Our Favorite Books for Child Prodigies

Article by Jeremy

The Perfect Machine Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9780292723382
Availability: Backordered
Published: University of Texas Press - September 1st, 2010

An innovative and unique picture book that is as enjoyable for little aesthetes as it is for their art snob parents! Master collage artist and Texas local Letscher writes and illustrates this eye-popping book about a boy who sets out to build something marvelous.


Let's Make Some Great Art Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781856697866
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Laurence King - August 17th, 2011

An ingeniously-designed coloring and activity book that teaches young people to really look at art. Encourages creativity and the development of an artistic eye.


The Conductor Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9781452104911
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: Chronicle Books (CA) - September 28th, 2011

This simple, beautiful little book is without words; it doesn’t even need them! A conductor prompts the leaves on a grove of trees to sway, rustle, and roar. You can almost hear them!


Stuck Cover Image
By Oliver Jeffers, Oliver Jeffers (Illustrator)
$17.99
ISBN: 9780399257377
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Philomel Books - November 10th, 2011

A little boy gets his kite stuck in a tree and tries to dislodge it with his shoe, which also gets stuck. Then he tries to dislodge his shoe with his other shoe, and IT gets stuck. I think you can guess where this is going... Charming, absurd, and creative.


The Necklace Cover Image
By Guy de Maupassant, Gary Kelley (Illustrator)
$19.95
ISBN: 9781568461939
Availability: Backordered
Published: Creative Company - September 1st, 2004

This sumptuous and elegant picture book includes Maupassant’s original text along with magical, art deco-style paintings by Kelley. Suitable for older kids with great reading skills as well as teenagers and adults.


Bruno Munari's Zoo Cover Image
$19.99
ISBN: 9780811848305
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Chronicle Books - February 17th, 2005

Revisit a classic of children’s book design. Munari was a world-acclaimed graphic designer and artist whose picture books have been treasured by readers since their publication more than 50 years ago.


To Market, to Market Cover Image
$18.95
ISBN: 9780810997387
Availability: Hard to Find
Published: ABRAMS - April 1st, 2011

This stunning book’s illustrations are made entirely of carefully cut paper, an art form of which McClure is the undisputed master. The text teaches children to understand and appreciate the origins of their food.


The Fate of Achilles Cover Image
$19.95
ISBN: 9781606060858
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: J. Paul Getty Trust Publications - September 6th, 2011

Introduce children to this classic Greek legend in an edition that’s tailor-made for young readers but not dumbed down in the slightest. The illustrations are spacey and bold, sure to delight and enthrall any young mythology fan.


Symphony City Cover Image
$17.95
ISBN: 9781936365395
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: McSweeney's - July 19th, 2011

Teach city kids to appreciate the hustle and bustle around them with this charming book. In it, a little girl finds her way home by following the sounds the city makes around her.


To Do: A Book of Alphabets and Birthdays Cover Image
$30.00
ISBN: 9780300170979
Availability: Not On Our Shelves. Usually arrives in 1-5 Days
Published: Yale University Press - May 31st, 2011

Perfect for the most avant-garde kid you know. Gertrude Stein wrote this book, which she intended for children, in 1940. Her prose and the accompanying illustrations, which both stand on the edge of poetry and nonsense, will amuse curious young readers even as they perplex.


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