Category Archives: Collection Highlights

New Books: Illustrated Children’s Books

We’ve got some beautiful new children’s books in the SVA Library this summer. They’re featured on the small round table in front of the new books shelves:


Let’s take a closer look at a few titles…

YardSaleYard Sale by Eve Bunting, illustrated by Lauren Castillo / PZ7.B91527 Yar 2015

Callie’s family is moving to a small apartment in the city, and so many of their possessions are spread on the front lawn for a yard sale.  Eve Bunting and SVA alum Lauren Castillo portray an event at once familiar and difficult, making clear that a home isn’t about what you have, but whom you hold close.

YardSale interior

WhereDoesKittyGoWhere Does Kitty Go in the Rain? by Harriet Ziefert, illustrated by Brigette Barrager / PZ7.Z487 Whe 2015

This kitty-centric mystery includes rain-centered facts to create a charming fiction/nonfiction picture book. As readers search for Kitty, they’ll also discover what different animals do to enjoy, or avoid, a rainy day. Harriet Ziefert’s rhyming couplets pair with Brigette Barrager’s lush art to make a combination that is sure to please young readers and adults alike.

WhereDoesKittyGo interior



Iridescence of Birds

The Iridescence of Birds by Patricia MacLachlan, illustrated by Hadley Hooper / PZ7.M11972 Iri 2012

If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures? Find out in this beautiful picture book about one of the world’s most famous and influential artists.

Iridescence of Birds interior



BeastlyVerseBeastly Verse illustrated by JooHee Yoon / PZ8.3 .Y66 Bea 2015

A playful romp through verse, rhyme, and gorgeous images, this book carries children into the poetic realm. This volume includes poems from Lewis Carroll, William Blake, Robert Desnos, Hilaire Belloc, William Cowper, Christina Rossetti, and D.H. Lawrence.

BeastlyVerse interior

New Books: New York state of mind

New York is many things to many people – from playground to living historical artifact, from foodie paradise to fashion mecca, the city that never sleeps has an awful lot to offer. The new books featured here glance on those topics and provide a snapshot of our bustling metropolis.

indexConey Island: Visions of an American Dreamland, by Robin Jaffee Frank / F129.C75 F73 2015

This is the exhibit book  for the recent, eponymous exhibition at the Wadsworth Atheneum Musem of Art in Hartford, Connecticut. This groundbreaking book is the first to look at the site’s enduring status as inspiration for artists throughout the ages, from its inception as an elite seaside resort in the mid-19th century, to its evolution into an entertainment mecca for the masses, with the eventual closing of its iconic amusement park, Astroland, in 2008 after decades of urban decline. The exhibit featured paintings, drawings, photographs, prints, posters, banners, architectural artifacts, carousel animals, film clips, and ephemera from and of Coney Island.

index (1)Harlem Hellfighters, written by J. Patrick Lewis & illustrated by Gary Kelley / PZ7 .L567 Ha 2014

They went by many names, but the world came to know them best as the Harlem Hellfighters. Two thousand strong, these black Americans from New York picked up brass instruments–under the leadership of famed bandleader and lieutenant James Reese Europe–to take the musical sound of Harlem into the heart of war. This remarkable narrative nonfiction rendering of WWI — and American — history uses free-verse poetry and captivating art to tell the century-old story of hellish combat, racist times, rare courage, and inspired music.

index (2)Dirt Candy: A Cookbook, by Amanda Cohen & Ryan Dunlavey, with Grady Hendrix / PN6727.D865 D57 2012

Amanda Cohen does not play by the rules. Her vegetable recipes are sophisticated and daring, beloved by omnivore, vegetarian, and vegan diners alike. Dirt Candy: A Cookbook shares the secrets to making her flavorful dishes–from indulgent Stone-Ground Grits with Pickled Shiitakes and Tempura Poached Egg, to hearty Smoked Cauliflower and Waffles with Horseradish Cream Sauce, to playfully addictive Popcorn Pudding with Caramel Popcorn. It also details Amanda’s crazy story of building a restaurant from the ground up to its currently being one of the hardest-to-get reservations in New York City–all illustrated as a brilliant graphic novel.

index (3)Men in this Town, by Giuseppe Santamaria / TR679 .S23 2014

Men In This Town is a street-style journal capturing men with a distinct look in their natural lifestyle. From five distinct cities around the world–New York, Tokyo, Milan, London, and Sydney–photographer, art director, and blogger Giuseppe Santamaria brings together a unique photographic collection showcasing the styles of the modern man. Giuseppe has chosen a handful of men from each city with a particular, distinct style and photographed them in their various attire, as well as profiled them about their particular approach to fashion and their sense of the menswear scene today.

