35 Books for National Arts in Education Week

Children’s books can be used to complement almost any classroom lesson whether the subject is language, math, science, social studies, or the arts. Educators can use them for reading aloud or allowing students to choose their own books for presentations or individual reading enjoyment. September is National Literacy Month, and within the month is National Arts in Education Week. The observance of Arts in Education Week always takes place the second week in September. This year the dates are September 10th-16th. The congressional resolution for Arts in Education Week states that:

Whereas arts education, comprising a rich array of disciplines including dance, music, theatre, media arts, literature, design, and visual arts, is a core academic subject and an essential element of a complete and balanced education for all students.

Parents and community leaders can also use the books featured to emphasize arts in literature. The selections include fiction and nonfiction picture, chapter, middle-grade, and young adult books. Happy Reading!

Early Sunday Morning – Denene Millner, Illustrator – Vanessa Brantley-Newton 

Take a Picture of Me, James Van Der Zee! – Andrea J. Loney, Illustrator – Keith Mallett 

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat – Javaka Steptoe 

Kenya’s Art – Linda Trice, Illustrator – Hazel Mitchell 

My Story, My Dance: Robert Battle’s Journey to Alvin Ailey – Lesa Cline-Ransome, Illustrator – James E. Ransome

Tate Kids Modern Art Activity Book – Sharna Jackson

My Pen – Christopher Myers 

One More Dino on the Floor – Kelly Starling Lyons, Illustrator – Luke Flowers 

Curtain Up!: A Book for Young PerformersDirk Mclean, Illustrator – France Brassard 

Willie Jerome – Alice Faye Duncan, Illustrator – Tyrone Geter 

AIDA – Leontyne Price, Ilustrators – Leo & Diane Dillon 

Before There Was Mozart:  The Story of Joseph Boulogne, Chevalier de Saint-George – Lesa Cline Ransome, Illustrator – James E. Ransome 

Ira’s Shakespeare Dream – Glenda Armand, Illustrator – Floyd Cooper

Caribbean Carnival: Songs of the West IndiesIrving Burgie, Illustrator – Frane Lessac 

Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star – Jerry Pinkney 

Music Time – Gwendolyn Hooks, Illustrator – Shirley Ng-Benitez 

Clubhouse Mysteries: Stars and Sparks on Stage – Sharon M. Draper 

Sassy: The Silver Secret – Sharon M. Draper 

Sugar Plum Ballerinas: Plum Fantastic – Whoopi Goldberg & Deborah Underwood, Illustrator – Maryn Roos 

The Boy from Nine Miles: The Early Life of Bob Marley – Cedella Marley & Gerald Hausman, Illustrator – Mariah Fox 

Rhythm Ride: A Road Trip Through the Motown Sound – Andrea Davis Pinkney

Sweethearts of Rhythm – Marilyn Nelson 

Wake Up Our Souls: A Celebration of Black American Artists – Tonya Bolden 

Unlocking the Truth: Three Brooklyn Teens on Life, Friendship and Making the Band – Unlocking the Truth, Charisse Jones and Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson 

Clayton Byrd Goes Underground – Rita Williams-Garcia, Illustrator – Frank Morrison 

Garvey’s Choice – Nikki Grimes

Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina – Michaela DePrince w/Elaine Deprince        

Booked – Kwame Alexander   

The Sweetest Sound – Sherri Winston http://amzn.to/2wTrrDl 

The Harlem Renaissance – Veronica Chambers 

Another Way to Dance – Martha Southgate 

Juba!: A Novel – Walter Dean Myers

The Song Shoots Out of My Mouth: A Celebration of Music – Jamie Adoff, Illustrator – Martin French 

Solo – Kwame Alexander, Mary Rand Hess 

Jacob Lawrence: The Migration Series – Elizabeth Alexander 

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