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Ten Favorite Art History Books for Kids

Explore these art history books for some great educational fun! Artists typically have really interesting lives.

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Whimsical book that reflects the style and feeling of a real Chagall painting. He was a dreamer and you get that feeling from this lovely book.

This book is written from a child’s point of view who is doing a report on Matisse. I like that it particularly talks about his cut paper art and shows some real life pictures of him and his artwork.

This is a kid favorite! I have used this alot as a read aloud and kids love the rhythm and guessing involved for each page. Also who doesn’t love this Blue Dog? Check out George Rodrigue’s other books and his artwork on Google.

Great illustrations in this one that tell the story of Alexander Calder’s life.

This author has a unique style and weaves a story about the artist that is entertaining while sharing information about the artist. He has several titles in his artist series including one on: Frida Kahlo, Edgar Degas, Vincent VanGogh, and Claude Monet.

I love these books. I have used these for years and they are entertaining to all ages. The kids love the comics and I love that the author shows the artist’s actual artwork and tells the story of their lives in a way that is interesting to kids. He also has books on composers and scientists.

This is a neat little book that has a fold-out tour of Monet’s home and gardens and includes liftable flaps, screens that unfold, pull out buildings, and a figure of Monet at an easel. You can really feel like you are there with him. I got to visit Giverny last spring when I was in Paris and it is a beautiful place!

This is a fun book that captures the imagination of kids. Andy Warhol led an interesting and somewhat unusual life and this book does a good job of talking about his art and gives you a look at his eccentric personality. He was one of a kind for sure!

I love this artist and you have probably seen his Great Wave of Kanagawa print somewhere as it is very famous. I lived in Japan for 4 years so this touches my heart in a special way. I love using this artist and book to talk about the unique country that Japan is and all the great art that is produced there.

This book is written from a child’s point of view who is doing a report on Degas. Fun illustrations and interesting facts are presented in a very kid friendly format. Love the style of this one!


Do you have favorite art history books for kids? Share them with me in the comments below!

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