I Am an Artist

  • Interest Level: Kindergarten - Grade 3
  • Reading Level: Grade 2

Are you an artist? Do you see the world around you in a special way? I Am an Artist shows you how simply observing the delights of nature can inspire you to create. Can you name the colors inside a seashell? You’re an artist!

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Interest Level Kindergarten - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 2
Genre Picture Books, Social Studies
Copyright 1994
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint First Avenue Editions ™, Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 1994-08-01
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF006000, JNF053160
Dewey 701.15
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 650
Features Awards and Reviewed

Author: Pat Lowery Collins

Pat Lowery Collins is a poet, painter, and the author of many books for children and young adults including the Reading Rainbow selection, I Am An Artist, and the recent sequel, I Am a Dancer. Her newest historical novels are Hidden Voices, The Orphan Musicians of Venice and Daughter of Winter, both published by Candlewick Press. The latter is a Must Read Finalist for the Mass Book Award. Her young adult novel in free verse, The Fattening Hut, won the Boston Author's Club 2004 Julia Ward Howe Award and was a Book Sense Pick and ALA Amelia Bloomer choice. A picture book, The Deer Watch, is also forthcoming from Candlewick. She teaches in Lesley University's MFA program in creative writing and lives and works in Gloucester, Massachusetts. Her Website is www.patlowerycollins.com and she can be reached to schedule a Skype visit at patlc@comcast.net.

Illustrator: Robin Brickman

Robin Brickman is a picture book artist and sought after workshop leader. In addition to I Am An Artist her unique 3-Dimensional paintings and books have won many awards, including a New York Sate Museum Purchase Prize, Outstanding Science Trade Book, National Science Teachers Association, Children's Book Council, John Burroughs List of Nature Books, and the Reading Rainbow designation.


  • Reading Rainbow® Book, Winner, 1994
  • Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year, Winner, 1994


Kirkus Reviews

“A gentle, attractive nudge to the creative process. . .”
Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“This lyrical, almost poetic, text puts forth the idea that art is a process – a way of living and seeing – as well as a manifestation in the form of a finished product. The emphasis is on that process rather than on an end result. This is a valuable concept to share with children as they are natural artists in that they see the world with fresh eyes and can be encouraged to continue doing so.”
School Library Journal