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Beautiful Oops!
Barney Saltzberg - Sep 23, 2010
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A spill. A smear. A smudge. A tear. When you think you have made a mistake, think of it as an opportunity to make something beautiful! A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—no...
The Day the Crayons Quit
Drew Daywalt - Jun 27, 2013
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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: We quit!Beige is tired of playing second fiddle to Brown. Blue needs a break from coloring all that water, while Pink just wants to be used. Green has no complaints, but Orange and Yellow are no longer speaking to each other. Wha...
Press Here
Herve Tullet - Mar 30, 2011 (first published in 2010)
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Great for toddlers, preschoolers, and early readers to learn about cause and effect in a simple and engaging way.Harness the power of imagination and interactivity: Press the yellow dot on the cover of this book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising book instructs the reader to press the do...
van Gogh and the Sunflowers
Laurence Anholt - Oct 01, 2007 (first published in 1994)
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Young Camille befriends a strange visitor to his small town, and one day he brings this man a gift of bright, beautiful sunflowers. The man is the artist Vincent van Gogh, and the sunflowers quickly become the subject of a magnificent painting. In B.E.S. Anholt's Artists Books for Children series, author and illustrator Laurence Anholt recalls memo...
The Legend of Zelda
Hyrule Historia
Patrick Thorpe - Jan 29, 2013 (first published in 2011)
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Dark Horse Books and Nintendo team up to bring you The Legend of Zelda: Hyrule Historia, containing an unparalleled collection of historical information on The Legend of Zelda franchise. This handsome hardcover contains never-before-seen concept art, the full history of Hyrule, the official chronology of the games, and much more! Starting with an i...
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More!
Karen Beaumont - Apr 01, 2005
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A dab of blue here, a splash of red there, a goopy smear of green . . . everywhere. To the tune of "It Ain't Gonna Rain No More," one creative kid floods his world with color, painting first the walls, then the ceiling, then HIMSELF! Before this feisty artist is through, he'll have painted his head, back, hands, legs, feet, and . . . Oh no--here co...
Harold and the Purple Crayon
Crockett Johnson - Sep 29, 2015 (first published in 1955)
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"One night, after thinking it over for some time, Harold decided to go for a walk in the moonlight." So begins this gentle story that shows just how far your imagination can take you. Armed only with an oversized purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of beauty and excitement. But this is no hare-brained, impulsive flight of fan...
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National Geographic The Photo Ark
One Man's Quest to Document the World's Animals
Joel Sartore - Mar 07, 2017
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This lush book of photography represents National Geographic's Photo Ark, a major cross-platform initiative and lifelong project by photographer Joel Sartore to make portraits of the world's animals--especially those that are endangered. His powerful message, conveyed with humor, compassion, and art: to know these animals is to save them.Sartore in...
Mouse Paint
Ellen Stoll Walsh - Mar 27, 1995 (first published in 1989)
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One day three white mice discover three jars of paint--red, blue, and yellow. Both parents and children alike will appreciate this lighthearted presentation of a lesson in color. “Walsh’s cut-paper collage illustrations have bold colors and just the right simplicity for the storyline. A real charmer that’s great fun as well as informative.”--School...
Mix It Up
Herve Tullet - Sep 16, 2014
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Accept Hervé Tullet's irresistible invitation to mix it up in a dazzling adventure of whimsy and wonder. Follow the artist's simple instructions, and suddenly colors appear, mix, splatter, and vanish in a world powered only by the reader's imagination. Tullet—who joins such greats as Eric Carle and Leo Lionni as a master of his craft—sets readers o...
The Art of the Mass Effect Universe
Various - Feb 21, 2012
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Featuring concept art and commentary by BioWare on the games' characters, locations, vehicles, weapons, and more, "The Art of the Mass Effect Universe" is the most complete companion available to gaming's most compelling series....
Spider-Man by Ramin Zahed
Okami Official Complete Works by Capcom
Seeing Is Forgetting the Name of the Thing One Sees by Lawrence Weschler
The Art of BioShock Infinite by Irrational Games
The Art of Blizzard Entertainment by Nick Carpenter
The Artful Parent by Jean Van'T Hul
The Art of Destiny by . Bungie
Human Anatomy for Artists by Eliot Goldfinger
Only What's Necessary by Chip Kidd
Valkyria Chronicles by Sega
Vincent's Starry Night and Other Stories by Michael Bird
Halo by Titan Books
Picasso and the Girl with a Ponytail by Laurence Anholt
Soul of a Nation by Mark Godfrey
Draw Paint Print like the Great Artists by Marion Deuchars
Little Blue and Little Yellow by Leo Lionni
Every Person in New York by Jason Polan
Henri's Scissors by Jeanette Winter
Beloved Dog by Maira Kalman
Broad Strokes by Bridget Quinn
When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden
Art by Patrick McDonnell
My Name Is Georgia by Jeanette Winter
New and Selected Poems, Volume One by Mary Oliver
Sister Outsider by Audre Lorde
The Girl with the Louding Voice by Abi Daré
This Bridge Called My Back by Cherríe Moraga
Obama by Pete Souza
Redefining Realness by Janet Mock
The Death and Life of Great American Cities by Jane Jacobs
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
The Art of How to Train Your Dragon by Tracey Miller-Zarneke
The Montessori Toddler by Simone Davies
Elmer by David McKee
Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Buehner
The Lost Words by Robert MacFarlane
Awesome Science Experiments for Kids by Crystal Chatterton
The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
Keep Going by Austin Kleon
How to Draw by Scott Robertson
In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens by Alice Walker
Feminism is for Everybody by Bell Hooks
Drawn Together by Minh Lê
Creative Illustration by Andrew Loomis
The Legend of Zelda by Nintendo
The Colors of Us by Karen Katz
Nature Anatomy by Julia Rothman
The Sky by Yoshitaka Amano
The Art of The Last of Us by Various
The World of the Witcher by CD Projekt Red
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
The Legend of Zelda Encyclopedia Deluxe Edition by Nintendo
The Brutality of Fact by
Homebody by Joanna Gaines
The Art of Pixar by Amid Amidi
The Art of Fallout 4 by Bethesda Softworks
The Art of Dragon Age by Bioware
Cool Tools by Kevin Kelly
Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy
The Art of Mulan by Jeff Kurtti
Prehistoric Life by Publishing
Successful Drawing by Andrew Loomis
The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia StClair
Only One You by Linda Kranz
Beastie Boys Book by Michael Diamond
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
Humans of New York by Brandon Stanton
The Visual Display of Quantitative Information by Edward R. Tufte
A Pattern Language by Christopher Alexander
They Can't Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut
Me by Elton John
Ish by Peter H. Reynolds
Walk Through Walls by Marina Abramovic
The Disaster Artist by Greg Sestero
Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug
The Beatles Anthology by Beatles
It's What I Do by Lynsey Addario
The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams
Making Comics by Scott Mccloud
The Art of Spirited Away by Hayao Miyazaki
Story by Robert McKee
Understanding Exposure by Bryan Peterson
Lead by Kylie Scott
Grip by Kennedy Ryan
Clothes, Clothes, Clothes. Music, Music, Music. Boys, Boys, Boys. by Viv Albertine
Stunning Digital Photography by Tony Northrup
How to Draw 101 Animals by Dan Green
Tune In by Mark Lewisohn