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Best Series of Books about Artists

Those of you that frequent Kitchen table Classroom often know that teaching through books is kinda my thing.  Finding quality books about artists written directly to and for kids is the perfect introduction to an art history education.

 Finding quality books about artists written directly to and for kids is the perfect introduction to an art history education.

Finding books about artists has never been easier or more fun.  There are just so many quality options to choose from.  This list is specific to series of books.  Pick a series, any series.

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Anholt’s Artist’s Books for Children

What I love about these book sis that they turn the artist into the main character in the book.  It’s a (mostly factual) story, not an art history text.  The illustrations are sweet & the stories have some meat to them.  Anholt makes the each artist’s  story relatable and memorable.  This series could easily translate to a year long (or even two year long) art history curriculum for elementary students.

Picasso and the Girl with the Ponytail

Camille and the Sunflowers

Van Gogh and the Sunflowers

The Magical Garden of Claude Monet

Degas and the Little Dancer

Leonardo and the Flying Boy

Matisse the King of Color

Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World

Cezanne and the Apple Boy

Papa Chagall Tell Us a Story

Who Was Series….

I love this series for art and pretty much every other subject there is.  We use them as a read aloud for my younger kids and as read on your own book for my older kids.  These are chapter books with very few illustrations but they are easy reading and present SO much information! 

Titles in this series include the following artists: Leonardo DaVinci, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, Andy Warhol,  and Frida Kahlo

Finding quality books about artists written directly to and for kids is the perfect introduction to an art history education.

The Katie Series

Meet Katie.  Katie will introduce your kiddos to a variety famous works of art as she dives into the artwork for a new adventure.  These classic stories by James Mayhew are easy to read and provide some great factual information along the way!

Katie and the Mona Lisa

Katie and the Starry Night

Katie and the Waterlily Pond

Katie and the Impressionists

Katie and the Spanish Princess

Katie’s Picture Show

Katie and the British Artists

Katie and the Bathers

Katie and the Sunflowers

Meet the Artist

Each book in this series by Patricia Geis is full of interactive fun.  Bold colors, flaps, pop ups, cutouts, and pull tabs bring the work of these artists to life.  Art history is far from boring with this series.

Pablo Picasso: Meet the Artist

Henri Matisse: Meet the Artist

Alexander Calder: Meet the Artist (favorite, here)

Vincent Van Gogh: Meet the Artist

Smart About Art Series

The Smart about Art Series is especially fun because it is told through the eyes of a child.  There are reproductions, a little humor, and plenty of factual information to make these books a great learning tool and a fun story time!

Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars, by Joan Holub

Matisse: Drawing with Scissors by Jane O’Connor

Frida Kahlo: The Artist Who Painted Herself by Margaret Frith

Claude Monet: Sunshine and Waterlilies by True Kelley

Pablo Picasso: Breaking All the Rules by True Kelley

Edgar Degas: Paintings That Dance by Maryann Cocca-Leffler

Mary Cassatt: Family Pictures by Jane O’Connor

Pierre Auguste -Renoir: Paintings that Smile by True Kelley

Mini Masters

The Mini Masters Series are board books.  That’s right these books about artists are for the youngest crowd but can be enjoyed by anyone.  Simple rhyming text and beautiful pictures are a great introduction to these artists.  Each book in this series is co written by the authors Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober.

Quiet Time with Cassatt

Sharing with Renoir

Painting with Picasso

Sunday with Seurat

On and Island with Gaugin

Dreaming with Rousseau

In the Garden with Van Gogh

A Picnic with Monet

Dancing with Degas

A Magical Day with Matisse

The Mini Masters Boxed Set contains four board books (Degas, Monet, Matisse, and Van Gogh.)  This set is a deal compared to buying the books separately and would make a sweet gift!

More board books about artists…

This group of board books written and illustrated by Susan Goldman Rubin is just too cute.  These books have reproductions of the artist’s work along with simple text.  What a great way to make fine art relatable to even the youngest listener!  I also love that this series features some artists that aren’t as typical to children’s literature like Thiebaud and Jacob Lawrence.

Counting with Wayne Thiebaud,

Magritte’s Imagination

Matisse Dance for Joy

Andy Warhol’s Colors

Jacob Lawrence in the City

Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists

This classic series by Mike Venezia has SO many titles.  The sheer number of titles means that this series covers more than just the few popular artists you see in most series.  They combine cartoon images with reproductions of the artist’s work in a fun, easy to read way.

 Venezia’s books do a great job of giving a background information on the artist and providing some context for their work.  They can get a little long depending on the age of your audience.  I tend to use these books as a spine and skip around a bit! (Fun fact; there is also a series called Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Composers by the same author!)

Monet, Picasso, Van Gogh, Da VinciMichelangeloJackson PollockGeorgia O’Keefe, Andy Warhol, Frida Kahlo,

Diego Rivera,  Paul Cezanne, George Seurat, Paul KleeMarc Chagall, Roy Lichtenstein, Norman Rockwell,

Grandma MosesFaith Ringold, Horace Pippin, Winslow Homer, Johannes VermeerBotticelliTitian,

Fransisco Goya,&  El Greco

Finding quality books about artists written directly to and for kids is the perfect introduction to an art history education.

Tell me the books about artists that you use in your home or classroom.

Read and about art and then write about art with this artist study guide! Read about great artists and then use what you know to write about them!


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    Mother of 3

    May 5, 2017

    I just love how many wonderful art books there are out there for kids. We often pick an artist, read a bunch of picture books about him/her, and then try to replicate one of their famous works. Great list; pinned!

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      kitchentableclassroom@gmail.com

      May 6, 2017

      Joanne, that is a great way to include art in your homeschool day! The books are such an easy way to build connections! I hope you found some new ones!

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