Create interactive environments with Getty Books in the Classroom. The following Getty publications include a collection of free education activities related to subjects addressed within each book.

Cover image of Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Photographic: The Life of Graciela Iturbide

Discover the power of images through the photography of Graciela Iturbide. Born in Mexico, Iturbide blazed her own path in the photography scene of the 1970s to become one of the most accomplished photographers in the world.

Interest Level: Ages 12 and up
Lexile® measure: 690L
Genre: Young adult biography
Themes: Arts and photography, gender roles, Latin America, grief, cultural, identity, storytelling
Cover image of Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer

Maria Sibylla Merian: Artist, Scientist, Adventurer

Science and art combine in this captivating, lushly illustrated biography of Maria Sibylla Merian (1647–1717), one of the world’s first entomologists, who was also a botanist, naturalist, and celebrated artist.

Interest Level: Ages 10 and up
Lexile® measure: 1150L
Genre: Middle-grade nonfiction
Themes: Science and art, natural history, entomology, South America, exploration, women’s history, 17th-century European history, STEAM
Thérèse Makes a Tapestry

Thérèse Makes a Tapestry

Peek behind the curtain at life inside the famous Gobelins Manufactory in 17th-century Paris, and discover how a tapestry is made. Thérèse, who dreams of becoming a weaver someday, hatches an ambitious plan and surprises everyone along the way. This book includes a French translation guide and glossary of terms.

Interest Level: Ages 6-10
Lexile® measure: 740L
Genre: Picture book
Themes: Coming-of-age, tapestry weaving
Art & Science

Art & Science:
A Curriculum for K–12 Teachers

Teach your students about the science of art production and conservation. This curriculum supports student proficiency in science and the visual arts by exploring the fascinating territory in which the arts and sciences mingle.

Interest Level: K–12 Teachers
Reading Level: Adults
Genre: Lessons plans and resources for the classroom
Theme: Art, science
The Brilliant History of Color in Art

The Brilliant History of Color in Art
Victoria Finlay

How has color influenced the History of Art? Use this book to introduce your students to art from the Ice Age to the Digital Age.

Interest Level: Grades 8–12
Lexile® measure: 1200L
Genre: Illustrated art history
Themes: Color
The California Missions

The California Missions:
History, Art, and Preservation

Edna E. Kimbro and Julia G. Costello
with Tevvy Ball

Discover a wealth of knowledge about the history, myths, art, and restoration of the California missions. A resource for teachers following California’s 4th grade curriculum.

Interest Level: 4th grade teachers
Reading Level: Adults
Genre: Non-fiction
Themes: California history, architectural conservation
Greece! Rome! Monsters!

Greece! Rome! Monsters!
John Harris

Introduce your students to a variety of monsters from ancient Greek and Roman myths and tempt them to learn more about these fascinating creatures and their stories with a pronunciation guide and quiz included in the back of the book.

Interest Level: Ages 8+
Lexile® measure: 810L
Genre: Picture book
Themes: Classical mythology
The Incredible Voyage of Ulysses

The Incredible Voyage of Ulysses
Bimba Landmann

What happened after the Trojan War? Explore the ancient epic of Ulysses through a graphic novel filled with beautiful and bold illustrations.

Interest Level: Ages 9–12
Lexile® measure: 490L
Genre: Picture book, graphic novel
Themes: Classical mythology, Greek epic
Marguerite Makes a Book

Marguerite Makes a Book
Bruce Robertson

Learn how a 15th-century illuminated manuscript was made while getting a glimpse of an artist’s life in medieval Paris. Follow a girl as she displays her growing knowledge with confidence and takes on new responsibilities. This book includes a glossary of technical terms.

Interest Level: Ages 7+
Lexile® measure: 570L
Genre: Picture book
Themes: Coming-of-age, medieval life, book-making
My Travels with Clara

My Travels with Clara
Mary Tavener Holmes

Learn the true story of a 5,000-pound rhinoceros and her owner, an 18th-century Dutch sea captain, as they travel across Europe.

Interest Level: Ages 8+
Lexile® measure: AD710L
Genre: Picture book
Themes: 18th-century Europe, exotic animals, travel
Song of the Swallows

Song of the Swallows
Leo Politi

With this Caldecott Medal winning book, learn about the missions of California through the eyes of a young boy and his love of the Swallows of Capistrano.

Interest Level: Ages 6+
Lexile® measure: AD620L
Genre: Picture book
Themes: California mission history, birds, gardening

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