Another fabulous pick for both #blackhistorymonth and the #littlelitbookseries this month on creativity is A SPLASH OF RED: THE LIFE AND ART OF HORACE PIPPIN by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet (who has rapidly become one of my all time favorite illustrators for her signature collage style). I loved learning about Pippin's passion for art which started so early in his life and continued throughout despite the difficult socio-economic circumstances he faced. And after he injures his right arm in WWI, it's amazing the art he was able to produce by having his left arm hold up his right one! Just like the best writers write what they know, Pippin is a great example of an artist who painted what he knew, be it his grandmother's cabin down South, a group of men harmonizing on the street, the maple sugar season in Pennsylvania, etc. This is a fabulous one to introduce to kids as a first biography and would be perfect for an art unit. Published by Knopf Books for Young Readers in 2013.