Art History for Kids: Children’s Books About Great Artists

Included with the 25 awesome activities in my brand ebook, Kaleidoscope: Hands On Explorations in Colour (and Color!), are four inspired by the work of great artists – Klee, Kandinsky, Warhol and Giacometti. I believe that studying the life and art of the masters is a fabulous way to help children learn to reflect upon and share their own ideas, emotions and unique perspectives on the world. I do hope you will take a look at the ideas shared in Kaleidoscope.

12 fabulous picture books that each explore the life and artwork of a master artist, each with a unique artistic style and view of the world. Children can learn so much about expressing their own thoughts and ideas from these masters.

Today I am sharing 12 fabulous picture books that each explore the lives and artwork of a range of master artists – and there is surely no doubting that each and every artist included in this collection had a very unique view of the world, from which we can learn so much. There are a range of art styles included in this list, everything from impressionism to abstract to pop art, so I am confident you will find a style and story that fills your child with wonder. Here are our favourites…

The Cat and the Bird: A Children’s Book Inspired by Paul Klee – Geraldine Elschner
Elschner’s story and illustrations are inspired by Klee’s use of line shape and colour, creating the story of his fabulous painting, Cat and Bird.

The Noisy Paintbox: The Colours and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art – Barb Rosenstock
The story of Kandinsky, one of the world’s first abstract painters, and his unique view of the world through both colour and sound.

Touch the Art: Pop Warhol’s Top – Julie Appel
A touch and feel book with a difference! Sharing the works of a range of fabulous pop artists, including the wonderful Andy Warhol.

Vincent’s Colours- The Metropolitan Museum of Art
This book cleverly shares the stories of Vincent Van Gogh’s paintings through his own words, translated from actual letters to his brother.

Henri’s Scissors – Jeanette Winter
The author sensitively shares the story of Matisse’s art journey from drawing to painting to his most well known art created by cutting colourful, paper shapes. This book will have your children itching to snip with scissors before they even make the last page.

Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself – Margaret Frith
This story is cleverly structured as a report by a child on Mexican artist, Frida Kahlo.

Linnea in Monet’s Garden – Christina Bjork
Linnea shares the story of her visit to Paris and all that she discovered about the fabulous Monet.

Katie and the Mona Lisa – James Mayhew
Featuring the work of five famous Renaissance painters, including DaVinci’s Mona Lisa, Katie discovers much about the subjects of each painting as she steps through the frame and speaks to them.

My Name is Georgia- A Portrait by Jeanette Winter
From childhood Georgia O’Keeffe knew that she wanted to be an artist, and this is her extraordinary story of why and how she made such wonderful art for all to enjoy.

Action Jackson – Jan Greenberg
A peek inside the Jackson Pollock’s unique style and studio, the story draws on Pollock’s own comments and those of other member’s of his family.

100 Pable Picassos – Violet Lemay
The author shares bite sized tidbits of information about Picasso alongside an invitation to the reader to find and count all 100 drawings of Picasso shared throughout the book.

Museum 123, Museum ABC and Museum Shapes – The NY Metropolitan Museum of Art
Using artistic masterpieces from their collection, this series by the New York Metropolitan Museum of Art matches art to math and literacy concepts to explore with young children.

12 fabulous picture books that each explore the lives and artwork of a range of master artists, each with a unique style and view of the world. Children can learn so much about expressing their own thoughts and ideas from the masters.

For your convenience, each title is linked to an Amazon page (these are affiliate links) where you can find reviews and age recommendations for those you might not be personally familiar with.

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