Grant Wood: The Artist in the Hayloft by Deba Foxley Leach. Illustrated; 29 pages; hardcover. Prestel Publishing, 2005. Ages 8 and up.
This enticing tour through Grant Wood's Cedar Rapids hayloft studio welcomes young readers into the world of an iconic, rural American artist whose rich, stylised paintings have an immediate appeal to children. Using reproductions and details from Wood's masterpieces as well as lesser-known works, Deba Foxley Leach explores the inspiration that Wood drew from his childhood, family history and love of small-town life. Leach draws readers into the works by pointing out fascinating details that will appeal to children's innate curiosity, while the book's brilliant colour and accessible design will make it appealing for a wide range of ages.