New Pop-up Books – Game of Thrones, Star Wars, and more

We’ve just acquired some great new pop-up books at the library, and we’re excited to share them. Each of these books is currently featured in the New Books display and is available for check out. We have non-circulating copies in our rare books case as well, so these bad boys can be seen at any time.


got coverGame of Thrones: a pop-up guide to Westeros, by Matthew Reinhart / PZ7 .R2768 Ga 2014



starwars cover 2Star Wars: a pop-up guide to the galaxy, by Matthew Reinhart / PZ7.R2767 Sta 2007



starwars cover 1Star Wars: a galactic pop-up adventure, by Matthew Reinhart / PZ7.R2768 St 2012



peterpan coverPeter Pan : a pop-up adaptation of J.M. Barrie’s original tale, by Robert Sabuda / PZ7.S1178 Pe 2008



alice coverAlice’s Adventures in Wonderland, by Robert Sabuda / PZ7.S1178 Al 2003



fairies coverFairies and Magical Creatures, by Matthew Reinhart and Robert Sabuda / PZ7 .R2768 Fa 2008




A few library staff members had some fun setting the books up in front of our New Books display. Take a look at the videos on our Instagram feed @svalibrary


New Books: Recent Exhibits

This selection from our New Books shelf represents books that accompany museum exhibits mounted within the last year. These books are a great way to get a sense of an exhibit either in conjunction with a visit or after the exhibit has been taken down.


New Territories: Laboratories for Design, Craft and Art in Latin America / N6502.5 .N49 2014

This exhibit opened at the Museum of Arts and Design in New York on November 4, 2014 and runs until April 6, 2015





dorothyDorothy Iannone : This Sweetness Outside of Time : a Retrospective of Paintings, Objects, Books, and Films From 1959 to 2014 / N6537.I26 A4 2014

This exhibit ran at the Berlinische Galerie in Berlin, Germany from February 20 – June 2, 2014




keithharing Keith Haring: The Political Line / N6537.H348 A4 2014

This exhibit ran at the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco from November 8, 2014 – February 16, 2015




fiberFiber Sculpture: 1960-Present / NB1203 .F53 2014

This exhibit ran at the Institute of Contemporary Art – Boston from Oct. 1, 2014 – January 4, 2015

New School-wide Subscription to New York Times Online



The SVA Library is pleased to announce a new school-wide subscription to the New York Times Online. Students, faculty, and staff now have full complimentary access to and NYTimes mobile apps.*

We encourage you to take advantage of the world-class journalism of The New York Times to enrich your educational experience. covers a variety of topics with unsurpassed quality and depth through breaking news articles, blogs, videos and interactive features. In addition, you will be able to share content on social networks, save articles of interest, subscribe to email newsletters and set up personalized alerts. Your access to is available from any location, on or off campus.

Activate your Pass for free access to by clicking here and following the simple instructions.

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Books to Improve Your Writing

Because art students have to write papers, too, here’s a sampling of books on writing at the SVA Library.  Need more help? Ask a Librarian!


How to Write Anything by Laura Brown / PE1408 .B8573 2014

A practical guide to everything you’ll ever need to write—at work, at school, and in your personal life, including college essays, cover letters, sympathy notes, wedding toasts, and much more.




a08-1The Elements of Style by William Strunk, Jr. and E.B. White / PE1408 .S772 2005

This much-loved classic will forever be the go-to guide when in need of a hint to make a turn of phrase clearer or a reminder on how to enliven prose with the active voice. The only style manual to ever appear on bestseller lists has explained to millions of readers the basic principals of plain English, and Maira Kalman’s fifty-seven exquisite illustrations give the revered work a jolt of new energy.


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Schaum’s Quick Guide to Writing Great Research Papers by Laurie Rozakis / LB1047.3 .R69 1999

The experts at Schaum’s are at your service-ready to help you with concise, complete, step-by-step instructions that will make writing research papers a breeze, not a burden. The clear, concise guidelines and in-depth instruction in this book will show you how to write high-quality research papers that will help you succeed academically and in the professional world.


indexYour Research Project: A Step-by-Step Guide for the First Time Researcher by Nicholas Walliman / LB2369 .W26 2005

In this new edition of Your Research Project, Nicholas S.R. Walliman has made this bestselling book even better with the addition of a number of new features whilst retaining all the benefits of the original. New features include: more elaboration on the differing needs of masters and PhD students; a new overview of the entire research chronology from start to finish; student checklists throughout; a new chapter on research ethics; new sections on critical reading skills and compiling literature reviews; examples from a wide range of disciplines and a student glossary.

SVA Alumnus Lauren Castillo Receives Caldecott Honor

Alumnus Lauren Castillo (MFA 2005 Illustration as Visual Essay) has received a 2015 Caldecott Honor for her illustrated children’s book, Nana in the City, which she both wrote and illustrated.


About Nana in the City: “In this magical picture book, a young boy spends an overnight visit with his nana and is frightened to find that the city where she lives is filled with noise and crowds and scary things. But then Nana makes him a special cape to help him be brave, and soon the everyday sights, sounds, and smells of the city are not scary—but wonderful. The succinct text is paired with watercolor illustrations that capture all the vitality, energy, and beauty of the city.”

Named after 19th-century English illustrator Randolph Caldecott, the Caldecott awards recognize the most distinguished American picture books for children.

In related news, last year’s Caldecott Medal went to SVA alumnus Brian Floca (MFA 2001 Illustration as Visual Essay) for his critically-acclaimed children’s book, Locomotive.

Nana in the City, Locomotive, and other Caldecott-winning and honored books are available in the SVA Library.

This post originally appeared in SVA Close Up; it is republished here with permission.