Featured books by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan

Greenberg and Jordan have teamed up for more than 10 books, though each has crafted books independently, too. Their collaboration brings art and artists into crisp focus for young readers. Their work is sure to foster a deeper appreciation of visual art as well as how art relates to other forms.

Action Jackson

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

The artist Jackson Pollack’s style and energy in his piece Number 1 1950 earned him the nickname Action Jackson. Fascinating details emerge as the art, environment, and inspiration of Jackson Pollack are presented in a carefully crafted, well-told, and vivaciously illustrated picture book biography.  

Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Andy Warhol became well-known as an artist whose impact on pop culture continues to be felt. Many facets of his life and work are introduced in this comprehensive, well researched, and accessible biography.

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

The combined talent of three geniuses — Martha Graham's choreography, Isamu Noguchi's art, and Aaron Copland's music — brought the ballet "Appalachian Spring" to life in October 1944. Graceful illustrations combine with poetic, highly detailed narrative for a riveting account of this achievement. Notes and sources are included.

Christo & Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Orange fabric created The Gates which unfurled in New York’s Central Park to temporarily brighten a dreary winter. It — and other huge, stunning outdoor art projects are the work of a husband-wife team, chronicled here in striking photographs and engaging language.

Chuck Close, Up Close

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Chuck Close overcame learning disabilities as a child and physical challenges as an adult. Readers meet artist Chuck Close, his work, dedication and perseverance in this informative and inspiring man through a portrait which infuses insight from interviews.

Frank O. Gehry, Outside In

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

How vision and sketches are translated into remarkable, original, and mind-stretching buildings is presented in a riveting text, liberally illustrated with photographs of the buildings for which Frank Gehry has become famous.

Heart to Heart: New Poems Inspired by Twentieth-Century American Art

By: Jan Greenberg
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

Poets respond in writing to a piece of art to create a unique fusion of image and literature. Rich imagery is presented visually and textually, prime to share aloud.

Side by Side: New Poems Inspired by Art from Around the World

By: Jan Greenberg
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Poetry

In a worthy companion volume to Heart to Heart, poetry and the varied pieces of art from around the globe that inspired it are presented.

Action Jackson

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

The artist Jackson Pollack’s style and energy in his piece Number 1 1950 earned him the nickname Action Jackson. Fascinating details emerge as the art, environment, and inspiration of Jackson Pollack are presented in a carefully crafted, well-told, and vivaciously illustrated picture book biography.  

Andy Warhol: Prince of Pop

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Andy Warhol became well-known as an artist whose impact on pop culture continues to be felt. Many facets of his life and work are introduced in this comprehensive, well researched, and accessible biography.

Ballet for Martha: Making Appalachian Spring

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Illustrated by: Brian Floca
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

The combined talent of three geniuses — Martha Graham's choreography, Isamu Noguchi's art, and Aaron Copland's music — brought the ballet "Appalachian Spring" to life in October 1944. Graceful illustrations combine with poetic, highly detailed narrative for a riveting account of this achievement. Notes and sources are included.

Christo & Jeanne-Claude: Through the Gates and Beyond

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

Orange fabric created The Gates which unfurled in New York’s Central Park to temporarily brighten a dreary winter. It — and other huge, stunning outdoor art projects are the work of a husband-wife team, chronicled here in striking photographs and engaging language.

Chuck Close, Up Close

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

Chuck Close overcame learning disabilities as a child and physical challenges as an adult. Readers meet artist Chuck Close, his work, dedication and perseverance in this informative and inspiring man through a portrait which infuses insight from interviews.

Frank O. Gehry, Outside In

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

How vision and sketches are translated into remarkable, original, and mind-stretching buildings is presented in a riveting text, liberally illustrated with photographs of the buildings for which Frank Gehry has become famous.

Mr. and Mrs. Portly and their Dog, Snack

By: Sandra Jordan
Illustrated by: Christine Davenier
Age Level: 6-9
Reading Level: Independent Reader

A small dog named Snack inspires Mrs. Portly to create handsome paintings and becomes her constant companion. Mr. Portly doesn't like dogs and banishes Snack to the doghouse. Ultimately, Snack becomes a valued member of the family in this gently humorous tale.

The Mad Potter: George E. Ohr, Eccentric Genius

By: Sandra Jordan
Age Level: 9-12
Reading Level: Independent Reader
Genre: Nonfiction, Biography

George Ohr was a talented potter whose patience paid off — quite literally — for his heirs. Now better known than when he lived, George Ohr's work is now highly valued and prized for its unique glazes and shapes.

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