Beautiful Shades of Brown
The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring
Growing up in the late 19th century, Laura Wheeler Waring didn’t see any artists who looked like her. She didn’t see any paintings of people who looked like her, either. As a young woman studying art in Paris, she found inspiration in the works of Matisse and Gaugin to paint the people she knew best. Back in Philadelphia, the Harmon Foundation commissioned her to paint portraits of accomplished African-Americans. Her portraits still hang in Washington DC’s National Portrait Gallery, where children of all races can admire the beautiful shades of brown she captured.
|Interest Level||Grade 1 - Grade 4|
|Reading Level||Grade 3|
|Genre||Nonfiction, Picture Books, Social Studies|
|Category||5 Kinds of Nonfiction, 5KN: Narrative Nonfiction, Diverse Books: Race & Ethnicity, Diversity|
|Number of Pages||36|
- Children's Book Committee at Bank Street College Best Children's Book of the Year
- Age 3-8: Best Picture Book Duo
- 2021 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List Nominee
- 2020 Eureka! Honor Award Recipient
- Notable Social Studies Trade Books for Young People
School Library Journal
“A meticulously crafted account of a trailblazing artist. Recommended for general purchase, particularly for libraries looking to include more biographies of black women artists.”—School Library Journal
Author: Nancy Churnin
Nancy Churnin is the author of Martin & Anne, Sydney Taylor Notable Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing, and the Sydney Taylor Honor Book Dear Ms. Dickens. She is a full-time writer located in Texas.
Illustrator: Felicia Marshall
Felicia Marshall draws on her childhood experiences in rural Texas for her illustrations. Her most recent book, Beautiful Shades of Brown, was an NCSS-CBC Notable Social Studies Trade Book, a Eureka Honor Book, and won the Northern Lights Book Award.
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Beautiful Shades of Brown
Growing up in the late 19th century, Laura Wheeler Waring didn’t see any artists who looked like her. She didn’t see any paintings of people who looked like her, either. As a young woman studying art in Paris, she found inspiration in the works of Matisse and Gaugin to paint… View available downloads →