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The Best Art Books For Children

“What are the best books about Art For Kids?” We looked at 167 of the top Children;s Art books, aggregating and ranking them so we could answer that very question!

The top 16 titles, all appearing on 2 or more “Best Kids Art” book lists, are ranked below by how many lists they appear on. The remaining 150+ titles, as well as the lists we used are in alphabetical order at the bottom of the page.

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Top 16 Best Art Books For Children

16 .) Art & Max written by David Wiesner

Art & Max

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup

Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media, with unexpected consequences.

15 .) Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life Of Louis Bourgeois written by Amy Novesky, illustrated by Isabelle Arsenault

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life Of Louis Bourgeois

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Romper

Louise Bourgeois (1911 2010) was a world-renowned modern artist noted for her sculptures made of wood, steel, stone, and cast rubber. Her most famous spider sculpture, “Maman,” stands more than 30 feet high. Just as spiders spin and repair their webs, Louise’s own mother was a weaver of tapestries. Louise spent her childhood in France as an apprentice to her mother before she became a tapestry artist herself. She worked with fabric throughout her career, and this biographical picture book shows how Bourgeois’s childhood experiences weaving with her loving, nurturing mother provided the inspiration for her most famous works.…

14 .) Edward Hopper Paints His World written by Robert Burleigh and Wendell Minor

Edward Hopper Paints His World

Lists It Appears On:

  • Art News
  • Barnes And Noble

As a boy, Edward Hopper knew exactly what he wanted to be when he grew up: on the cover of his pencil box, he wrote the words EDWARD HOPPER, WOULD-BE ARTIST. He traveled to New York and to Paris to hone his craft. And even though no one wanted to buy his paintings for a long time, he never stopped believing in his dream to be an artist. He was fascinated with painting light and shadow and his works explore this challenge.Edward Hopper’s story is one of courage, resilience, and determination.

13 .) Emily’s Blue Period written by Cathleen Daly

Emily's Blue Period

Lists It Appears On:

  • Art News
  • Goodreads

After her parents get divorced, Emily finds comfort in making and learning about art.

12 .) Imagine! written by Raúl Colón


Lists It Appears On:

  • Imagination Soup
  • Romper

11 .) Katie and the Sunflowers written by James Mayhew

Katie and the Sunflowers

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • The School Run

Katie tries to pick the sunflower seeds from the Vincent Van Gogh painting, but when the vase tips over, the flowers go everywhere. Mimi, a little girl from a painting nearby, comes to help Katie, but when Mimi’s dog Zazou comes too … disaster follows!…

10 .) My Name is Georgia written by Jeanette Winter

My Name is Georgia

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Presents, in brief text and illustrations, the life of the painter who drew much of her inspiration from nature.

9 .) The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau written by Michelle Markel

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Self Sufficient Kids

A child’s biography of French artist Henri Rousseau, who spent his life as a toll collector, but created unheralded masterpieces in his spare time.

8 .) The Noisy Paintbox: The Colours and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art written by Barb Rosenstock

The Noisy Paintbox: The Colours and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Describes how his creative life was profoundly shaped by a neurological condition called synesthesia which caused him to experienced colors as sounds and sounds as colors.

7 .) Uncle Andy’s: A Faabbbulous Visit With Andy Warhol written by James Warhola

Uncle Andy's: A Faabbbulous Visit With Andy Warhol

Lists It Appears On:

  • Barnes And Noble
  • Goodreads

The author describes a trip to see his uncle, the soon-to-be-famous artist Andy Warhol, and the fun that he and his family had on the visit.

6 .) Vincent’s Colours written by The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Vincent’s Colours

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Vincent van Gogh corresponds with his younger brother, Theo, about his paintings.

5 .) You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum written by Jacqueline Preiss Weitzman

You Can't Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum

Lists It Appears On:

  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup

In this wordless story, a young girl and her grandmother view works inside the Metropolitan Museum of Art, while the balloon she has been forced to leave outside floats around New York City causing a series of mishaps that mirror scenes in the museum’s artworks.…

4 .) Action Jackson written by Jan Greenberg

Action Jackson

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • My Modern Met
  • Self Sufficient Kids

Imagines Jackson Pollock at work during the creation of one of his paint-swirled and splattered canvasses.

3 .) Henri’s Scissors written by Jeanette Winter

Henri’s Scissors

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • My Modern Met
  • Self Sufficient Kids

When Henri Matisse was a boy, he drew pictures everywhere. And when he grew up, he became a famous artist whose paintings were beloved around the world. Them late in life, a serious illness confined Henri to just his bed and a wheelchair. But amazingly, from there he created some of his finest works , the enormous and breathtaking paper cut-outs.

2 .) Katie and the Mona Lisa written by James Mayhew

Katie and the Mona Lisa

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • My Modern Met
  • Self Sufficient Kids

At the art museum, while her grandmother dozes, Katie steps into the painting of the Mona Lisa and together they have adventures with the characters from four other well-known Renaissance paintings. Includes information about the artists.

