Artful Books for Youthful Readers

(Reading:  Informational Text)  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.2  Determine two or more central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.

(Reading: Literature)  CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.11-12.2  Determine two or more themes or central ideas of a text and analyze their development over the course of the text, including how they interact and build on one another to provide a complex analysis; provide an objective summary of the text.

CCSS: CCR Anchor Standards for Reading:  Range of Reading and Level of Text Complexity 10.  Read and comprehend complex literary and informational texts independently and proficiently.  (Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts & Literacy in History/Social Studies, Science, and Technical Subjects, p. 35; 2010).

Rationale: 

Reading literature or informational text about the arts helps students "...understand other perspectives and cultures through reading and listening...." 
Young readers interested in the arts see themselves reflected and meet literary characters or real people engaged in the arts through "...contemporary works of literature representative of a variety of periods, cultures, and worldviews, [where] students can vicariously inhabit worlds and have experiences much different from their own."

Quoted material from Common Core State Standards Initiative:  ELA

Methods / Materials: 

50 Books about the Arts

Compiled by Megan Schliesman and Merri V. Lindgren
© 2012 Cooperative Children's Book Center

(Titles for youth readers selected by Big Yellow Bus Plus from this list.  Assign reading or provide the list to students for selection of text.  See Student Task Library for post-reading tasks, as needed.)

Macaulay, David. Built to Last. Houghton Mifflin/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2010. 272 pages.

Gonyea, Mark. A Book about Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good. Henry Holt, 2005. 144 pages.

Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan . Runaway Girl: The Artist Louise Bourgeois . Abrams, 2003. 80 pages.

Greenberg, Jan and Sandra Jordan . Christo and Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond. A Neal Porter Book/Flash Point/Roaring Brook Press, 2008. 50 pages.

Greenberg, Jan. Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World. Abrams Books for Young Readers, 2008. 88 pages.

Say, Allen. Drawing from Memory. Scholastic Press, 2011. 64 pages.

Gladstone, Valerie. A Young Dancer: The Life of an Ailey Student. Photographed by Jose Ivey. Christy Ottaviano Books / Henry Holt, 2009. 48 pages.

Myers, Walter Dean. Jazz. Illustrated by Christopher Myers. Holiday House, 2006. 44 pages.

Castellucci, Cecil and Jim Rugg . The Plain Janes. Minx, 2007. 172 pages.

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(N.B.   Readability:  Middle School-High School)

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