By Real Simple
Updated August 15, 2014
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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, by Jen Bryant
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Growing up, artist Horace Pippin taught himself to draw pictures with charcoal. In a story about overcoming obstacles, Bryant guides readers from Pippin’s childhood to his days of national acclaim. “The illustrations work so well with the text,” Cappelli says. “The images imitate his style of art.” A Splash of Red won the 2014 Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children. For ages 5 to 8.

To buy: $18, amazon.com.