Published by Knopf Books

“Pictures just come to my mind…and I tell my heart to go ahead.”
— Horace Pippin

Horace Pippin loved to draw pictures for his sisters, his classmates, his co-workers. Even during W.W.I, Horace filled his notebooks with drawings from the trenches—until he was wounded. Would he ever draw again? Bryant & Sweet share the story of a self-taught artist who overcame poverty, racism, disability and war to become an American master.

This award-winning biography can be found at local independent bookstores through IndieBound, Barnes and Noble, Amazon, or in your local library.


American Library Association Sibert Medal

Schneider Family Book Award

ALA-ALSC Notable Children's Book

Bank Street College Children's Book of the Year

NCTE Orbis Pictus Award for Outstanding Nonfiction for Children

School Library Journal Best Book of the Year

Kirkus Reviews Best Book of the Year

Booklist Books for Youth Editors' Choice


“Quotations from Pippin about the psychological scars of war and his artistic process are hand-drawn into Sweet’s images, underscoring how art was not only a joyful outlet for Pippin, but also a vital means of interpreting the world.”
— Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This outstanding portrait of African-American artist Horace Pippin (1888-1946) allows Pippin’s work to shine—and his heart too.”
— Kirkus Reviews, starred review
“Bryant’s meticulously researched, eloquent text makes this a winning read-aloud, while Sweet’s vibrant, folksy illustrations, rendered in watercolor, gouache, and mixed media, portray the joys and hardships of the man’s life, using his trademark palette…with just a splash of red.”
— School Library Journal, starred review
“…a well-structured narrative with recurring themes and a highly accessible style…outstanding.”
— Booklist, starred review