Book review #289: The Scraps Book: notes from a colorful life #bookaday

The Scraps Boook coverby Lois Ehlert
Autobiographical picture book
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 3.3
5 out of 5 stars


This amazing book is both an autobiography of Lois Ehlert, as well as a documentary about her vast portfolio of children’s books and the process she undergoes in their creation. She includes images from her books, sketches of the works-in-progress, collages of found and collected materials that were inspiration, and photographs from her life. I loved being let inside her studio and her mind.

This book would be a great start to an examination of the many works of this celebrated artist. Collages are an art form that can be done by everyone, so I love that children can see everyday objects used in the context of her published works. At the end of the book, she claims, “Art chose me,” and she invites anyone who feels the same to “find a spot to work, and begin.”

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