1 .) Linnea in Monet’s Garden written by Christina Björk

Linnea in Monet's Garden

Lists It Appears On:

  • Childhood 101
  • Goodreads
  • Imagination Soup

A little girl visits the home and garden of Claude Monet at Giverny, France, and learns about the artist’s paintings and his life. The illustrations include photographs of the painter and his family as well as examples of his work.

The 150+ Additional Best Kids Art Books

17100 Pable PicassosViolet LemayChildhood 101
13 Art Movements Children Should Know
 Art News
13 Artists Children Should Know
 Self Sufficient Kids
203D Art AdventuresMaja Pitamic and Jill LaidlawThe School Run
21A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures First WordsLucy MicklethwaitGoodreads
22A Child’s CalendarJohn UpdikeGoodreads
23A Color of His OwnLeo LionniGoodreads
24A Day with No CrayonsElizabeth RuschGoodreads
25A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos WilliamsJen BryantGoodreads
26A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace PippinJen BryantGoodreads
27About Two Squares Art News
28All I SeeCynthia RylantGoodreads
29An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef AlbersNatasha WingGoodreads
30Anholt’s Artists Activity Book Imagination Soup
31AnimaliaGraeme BaseRomper
32Anna at the Art Museum Imagination Soup
33Anna’s Art Adventure Self Sufficient Kids
34Art: A World of Words Art News
35Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their ArtEric CarleGoodreads
Artists and Their Pets: True Stories of Famous Artists and Their Animal Friends
 My Modern Met
37AugustineMélanie WattGoodreads
38Babar’s Museum of ArtLaurent de BrunhoffGoodreads
39Bear’s PictureDaniel PinkwaterGoodreads
40Beautiful Oops!Barney SaltzbergGoodreads
41Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: And Other PoemsJack PrelutskyGoodreads
42Blue & Other Colors Self Sufficient Kids
43Bridget’s BeretTom LichtenheldGoodreads
44Camille and the Sunflowers: A Story about Vincent van GoghLaurence AnholtGoodreads
45Can You Find It Inside?: Search and Discover for Young Art LoversJessica SchulteGoodreads
46Chasing DegasEva MontanariGoodreads
47Children’s Book of Art The School Run
48ColorsKen NordineGoodreads
49Come Look With Me: Animals in Art (Come Look With Me Art Books)Gladys S. BlizzardGoodreads
50Come Look with Me: Enjoying Art with ChildrenGladys S. BlizzardGoodreads
51Come Look With Me: Exploring Landscape Art with Children (Come Look With Me Art Books)Gladys S. BlizzardGoodreads
52Concepts of Colors for KidsJames McDonaldGoodreads
53Dear MiliMaurice Sendak (and Wilhelm Grimm)Romper
54Do You Know Colors?Katherine HowardGoodreads
Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists
 The School Run
56Draw!Raúl ColónGoodreads
57Drawn TogetherMinh Lê, illustrated by Dan SantatRomper
58Dreamer from the Village: The Story of Marc ChagallMichelle MarkelGoodreads
59Dreaming Pictures: Paul KleeJürgen von SchemmGoodreads
60ElemenopeoHarriet ZiefertGoodreads
61Emily’s ArtPeter CatalanottoGoodreads
62Emma and Muse Imagination Soup
63Extra YarnMac BarnettGoodreads
64Found.Jeff Newman and Larry DayRomper
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
 My Modern Met
66Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the WorldLaurence AnholtThe School Run
67Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted HerselfMargaret FrithChildhood 101
68Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O’KeeffeKathryn LaskyGoodreads
69Get Colouring with Katie The School Run
70Grandpa GreenLane SmithRomper
71Harold and the Purple CrayonCrockett JohnsonGoodreads
72How to Paint the Portrait of a BirdJacques PrévertGoodreads
73Hugo and Miles In I’ve Painted EverythingScott MagoonGoodreads
74I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More!Karen BeaumontGoodreads
75If da Vinci Painted a DinosaurAmy NewboldGoodreads
76If Picasso Painted a SnowmanAmy NewboldGoodreads
77In Mary’s GardenTina KuglerGoodreads
78IshPeter H. ReynoldsGoodreads
79Just Line AroundKinsy McVayGoodreads
Kaleidoscope: Hands-On Explorations in Colour (and Color!)
 Childhood 101
81Katie and the Waterlily Pond: A Magical Journey Through Five Monet MasterpiecesJames MayhewGoodreads
82Katie’s Sunday AfternoonJames MayhewGoodreads
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing
 My Modern Met
Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends
 My Modern Met
85Little Blue and Little YellowLeo LionniGoodreads
86Looking At PicturesJoy RichardsonGoodreads
87Louise Loves ArtKelly LightGoodreads
88Magritte’s Marvelous HatD.B. JohnsonGoodreads
89Matisse’s Garden Art News
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
 Imagination Soup
