred review)

“Walls do not just create barriers and divide spaces.


Inkling Cover Image
By Kenneth Oppel, Sydney Smith (Illustrator)
$7.99
ISBN: 9781524772840
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Published: Yearling - March 10th, 2020

"Astonishing"—The New York Times Book Review

A brilliantly funny, highly illustrated story about how a little ink splot changes a family forever. Perfect for those who love Hoot, Holes, or Frindle!


Pencil: A Story with a Point Cover Image
By Ann Ingalls, Dean Griffiths (Illustrator)
$12.95
ISBN: 9781772781533
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Published: Pajama Press - June 30th, 2020

Back in a sharp new edition, this oh-so-punny friendship story is making its mark.


Pencil: A Story with a Point Cover Image
By Ann Ingalls, Dean Griffiths (Illustrator)
$18.95
ISBN: 9781772781540
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Published: Pajama Press - August 25th, 2020

Back in a sharp new edition, this oh-so-punny friendship story is making its mark.


Sun Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781328781628
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Published: Clarion Books - June 11th, 2019

Sun, a sporty boy, reconnects with his artistic side in this gorgeous, joyful celebration of creativity that offers an expanded and appealing model for boyhood.

Sun loves everything about playing soccer: the cheers, the competition, the winning. But he feels as though something is missing.


The Ugly Doodles Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316456265
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Published: jimmy patterson - July 7th, 2020

This hilarious and adorable picture book about creativity, fear of failure, and embracing your imperfections is perfect for kids and budding artists of all ages.


When Pencil Met the Markers (When Pencil Met Eraser) Cover Image
$18.99
ISBN: 9781250309402
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Published: Imprint - July 21st, 2020

A purple marker shows his friends that being creative means sometimes coloring outside the lines in When Pencil Met the Markers, the imaginative, inspiring, and colorful follow-up to When Pencil Met Eraser from writers Karen Kilpatrick and Luis O. Ramos, Jr., and illustrator German Blanco.


Where the Best Stories Hide Cover Image
By Roman Yasiejko, Ben Whitehouse (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9781506454016
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Published: Beaming Books - February 25th, 2020

That little boy sure had something to say with scribbles and squiggles and crayons that day He knew every squiggle would soon tell a tale--this scrawl was a bird, and that loop was a whale . .


Yasmin the Painter Cover Image
By Saadia Faruqi, Hatem Aly (Illustrator)
$5.95
ISBN: 9781515827313
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Published: Picture Window Books - August 1st, 2018

Yasmin's painting for the art contest is due Friday, but she has lots of excuses for putting it off. She doesn't know what to paint, she doesn't think she's any good, and painting is messy. Turns out a mess is just what Yasmin needs for inspiration.


Anya's Secret Society Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9781580898300
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Published: Charlesbridge - March 12th, 2019

Left-handed Anya draws with great passion . . . but only when she's alone.

In Russia, right-handedness is demanded--it is the right way. This cultural expectation stifles young Anya's creativity and artistic spirit as she draws the world around her in secret.