Here at Museo Art Academy, we love teaching kids how to think like artists. This means allowing creativity to take over, but also knowing the basics of art history, too. One fun way you can encourage your child's artistic tendencies at home is by reading art-related books with them. We compiled a few of our favorite art books for kids. Some tell stories of young artists, and others teach about famous artists in history. We hope you enjoy!
by Denise Brennan-Nelson &Rosemarie Brennan, and illustrated by Cyd Moore
This story about how a girl named Willow inspires her strict art teacher to embrace her creativity is an adventure to read!
The Day the Crayons Quit
by Oliver Jeffers
What's little artist Duncan to do when he opens his crayon box to find all of his crayons have gone on strike?
I am an Artist
by Marta Altes
A little boy can't stop making art in places he shouldn't. See how he finally creates a piece of art that his mother can truly love (and not scrub off a wall).
Funny Machines for George the Sheep
by Geraldine Elschner
George the sheep seems to shrink to the size of a mouse when he gets wet. So his friend Leo makes a series of Leonardo da Vinci-inspired contraptions to keep George dry.
The Art Book for Children
by Amanda Renshaw & Gilda Williams Ruggi
This kid-friendly book makes 30 of the art world's most famous masters accessible and understandable.
by Barney Saltzberg
This fun book teaches kids that it's okay to make mistakes; in fact, some of the best art comes from fixing a mistake. The first page shows a huge tear on the front, and a painted alligator with an open (ripped) mouth on the back.