Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

by Kay A. Haring and Robert Neubecker

In this picture book biography of Keith Haring, Keith is just too busy drawing to... read more

In this picture book biography of Keith Haring, Keith is just too busy drawing to answer the many “why” questions put to him by teachers, friends, family members, and others. Keith began drawing when he was a child, encouraged and mentored by his father. As the refrain says, Keith “just kept drawing” for the entirety of his life: he doodled on tests in elementary school, sold his bike to buy art supplies, gave his paintings away for free in high school. He studied art in college, where teachers questioned his unique style and subject matter. He moved to New York City, where his art began to appear on walls and in subway stations, “because everyone needs art.” When his paintings sold, Keith donated the money (people asked, “Why?”) and “just kept drawing.” Written by Keith’s sister, this quietly inspirational book has an author’s note imparting memories and photographs of Keith, as well as additional information on the artist and the Keith Haring Foundation. Photographs of Keith’s vibrant works of art blend seamlessly with Neubecker’s illustrations on nearly every page, with details about the works used at the end of the book. (Ages 5-9)

© Cooperative Children's Book Center, Univ. of Wisconsin - Madison, 2018

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