91Me, Frida Self Sufficient Kids
92Meet Matisse Art News
93Mini Masters Box Set Self Sufficient Kids
94Monet Paints a Day Self Sufficient Kids
95Morris the ArtistLore SegalGoodreads
96Mouse PaintEllen Stoll WalshGoodreads
97Mr. FluxKyo MaclearGoodreads
Mr. Owliver’s Magic at the Museum
 Imagination Soup
99Museum 123, Museum ABC and Museum ShapesThe NY Metropolitan Museum of ArtChildhood 101
100My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood JourneyJeanne Walker Harvey and Elizabeth ZunonBarnes And Noble
101My Museum My Modern Met
102My PenChristopher MyersGoodreads
103Nature art The School Run
104Ocean Meets Skythe Terry Fan and Eric FanRomper
105Old Man SeaR.M. HedgcothGoodreads
106Old Masters Rock The School Run
107OliviaIan FalconerGoodreads
108On A Magical Do Nothing DayBeatrice AlemagnaRomper
109Panda Bear’s PaintboxMichaela MunteanGoodreads
110Paper MoonR.M. HedgcothGoodreads
111Perfect SquareMichael HallGoodreads
112PezzettinoLeo LionniGoodreads
113Rainbow Bird: An Aboriginal Folktale From Northern AustraliaEric MaddernGoodreads
114Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in ColorsJoyce SidmanGoodreads
115Regina’s Big MistakeMarissa MossGoodreads
116Roy’s HouseSusan Goldman Rubin and Roy LichtensteinBarnes And Noble
117Seen Art?Jon ScieszkaGoodreads
118Sky ColorPeter H. ReynoldsGoodreads
119Sophie’s Animal ParadeAmy DixonGoodreads
120Splat! The Most Exciting Artists of All TimeMary RichardsThe School Run
121Stained Glass SummerMindy HardwickGoodreads
122Tell Me a PictureQuentin BlakeThe School Run
123The Art Book for Children The School Run
124The Art Collector Imagination Soup
125The Art LessonTomie dePaolaGoodreads
126The Artist Who Painted a Blue HorseEric CarleGoodreads
127The Big Orange SplotDaniel PinkwaterGoodreads
128The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James AudubonJacqueline DaviesGoodreads
129The Bunny Book Art News
130The Cat and the Bird: A Children’s Book Inspired by Paul KleeGeraldine ElschnerChildhood 101
131The Children’s Book of Art: Internet LinkedRosie DickinsGoodreads
132The Day the Crayons QuitDrew DaywaltGoodreads
133The DotPeter H. ReynoldsGoodreads
134The Frame-Up Imagination Soup
The Great Big Art History Colouring Book
 My Modern Met
136The Great Paper CaperOliver JeffersRomper
137The Imaginary GardenAndrew LarsenGoodreads
138The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri MatissePatricia MacLachlanGoodreads
139The Legend of the Indian PaintbrushTomie dePaolaGoodreads
140The Magic PaintbrushJulia DonaldsonGoodreads
141The Magical Garden of Claude MonetLaurence AnholtGoodreads
142The PencilAllan AhlbergGoodreads
143The Power of the PencilGuy FieldThe School Run
144The Red ChalkIris van der HeideGoodreads
145The Shape GameAnthony BrowneGoodreads
146The Snowy DayEzra Jack KeatsRomper
The Stories of the Mona Lisa: An Imaginary Museum Tale about the History of Modern Art
 Imagination Soup
148The Stuff Of StarsMarion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua HolmesRomper
149Through Georgia’s EyesRachel Victoria Rodriguez and Julie PaschkisBarnes And Noble
150Touch the Art: Pop Warhol’s TopJulie AppelChildhood 101
151Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly StarsJoan HolubGoodreads
152Vincent’s ColorsVincent van GoghGoodreads
Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories
 The School Run
154Viva FridaYuyi MoralesGoodreads
155Wabi SabiMark ReibsteinGoodreads
156Wanda Gág: The Girl Who Lived to DrawDeborah Kogan RayGoodreads
157When Emily Carr Met WooMonica KullingGoodreads
158When Pigasso Met MootisseNina LadenGoodreads
159White Rabbit’s ColorsAlan BakerGoodreads
160Why Am I Me?Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina AlkoRomper
Why is art full of naked people?
 The School Run
162Why is Blue Dog Blue?: A Tale of ColorsGeorge RodrigueGoodreads
163Willow (Willow, #1)Denise Brennan-NelsonGoodreads
164Willy’s PicturesAnthony BrowneGoodreads
165Wonder BearTao NyeuGoodreads
Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!
 My Modern Met
167Yellow KayakNina Laden, illustrated by Melissa CastrillonRomper

9 Best Children’s Books About Art Sources/Lists

Art News 9 Awesome New Art Books for Kids
Barnes And Noble 5 Picture Books That Introduce Kids to Great Artists
Childhood 101 Art History for Kids: Children’s Books About Great Artists
Goodreads Children Books About Art
Imagination Soup Inspiring Children’s Books for Art Loving Kids
My Modern Met 10 Inspiring Children’s Books for Budding Little Artists
Romper 12 Picture Books That Are Legit Works Of Art
Self Sufficient Kids 13 Children’s Books About Famous Artists Kids Will Love to Read
The School Run Best art books for children