Passing Down Artistic and Musical Heritage

Young People's Pavilion

618r9zjOJWL._SL500_AA300_While children’s books are an art in and of themselves, when art and music are the topic, creative sharing experiences abound. Such texts give children a point of reference for understanding the role of the fine and performing arts in their own lives. Books in this category help develop children’s imagination, pique their curiosity, and enhance student confidence in their ability to connect with various genres, making them say: “I can be an artist or musician too.”

Here are a few of my favorite books for young readers that accomplish the above goals:

Magic Trash, Jane Shapiro (Author), Vanessa Newton (Illustrator):

Internationally acclaimed artist Tyree Guyton grew up on Heidelberg Street in Detroit, Michigan. When he was a boy he collected bits and pieces—trash—to create his own fun. Eventually Tyree left Heidelberg Street to find his way in the world, but his mind often traveled back home. When he did…

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