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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



# Books Authors Lists
17 100 Pable Picassos Violet Lemay Childhood 101
18
13 Art Movements Children Should Know
Art News
19
13 Artists Children Should Know
Self Sufficient Kids
20 3D Art Adventures Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw The School Run
21 A Child’s Book of Art: Great Pictures First Words Lucy Micklethwait Goodreads
22 A Child’s Calendar John Updike Goodreads
23 A Color of His Own Leo Lionni Goodreads
24 A Day with No Crayons Elizabeth Rusch Goodreads
25 A River of Words: The Story of William Carlos Williams Jen Bryant Goodreads
26 A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin Jen Bryant Goodreads
27 About Two Squares Art News
28 All I See Cynthia Rylant Goodreads
29 An Eye for Color: The Story of Josef Albers Natasha Wing Goodreads
30 Anholt’s Artists Activity Book Imagination Soup
31 Animalia Graeme Base Romper
32 Anna at the Art Museum Imagination Soup
33 Anna’s Art Adventure Self Sufficient Kids
34 Art: A World of Words Art News
35 Artist to Artist: 23 Major Illustrators Talk to Children about Their Art Eric Carle Goodreads
36
Artists and Their Pets: True Stories of Famous Artists and Their Animal Friends
My Modern Met
37 Augustine Mélanie Watt Goodreads
38 Babar’s Museum of Art Laurent de Brunhoff Goodreads
39 Bear’s Picture Daniel Pinkwater Goodreads
40 Beautiful Oops! Barney Saltzberg Goodreads
41 Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: And Other Poems Jack Prelutsky Goodreads
42 Blue & Other Colors Self Sufficient Kids
43 Bridget’s Beret Tom Lichtenheld Goodreads
44 Camille and the Sunflowers: A Story about Vincent van Gogh Laurence Anholt Goodreads
45 Can You Find It Inside?: Search and Discover for Young Art Lovers Jessica Schulte Goodreads
46 Chasing Degas Eva Montanari Goodreads
47 Children’s Book of Art The School Run
48 Colors Ken Nordine Goodreads
49 Come Look With Me: Animals in Art (Come Look With Me Art Books) Gladys S. Blizzard Goodreads
50 Come Look with Me: Enjoying Art with Children Gladys S. Blizzard Goodreads
51 Come Look With Me: Exploring Landscape Art with Children (Come Look With Me Art Books) Gladys S. Blizzard Goodreads
52 Concepts of Colors for Kids James McDonald Goodreads
53 Dear Mili Maurice Sendak (and Wilhelm Grimm) Romper
54 Do You Know Colors? Katherine Howard Goodreads
55
Draw Paint Print Like the Great Artists
The School Run
56 Draw! Raúl Colón Goodreads
57 Drawn Together Minh Lê, illustrated by Dan Santat Romper
58 Dreamer from the Village: The Story of Marc Chagall Michelle Markel Goodreads
59 Dreaming Pictures: Paul Klee Jürgen von Schemm Goodreads
60 Elemenopeo Harriet Ziefert Goodreads
61 Emily’s Art Peter Catalanotto Goodreads
62 Emma and Muse Imagination Soup
63 Extra Yarn Mac Barnett Goodreads
64 Found. Jeff Newman and Larry Day Romper
65
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos
My Modern Met
66 Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World Laurence Anholt The School Run
67 Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself Margaret Frith Childhood 101
68 Georgia Rises: A Day in the Life of Georgia O’Keeffe Kathryn Lasky Goodreads
69 Get Colouring with Katie The School Run
70 Grandpa Green Lane Smith Romper
71 Harold and the Purple Crayon Crockett Johnson Goodreads
72 How to Paint the Portrait of a Bird Jacques Prévert Goodreads
73 Hugo and Miles In I’ve Painted Everything Scott Magoon Goodreads
74 I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! Karen Beaumont Goodreads
75 If da Vinci Painted a Dinosaur Amy Newbold Goodreads
76 If Picasso Painted a Snowman Amy Newbold Goodreads
77 In Mary’s Garden Tina Kugler Goodreads
78 Ish Peter H. Reynolds Goodreads
79 Just Line Around Kinsy McVay Goodreads
80
Kaleidoscope: Hands-On Explorations in Colour (and Color!)
Childhood 101
81 Katie and the Waterlily Pond: A Magical Journey Through Five Monet Masterpieces James Mayhew Goodreads
82 Katie’s Sunday Afternoon James Mayhew Goodreads
83
Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing
My Modern Met
84
Kid Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends
My Modern Met
85 Little Blue and Little Yellow Leo Lionni Goodreads
86 Looking At Pictures Joy Richardson Goodreads
87 Louise Loves Art Kelly Light Goodreads
88 Magritte’s Marvelous Hat D.B. Johnson Goodreads
89 Matisse’s Garden Art News
90
Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood
