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Leslie Sills is the author of three award-winning books on women artists and a brand new book about the history of girls' and women's clothing in America.

While a student at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts, where she studied ceramic sculpture, she began teaching in after-school programs and community art centers. Through her work with children, she became aware of the lack of written material for them on women artists and became determined to change that.

Leslie is an artist whose sculptures have been shown at the Institute of Contemporary Art in Boston and other museums and galleries around the United States. She lives, work and teaches art in Brookline, Massachusetts.

From Rags to Riches

From Rags to Riches:
a History of Girls' Clothing in America
Holiday House, 2005
ages 10 and up, ISBN 978-0-8234-1708-7

Who thought up bloomers? Why were three-year-old colonial girls bound up in corsets? How did fashions such as voluminous leg-o'-mutton sleeves and incredibly wide hoopskirts catch on? From corsets and bustles to blue jeans and bellbottoms, an acclaimed author of art books for children takes a thoughtful look at what American girls have been wearing from Colonial times to the present. Through pictures and a lively text, Leslie Sills presents practical as well as outrageous garments, how clothing was made, the people who made the clothes, and how fashion was marketed to women.

This book includes more than sixty pictures and photographs, a glossary, index, bibliography, webography, and list of museums with costume collections.

In Real Life: Six Women Photographers

In Real Life: Six Women Photographers
Holiday House, 2000
ages 9 and up, ISBN 978-0-8234-1498-7

Not only discusses the art of Imogen Cunningham, Dorothea Lange, Lola Alvarez Bravo, Carrie Mae Weems, Elsa Dorfman, and Cindy Sherman, but also explains the deceptive nature of photography. "A multi-faceted gem of a book," states VOYA Magazine (Voices of Youth Advocates).

Booklist Editor's Choice, Best Books for 2000; Booklist One of the Best Ten Art Books for Children in 2000; CCBC Choice Book; New York Public Library Recommended List: One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing and Best Books for the Teen Age in 2001

Visions: Stories About Women Artists

Visions: Stories about Women Artists
Albert Whitman, 1993
ages 9 and up, ISBN 978-0-8075-8491-0

More Sstories about remarkable women: Mary Cassatt, Leonora Carrington, Betye Saar, and Mary Frank Booklist states, "Sills once again brings women artists to the fore, smoothly melding information about their personal histories with insight into their art." And the New York TImes states, "Leslie Sills, an artist and teacher, has filled a gender void."

ALA Notable Book, 1994; Booklist Editor's Choice: Best Books for 1993; School Library Journal's Best Books for 1993; American Bookseller's Pick of the Lists; Kirkus Reviews Pointer 1993; New York Public Library Recommended List, One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing

Inspirations: Stories About Women Artists

Inspirations: Stories About Women Artists
Albert Whitman, 1988
ages 9 and up, ISBN 978-0-8075-3649-0

The lives and works of Georgia O'Keeffe, Frida Kahlo, Alice Neel, and Faith Ringgold are discussed in clear, simple language. In The San Francisco Review of Books, 8-year-old Alexis Elmore writes, "And when you read this book you will be inspired too. The stories show that anyone can reach their goal if they try hard enough." School Library Journal says, "This book should be put in the hands of as many young people as possible."

ALA Notable Book, 1989; Booklist Editor's Choice Best Books for 1989; Boston Globe Recommended List, Biographies for children, 1991; Parenting Magazine's Best Ten Books for Children, 1989; American Bookseller's Pick of the Lists; New York Public Library's Recommended List: One Hundred Titles for Reading and Sharing

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