A Splash of Red
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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
written by Jen Bryant
illustrated by Melissa Sweet
Knopf Books for Young Readers/ Random House, January 2013
ISBN 978-0-375-86712-5, hardcover, $17.99
Picture book, ages 5 and up

Horace Pippin loved to draw pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches—until he was wounded. Would he ever draw again? Bryant & Sweet share the story of a self-taught artist who overcame poverty, racism, disability and war to become an American master.

Who was Horace Pippin? Watch this short video to find out.

  Gold Award
  sibert honor medal

A SPLASH OF RED won the 2014 Schneider Family Book Award for children ages 0 to 10. This award is for books that embody an artistic expression of the disability experience.

A SPLASH OF RED was also named an honor book for the 2014 Robert F. Sibert Informational Book Award.

The NCTE awarded A SPLASH OF RED the 2014 Orbis Pictus Award, given each year for "excellence in the writing of nonfiction for children."

A SPLASH OF RED has received the Gold Award in the Non-Fiction category of the 2013 Spring Parents’ Choice Awards!

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Scholastic Instructor includes A Spash of Red on a new list of of recommended biographies.

Feel free to download this discussion guide for use with your students.

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Awards and Honors
ALSC Building STEAM with Dia Book list
ALSC Notable Children’s Book, 2014 January Pick, 2013
Booklist Books for Youth Editors’ Choice, 2013
Booklist Top 10 Arts Books
BookPage Best Children’s Books, 2013
Capitol Choices Notable Title, 2014
CCBC Choices Master List, 2014
Connecticut Nutmeg Book Award nominee
Georgia Children’s Book Award nominee
Gold Award, Parents'Choice
IBBY Outstanding Books for Children w/Disabilities, 2015
Illinois Monarch Award Master List, 2016

Junior Library Guild Selection
Keystone to Reading Book Award nominee, 2014-2015
Kirkus Reviews Best Books, 2013
Maine Chickadee Book Award nominee
NCTE Orbis Pictus Award
NY Public Library “100 Titles for Reading and Sharing”
PA Young Reader’s Choice Master List 2014-15
Robert F. Sibert honor book
Schneider Family Book Award, ages 0-10
Society of Illustrators: “The Original Art”
Starred review in Booklist
Starred review in Kirkus Reviews
Starred review in Publishers Weekly
Starred review in School Library Journal

Wm A. White Children’s Book Award Gr. 3-5 Master List, 2014-2015

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  Read more about Horace Pippin in Pennsylvania.
  Audio narration of “Saying Prayers,” by H. Pippin. Brandywine River Museum.
  “Meet Horace Pippin,” National Gallery of Art, Wash., DC.
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