An Eye for Color


In 2009 I illustrated my first picture book for Henry Holt Books and Co., named An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers, now in its 3rd printing. (And at this time I am actively working to do more picture books!)

• A Junior Library Guild selection

• ALA notable

• California Reading Association Eureka! Honor Book Award

• 2009 Smithsonian Notable Book

• 2011 Red Clover Award Nominee (Vermont Picture Books)

• 2012 Grand Canyon Reader Award Nominee

Praise for An Eye for Color

“* Spare, engaging text paired with striking gouache illustrations make this book a perfect choice for aspiring young artists.” —School Library Journal, starred review

“An accessible and lively introduction to this artist and to color theory.” —Publishers Weekly

“An expanded biographical spread and comprehensive glossary with a color wheel greatly enhance this unusual effort, which closes with hands-on projects that explore color theory.” —Booklist

“[A] sophisticated and engaging account of an artist and color theorist.… Strikingly illustrated by the award-winning graphic artist Breckenreid (in an admirable picture-book debut) and supported by terrific, inclusive backmatter, this will prove a must-have for museum shops as well as school and public libraries hungry for handsome and unique art books.” —Kirkus Reviews

“Breckenreid's paintings illuminate the story . . . always employing her subject's preferred flat colors and geometric shapes.” —The Horn Book, Starred Review