Picture Books for Art Teachers & Young Artists

815zzVH2rfLAll kids–big and small–love to hear a story read aloud, and picture books can be used in so many ways in the classroom. Our amazing art teacher uses picture books all the time. Here are a few titles I recommended for her this year:

  • What Can You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (illustrator)
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Daywalt
  • Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson & Rosemarie Brennan, Cyd Moore (illustrator)

I asked for the titles of some of her favorite classics. She recommended:

  • Origami Yoda series by Tom Angleberger — for making Star Wars origami
  • Circle Dogs by Kevin Henkes — she likes the shapes of the characters
  • Abstract Alphabet – this book is full of shapes that spell out words (you have to look at the key to see which letter each shape represents in order to read the words). She has her students create their own words using shapes.
I recently ordered the following titles for our library and can’t wait to get my hands on them. I know our art teacher will love them, too:
  • Art2-D2’s Guide to Folding and Doodling by Tom Angleberger
  • Draw! by Raul Cocoon
  • How to Draw a Dragon by Douglas Florian
  • Louise Loves Art by Kelly Light
  • The Imaginary by A F Harrold, Emily Gravett (illustrator)
  • The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires
  • Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall
  • Edward Hopper Paints His World by Robert Burleigh, Wendell Minor (illustrator)
  • Viva Frida by Yuyi Morales, Tim O’Meara (photography)

If you have any suggestions for other books to inspire young artists, please send them my way!


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