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Late at night, squids creep from the ocean to the reader's house, where they leave inky doodles on the bathtub, walls, books, and more, then escape in time to avoid the blame.

On a rainy day two brothers try to discover who is playing the harmonica they hear in their apartment building.

A series of events, some seemingly very insignificant, lead to a young girl attending a life-changing concert.

A portrait of the childhood of one of America's greatest jazz legends, John Coltrane, explores the many sounds of the South in the 1930s that influenced his art.

In soaring words and stunning illustrations, Margarita Engle and Rafael López tell the story of Teresa Carreño, a child prodigy who played piano for Abraham Lincoln.

One day, Duncan is happily coloring with his crayons when a stack of postcards arrives in the mail from his former crayons, each of which has run away or been left behind, and all of which want to come home.

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.

Follows a girl in the 1930s as she strives to become a drummer, despite being continually reminded that only boys play the drums, and that there has never been a female drummer in Cuba.

Inspired by such art masters as Edgar Degas, Henri Matisse, and Jackson Pollock, Nancy, who likes to use fancy words, dons her beret to create her own fabulous artwork.

Misty Copeland encourages a young ballet student, with brown skin like her own, by telling her that she, too, had to learn basic steps and how to be graceful when she was starting out, and that some day, with practice and dedication, the little girl will become a firebird, too. 

In this wordless book, a friendship develops between a girl named Flora and a graceful flamingo, as they learn to dance together.

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Ramon loses confidence in his ability to draw, but his sister gives him a new perspective on things.

Down in the 86th Street subway station, a plaque bears the name "Jamaica Louise James, age 8". Who is Jamaica and what did she do? Sit back and enjoy because in this peppery story, Jamaica tells you all about it.

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Follow along as the symphony orchestra's various instruments are introduced.

While Milo and his sister travel to a detention center to visit their incarcerated mother, he observes strangers on the subway and draws what he imagines their lives to be.

The band is assembled and the band director is ready to tell you all about the instruments, but an enthusiastic little drummer girl keeps interrupting.

Armed with pencils, paints, dreams, and Abuela Addy's memories of how beautiful the neighborhood once was, a boy and his neighbors paint the big wall that had been cold, empty, and cheerless.

An inspiring biography of animator Tyrus Wong, the Chinese American immigrant responsible for bringing Disney's Bambi to life.

The story of a little frog, Pokko, who takes a magical drum deep into the quiet forest, where her playing draws the attention of musical animal friends.

Presents the life of the artist, who was inspired as a child by a book of anatomy given to him by his mother after being injured in a car crash and who went on to become a celebrity in the art world before his early death at twenty-eight.

Aretha Franklin was born to sing. Her hit songs earned her the title "the Queen of Soul", multiple Grammy Awards, and a place in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. But Aretha didn't just raise her voice in song, she also spoke out against injustice and fought for civil rights.

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Grandpa demonstrates for his visiting grandchildren some of the songs, dances, and jokes he performed when he was a vaudeville entertainer.

Can you find math in your art? Discover math in art through symmetry, geometry, and patterns in this STEAM based title. Includes a photo glossary and resources.

A Grammy-nominated headliner for the New Orleans Jazz Fest describes his childhood in TremeĢ and how he came to be a bandleader by age six.

Bilingual text, accompanied by colorful photographs, explores the famous artist's life, and illuminates the laughter, love, and tragedy that influenced her work.

Looks at the life and accomplishments of a rock legend who created a unique sound that fused American blues, rock, and jazz traditions with the sound of Latin American and African music.