Spring 2020

Beautiful Shades of Brown

The Art of Laura Wheeler Waring

  • Interest Level: Grade 1 - Grade 4   ·  
  • Reading Level: Grade 3

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.

Format List Price Your Price Qty
On pre-order until 02/04/2020
$18.99 $14.24
Interest Level Grade 1 - Grade 4
Reading Level Grade 3
Genre Nonfiction, Picture Books
Subject Diversity
Copyright 2019
Publisher Creston Books
Imprint Creston Books
Language English
Number of Pages 32
Publication Date 2020-02-04
Text Type Narrative Nonfiction
BISACS JNF007050, JNF007020, JNF007010
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 8 x 10
Lexile 940
Features Original artwork and Reviewed


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

Illustrator: Felicia Marshall

Felicia Marshall has illustrated numerous children's books. She received her bachelor's degree from Pratt Institute. A native Texan, she lives in Houston with her husband, three children, and their cat.

Author: Nancy Churnin

Nancy Churnin is the author of Martin & Anne and Sydney Taylor Notable Irving Berlin, the Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing. She is a full-time writer located in Texas.