Imagination Soup
91 Me, Frida Self Sufficient Kids
92 Meet Matisse Art News
93 Mini Masters Box Set Self Sufficient Kids
94 Monet Paints a Day Self Sufficient Kids
95 Morris the Artist Lore Segal Goodreads
96 Mouse Paint Ellen Stoll Walsh Goodreads
97 Mr. Flux Kyo Maclear Goodreads
98
Mr. Owliver’s Magic at the Museum
Imagination Soup
99 Museum 123, Museum ABC and Museum Shapes The NY Metropolitan Museum of Art Childhood 101
100 My Hands Sing the Blues: Romare Bearden’s Childhood Journey Jeanne Walker Harvey and Elizabeth Zunon Barnes And Noble
101 My Museum My Modern Met
102 My Pen Christopher Myers Goodreads
103 Nature art The School Run
104 Ocean Meets Sky the Terry Fan and Eric Fan Romper
105 Old Man Sea R.M. Hedgcoth Goodreads
106 Old Masters Rock The School Run
107 Olivia Ian Falconer Goodreads
108 On A Magical Do Nothing Day Beatrice Alemagna Romper
109 Panda Bear’s Paintbox Michaela Muntean Goodreads
110 Paper Moon R.M. Hedgcoth Goodreads
111 Perfect Square Michael Hall Goodreads
112 Pezzettino Leo Lionni Goodreads
113 Rainbow Bird: An Aboriginal Folktale From Northern Australia Eric Maddern Goodreads
114 Red Sings from Treetops: A Year in Colors Joyce Sidman Goodreads
115 Regina’s Big Mistake Marissa Moss Goodreads
116 Roy’s House Susan Goldman Rubin and Roy Lichtenstein Barnes And Noble
117 Seen Art? Jon Scieszka Goodreads
118 Sky Color Peter H. Reynolds Goodreads
119 Sophie’s Animal Parade Amy Dixon Goodreads
120 Splat! The Most Exciting Artists of All Time Mary Richards The School Run
121 Stained Glass Summer Mindy Hardwick Goodreads
122 Tell Me a Picture Quentin Blake The School Run
123 The Art Book for Children The School Run
124 The Art Collector Imagination Soup
125 The Art Lesson Tomie dePaola Goodreads
126 The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Eric Carle Goodreads
127 The Big Orange Splot Daniel Pinkwater Goodreads
128 The Boy Who Drew Birds: A Story of John James Audubon Jacqueline Davies Goodreads
129 The Bunny Book Art News
130 The Cat and the Bird: A Children’s Book Inspired by Paul Klee Geraldine Elschner Childhood 101
131 The Children’s Book of Art: Internet Linked Rosie Dickins Goodreads
132 The Day the Crayons Quit Drew Daywalt Goodreads
133 The Dot Peter H. Reynolds Goodreads
134 The Frame-Up Imagination Soup
135
The Great Big Art History Colouring Book
My Modern Met
136 The Great Paper Caper Oliver Jeffers Romper
137 The Imaginary Garden Andrew Larsen Goodreads
138 The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse Patricia MacLachlan Goodreads
139 The Legend of the Indian Paintbrush Tomie dePaola Goodreads
140 The Magic Paintbrush Julia Donaldson Goodreads
141 The Magical Garden of Claude Monet Laurence Anholt Goodreads
142 The Pencil Allan Ahlberg Goodreads
143 The Power of the Pencil Guy Field The School Run
144 The Red Chalk Iris van der Heide Goodreads
145 The Shape Game Anthony Browne Goodreads
146 The Snowy Day Ezra Jack Keats Romper
147
The Stories of the Mona Lisa: An Imaginary Museum Tale about the History of Modern Art
Imagination Soup
148 The Stuff Of Stars Marion Dane Bauer, illustrated by Ekua Holmes Romper
149 Through Georgia’s Eyes Rachel Victoria Rodriguez and Julie Paschkis Barnes And Noble
150 Touch the Art: Pop Warhol’s Top Julie Appel Childhood 101
151 Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars Joan Holub Goodreads
152 Vincent’s Colors Vincent van Gogh Goodreads
153
Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories
The School Run
154 Viva Frida Yuyi Morales Goodreads
155 Wabi Sabi Mark Reibstein Goodreads
156 Wanda Gág: The Girl Who Lived to Draw Deborah Kogan Ray Goodreads
157 When Emily Carr Met Woo Monica Kulling Goodreads
158 When Pigasso Met Mootisse Nina Laden Goodreads
159 White Rabbit’s Colors Alan Baker Goodreads
160 Why Am I Me? Paige Britt, illustrated by Sean Qualls and Selina Alko Romper
161
Why is art full of naked people?
The School Run
162 Why is Blue Dog Blue?: A Tale of Colors George Rodrigue Goodreads
163 Willow (Willow, #1) Denise Brennan-Nelson Goodreads
164 Willy’s Pictures Anthony Browne Goodreads
165 Wonder Bear Tao Nyeu Goodreads
166
Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!
My Modern Met
167 Yellow Kayak Nina Laden, illustrated by Melissa Castrillon Romper


9 Best Children’s Books About Art Sources/Lists



Source Article
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
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