Learning about Art is one of life’s great pleasures which is why we have put together this list of our favorite 8 art books for kids! A number of great authors and illustrators have created books for children focused on art that inspires the creativity in of young minds.
In our home, the shelves are full of books. What better way to teach kids about art than picture book created just for them. Some art books for kids have no need for words as the talented illustrators have created books that narrate charming stories. One such book is MY Museum. In this captivating picture book, a young boy learns that art is all around us. We all remember what it was like to be a child in a crowded art museum.
Other books for slightly older kids explore may great artists. One example of this is Action Jackson- this book is written by Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan. This is a unique picture book about the great painter Jackson Pollock, the way in which he worked and his life. The lyrical text is drawn from Pollock’s own comments and those made by members of his immediate circle.
Scroll down for our list of 8 art books for kids that will inspire young creative minds! And if you have a Kindle device, you’re in luck as many of these art books for kids are available through the e-reader. Through Kindle Unlimited, you have unlimited reading access to over a million ebooks that can be read on any device.
8 Art Books for Kids
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos: written by Monica Brown and illustrated by John Parra. It is based on the life of Frida Kahlo, and the animals that inspired her art and life.
The fascinating Mexican artist Frida Kahlo is remembered for her self-portraits. Her dramatic works feature bold and vibrant colors. Her work brought attention to Mexican and indigenous culture and is renowned for celebrating the female form.
In My Museum, a young boy learns that art is all around. In this captivating picture book about a day at the museum. We all remember what it was like to be a child in a crowded art museum. It is hard to see, let alone appreciate the art. It got tiring. And there was so much else to look at! That’s the lesson of this ingeniously simple yet profound book about art. It is everywhere!
Action Jackson: One late spring morning the American artist Jackson Pollock began work on the canvas that would ultimately come to be known as Number 1, 1950 (Lavender Mist).
Award-winning authors Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan use this moment as the point for a unique picture book about a great painter. Their lyrical text, drawn from Pollock’s own comments and those made by members of his immediate circle. The text is perfectly complemented by vibrant watercolors by Robert Andrew Parker.
Henri’s Scissors: In a small weaving town in France, a young boy named Henri-Emile Matisse drew pictures everywhere. When he grew up, he moved to Paris and became a famous artist. His work was adored around the world. But late in life, a serious illness confined him to a wheelchair. Amazingly, it was from there that he created among his most beloved works—enormous and breathtaking paper cutouts
For children that delight in both animals and art. The book Artists and Their Pets: True Stories of Famous Artists and Their Animal Friends tells the tales of history’s famous artists and their pets. With colorful illustrations by Violet Lemay and a playful narrative by Susie Hodge, featured artists include Pablo Picasso and his white mouse; Andy Warhol and his beloved dachshunds; and Salvador Dalí along with his leopard-esque pet ocelot.
And maybe not just for the kids, Enchanted Forest: An Inky Quest & Coloring Book is a magical coloring book by Johanna Basford takes colorists through an enchanted forest to discover what lies in the castle. Similarly interactive like SECRET GARDEN, ENCHANTED FOREST also features hidden objects and fun mazes. Beginning at the entrance to a fairy-tale forest, the journey progresses through highly embellished woods and through intricate flora. Castles, treasure chests, and other magical elements add a fairy tale narrative to the designs.
Little People, BIG DREAMS series: discover the incredible life of Georgia O’Keeffe, one of America’s greatest artists A true story of a talented painter who broke boundaries.
As a child, little Georgia viewed the world differently from other people. She roamed outdoors with her sketchbook, while other girls played. As an adult, she painted all day. From New York City to New Mexico, she was influenced by the landscapes of her environment. This moving book features stylish and quirky illustrations and extra facts at the back, including a biographical timeline with historical photos and a detailed profile of the artist’s life.
Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity! Written by Sarah Suzuki, a curator in the Department of Drawings and Prints at MoMA, with illustrations by Weinstein and reproductions of seven of Kusama’s artworks, including several in MoMA’s collection and installation shots of her famed Infinity Mirrored Room and the Obliteration Room, this colourful book tells the story of an artist who is covering the world in dots, from here to infinity.
We took the kids to experience and take part in an installation of hers called the “The Obliteration Room” If you get the chance it is a lot of fun for all!