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Art Books for Kids

Created by 49thShelf
  • Age: 4 to 12
  • Grade: k to 7
tagged: arts and culture, picture books, history
Picture book intros to the lives of the artists.

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The Artist and Me

by Shane Peacock, illustrated by Sophie Casson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 9
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: bullying, art & architecture, peer pressure, european

Vincent van Gogh is now known as an acclaimed, incomparable Post-impressionist painter. But when he lived in Arles, France, in the 1880s, he was mocked for being different. Back then, van Gogh was an eccentric man with wild red hair who used clashing hues to paint unusual-looking people and strange starry skies. Children and adults alike called him …

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Go Home Bay

by Susan Vande Griek
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 6 to 9
  • Grade: 1 to 4
tagged: canada, art & architecture, post-confederation (1867-)

In 1914, Tom Thomson spent the summer at a family cottage on Lake Huron’s Georgian Bay, where he taught the ten-year-old daughter, Helen, how to paint. Author Susan Vande Griek and illustrator Pascal Milelli have imagined this time through Helen’s eyes, providing an intriguing glimpse into the famous painter’s life.

Helen and her father greet …

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Grant and Tillie Go Walking

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Sydney Smith
edition: Hardcover
also available: eBook
  • age: 4 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: united states, cows, art & architecture

Grant Wood believed that to be a real artist, he had to live in Paris. But once he got there, he realized that to be a great painter he needed to return to the people and places—and even animals—that he knew and loved the best.

Inspired by the life of artist Grant Wood, this is the sensitively imagined story of the great American painter and a c …

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A Brush Full of Colour

The World of Ted Harrison

by Margriet Ruurs & Katherine Gibson
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 6 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: art, post-confederation (1867-), painting

The true story of how a boy's passion for learning saved him from a life in England's coal mines and led him to a career as an internationally acclaimed artist and illustrator, famed for his images of Canada's north. Includes full-colour reproductions of Ted Harrison's art and a preface by the artist himself.

Ted Harrison’s brightly coloured and w …

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When Emily Carr Met Woo

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Dean Griffiths
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: k to 4
tagged: art, apes, monkeys, etc., painting

Emily Carr is one strange bird. She makes paintings nobody wants, keeps a houseful of animals, and often disappears into the woods in a tiny house on wheels. But even those used to Emily's eccentricities are surprised when she comes home from a trip to buy birdseed with a small, lonely monkey. In Emily's rambunctious household, Woo the monkey is no …

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Lumpito and the Painter from Spain

by Monica Kulling, illustrated by Dean Griffiths
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 10
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: dogs, art & architecture, pets

Lump the dachshund is content living with David in Italy. But he is not happy living with Big Dog, who hounds him day and night. Lump needs a holiday. So when David announces that he's off to the south of France to photograph a famous painter, Lump positively scrambles at the chance to ride along. At the villa, Pablo Picasso greets them and is ench …

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Capturing Joy

The Story of Maud Lewis

by Jo Ellen Bogart, illustrated by Mark Lang
edition: Paperback
also available: Hardcover
  • age: 8 to 12
  • Grade: 3 to 7
tagged: art, painting, women

Maud Lewis was born into a loving Nova Scotia family who accepted her physical limitations. When her parents died and she was forced to find her own way in the world, she married and set up a modest household in a small cabin. Despite the hardships she faced, she was able to find joy in her life, a joy that she expressed through her art. She painte …

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The Master's Apprentice

illustrated by Rick Jacobson & Laura Fernandez
edition: Hardcover
  • age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: k to 3
tagged: painting, history, art

When Marco is sent into apprenticeship with the young master, Michelangelo Buonarroti, much rides on his success. His father has worked very hard as a chemist so that Marco can have a better life, and the boy simply cannot let his family down. Armed with good advice, but more importantly, secret color formulas that his father has taught him, the bo …