Artful Reading

From the Series Bob Raczka's Art Adventures

  • Interest Level: Preschool - Grade 3   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 1

Bob Raczka has introduced countless children to the pleasures of looking at art. In this book, he adds a new element to the experience–the joy of reading. You’ll see all kinds of readers here, in works of art ranging in time from Antonello Da Messina’s St. Jerome in His Study (1475) to Jacob Lawrence’s The Library (1960), and ranging in style from Rossetti’s The Day Dream to Picasso’s Two Girls Reading. But no matter the era or the style, each and every painting tells a story about a reader. Art lovers and book lovers alike will enjoy this look at the fine art of reading.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
$9.95 $9.95
Interest Level Preschool - Grade 3
Reading Level Grade 1
Genre Nonfiction
Copyright 2008
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Millbrook Press ™
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2009-01-01
Reading Counts! Level 5.4
BISACS JNF006000, JNF006050, JNF005000
Dewey 700'.557
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7.75 x 10
Lexile 250
Features Reviewed


Kirkus Reviews

“A delightfully delivered message appears on every page of this bright, appealing art book: Read! An eclectic selection of paintings in which the subject is reading and a melodic text makes a winning combination.” —Kirkus Reviews

School Library Journal

“Through 23 works of art, Raczka shows the timeless appeal of reading. . . This eye-catching collection is a welcome addition.” —School Library Journal

The Horn Book Guide

“Collected fine art paintings show people reading in various places during different time periods. Twenty-three artists – such as Van Gogh, Vermeer, Matisse, and Picasso – representing diverse styles are included.” —The Horn Book Guide

Author: Bob Raczka

Bob Raczka and his wife Amy are the co-creators of three masterpieces: Robert, Carl and Emma. They live in Glen Ellyn, Illinois, with their dog Rufus, who is also a piece of work. As a boy, Bob loved to draw—especially dinosaurs, cars, and airplanes. He also enjoyed making paper airplanes and model rockets. He's a lifelong Cubs fan. Thanks to good grades (and some help from his high school art teachers) he went to college at the University of Illinois, where he majored in art. On a whim, Bob took an advertising copywriting class and loved it. When he graduated, he became an advertising writer. But when his first child, Robert, was born, he rediscovered children's books and thought, "I want to do this." So Bob began sending out manuscripts and collecting rejection letters. Five years later, he sold his first manuscript, a book about art called No One Saw. Little did he know, it would become the first book in his ongoing series, Bob Raczka's Art Adventures.