Book Hunting Expeditions Into the Wild: Artists and Rebels Reading Themes

[BHE 225] Launch of September – October Reading Theme: Into the Wild – The Untamed, The Mischievous, Artists and Rebels in Literature


Myra here.

It is an extra special book hunting expedition post, as we are launching our new reading theme this September – October: Into the Wild – The Untamed, The Mischievous, Artists and Rebels in Literature.


Essentially, we are looking for the following books:

  • Portrayal of artists, rebels, wild people in books
  • Picturebook biographies or memoirs of artists, dancers, musicians, poets, writers – the wild, the untamed brilliant individuals who changed the world
  • Wild animals, creatures, species
  • Revolutionaries, Free Thinkers who removed the walls and boundaries of expected ideations and went beyond to terrains unbeknownst to many
  • Tales of mischief and misdemeanours
  • Stories about creativity and play: creative insight, process and product

From My Bookshelf

My Life On The Road by Gloria Steinem, Women Who Run With The Wolves: Myths and Stories of the Wild Woman Archetype by Clarissa Pinkola Estes, M Train by Patti Smith, High-Rise by J. G. Ballard, On The Road by Jack Kerouac.

From the Library


Into the Wild by Jon Krakauer. Fats has written a lovely review of this book for her Book Riot Read Harder Challenge Update – and by the strength of her recommendation, I thought I might as well read this one.


Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed A Neighborhood by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell and Illustrated by Rafael Lopez (which by the way I featured yesterday for DiverseKidLit).


Hip Hop Dog by Chris Raschka and pictures by Vladimir Radunsky, Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum by Zack Rock.


Super Hair-O And The Barber Of Doom by John Rocco, The Jacket by Kisten Hall and Dasha Tolstikova.


Finding Wild by Megan Wagner Lloyd and Pictures by Abigail Halpin, Steamboat School by Deborah Hopkinson and illustrated by Ron Husband.


Beautiful Hands by Kathryn Otoshi and Bret Baumgarten, Are You Blue Dog’s Friend? by George Rodrigue.

Nonfiction / Picturebook Biographies


Jane Austen by Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford, Virginia Woolf by Zena Alkayat and Nina Cosford.


Rebel In A Dress: Cowgirls by Sylvia Branzei and Melissa Sweet, Rebel in a Dress: Adventurers also by Branzei and Sweet.


Blowin’ in the Wind by Bob Dylan and Jon J Muth, Forever Young by Bob Dylan and Paul Rogers.


Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louis Bourgeois by Amy Novesky and Isabelle Arsenault, Following My Paintbrush by Dulari Devi and Text by Gita Wolf.


Marvelous Cornelius: Hurricane Katrina and the Spirit of New Orleans by Phil Bildner and illustrated by John Parra.


Monet Paints A Day by Julie Danneberg and illustrated by Caitlin Heimerl, Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped The Trains by P. I. Maltbie and Jos. A. Smith.


Seurat and La Grande Jatte by Robert Burleigh, Lumpito and the Painter from Spain by Monica Kulling and Dean Griffiths.


The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel and illustrated by Amanda Hall, Little People Big Dreams: Frida Kahlo by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara and illustrated by Gee Fan Eng.


Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse by Marjorie Blain Parker and illustrated by Holly Berry, The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock and Mary Grandpré.


A Bird Or Two: A Story About Henri Matisse by Bijou Le Tord, Vincent Van Goh and the Colors of the Wind by Chiara Lossani and illustrated by Octavia Monaco, Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came To Be by Jane Sutcliffe and John Shelley.

Do you have books that you would like to recommend to us for our reading theme? We’d love to read your suggestions.

1 comment on “[BHE 225] Launch of September – October Reading Theme: Into the Wild – The Untamed, The Mischievous, Artists and Rebels in Literature

  1. That’s a great theme! I can’t wait to read the reviews of these books! 🙂


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