This month, after you’ve completed the Find Frida Scavenger Hunt , come to the library to complete a drawing entry and pick up a small prize. While you’re here, we encourage you to learn more about Frida Kahlo. Frida’s life was full of challenges, but she was able to channel those experiences into art that was unlike anything else the world had ever seen. In her lifetime she completed between 150 and 200 paintings, which regularly featured symbols of Mexican culture and her many pets. She is considered one of the most important painters of the 20th century, and our library collection has lots of great Frida Kahlo resources, from biographies to picture books and DVDs about this legendary artist.
Here are a few of our favorite titles.
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos by Monica Brown, illustrated by John Parra
This charming picture book biography chronicles how Frida’s beloved pets provided emotional support and influenced her work.
Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales
This award-winning picture book is a visual wonder, pairing photographs of detailed miniature models with simple yet lyrical text from Frida’s point of view.
Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Their Lives and Ideas: 24 Activities by Carol Sabbeth
The lives of these iconic artists are explored through imaginative hands-on activities such as self-portrait painting, making ofrendas, and creating murals with a social message.
Frida: My First Frida Kahlo by María Isabel and illustrated by Vegara Sánchez
Perfect for little ones, this board book introduces the artist in simple sentences and colorful images.
From Monday, June 21 through Friday, June 27, the library is also celebrating the end of the Find Frida Scavenger Hunt with several Frida-themed activities. In the Youth Department, children can contribute to a collaborative art mural styled after a Frida self-portrait. We’ll also have a limited supply of free take-home craft kits that include a watercolor set and mini canvas to inspire your child’s inner artist. These kits are available on a first come, first served basis. Visitors to the library can also take a selfie in front of the Frida mural on the 2nd floor and enjoy special menu items at The Café. We hope Frida’s story of resilience, passion, and creativity inspires you all month long!