International Children’s Book Day

International Children’s Book Day is celebrated annually on April 2. Although I no longer teach lower grades, I used to LOVE incorporating literature with my art lesson plans! I have two lists below, one of art-specific children’s books, and ones that I have used to accompany lesson plans. Keep posted to see what elementary lesson plans I have used them with as I update my lesson plan section over the next upcoming months!

Art Children’s (school-aged) Books:

  • The Color Monster: A Story About Emotions by Anna Llenas
  • Mixed: A Colorful Story by Arree Chung
  • The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock
  • Through the Window: Views of Marc Chagall’s Life and Art by Barb Rosenstock
  • Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky by Barb Rosenstock
  • Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
  • Linnea in Monet’s Garden by Christina Bjork
  • I am Marc Chagall: Text Loosely Inspired by My Life by Marc Chagall by Bimba Landmann
  • Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression by Carole Boston Weatherford
  • Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
  • Kid’s Artists: True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends by David Stabler
  • Love from the Crayons by Drew Dewalt
  • The Crayon’s Book of Colors by Drew Dewalt
  • The Day the Crayons Came Home by Drew Dewalt
  • The Day the Crayons Quit by Drew Dewalt
  • Mouse Paint by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Mouse Shapes by Ellen Stoll Walsh
  • Cassie’s Word Quilt by Faith Ringgold
  • Counting to Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • Tar Beach by Faith Ringgold
  • The Green Fingers of Monsieur Monet by Giancarlo Ascari
  • Chagall: My Sad and Joyous Village by Jacqueline Loumaye
  • Katie and the Mona Lisa by James Mayhew
  • Action Jackson by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan
  • Henri’s Scissors by Jeanette Winter
  • My Museum by Joanne Liu
  • Monet and The Waterlilly Friends by Judiee
  • Bear Sees Colors by Karma Wilson
  • Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing by Kay A. Haring
  • Camille and the Sunflowers by Laurence Anholt
  • Tell Us a Story, Papa Chagall by Laurence Anholt
  • A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni
  • Eating the Alphabet: Fruits and Vegetables from A to Z by Lois Ehlert
  • Dreamer from the Village: The Story of Marc Chagall by Michelle Markel
  • Frida Kahlo and Her Anamalitos by Monica Brown
  • How the Crayons Saved the Rainbow by Monica Sweeney
  • Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds
  • El Punto (Spanish Edition) by Esther Rubio and Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Museum by Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds
  • Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity by Sarah Suzuki
  • Artists and their Pets: True Stories of Famous Artists and their Animal Friends by Susie Hodge
  • The Art Lesson by Tomie DePaola

Books that go great with art lessons:

  • Chickadee’s Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
  • Any Eric Carle Book
  • Pete the Cat books by James Dean and Kimberly Dean
  • Cloudy With A Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
  • If You Give a Cat a Cupcake by Laura Numeroff
  • Planting A Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • Wow! City! by Robert Neubecker
  • Parrots Over Puerto Rico by Susan L. Roth and Cindy Trumbore

Art Baby Books:

  • Goodnight, Starry Night by Amy Guglielmo
  • My First Book of Patterns by Bobby & June George
  • Art Baby: Hearts and Stars by Chez Picthall
  • Art Baby: Spots and Dots by Chez Picthall
  • The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle
  • Blue and Other Colors: With Henri Matisse by Henri Matisse
  • Press Here by Herve Tullet
  • This Little Artist: An Art History Primer by Joan Holub
  • Mini French Masters by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober
  • Mini Masters Boxed Set by Julie Merberg
  • Painting with Picasso by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober
  • 100 First Words for Little Artists by Kyle Kershner
  • Frida Kahlo (Little People, Big Dreams) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vergara
  • Museum ABC by The NY Metropolitan Museum of Art
  • Andy Warhol So Many Stars by Mudpuppy and Andy Warhol
  • Keith Haring Pop Art 123! by Mudpuppy and Keith Haring
  • Little Artist Board Book Set by Mudpuppy and Emily Kleinman
  • My First Shapes with Frank Lloyd Wright by Mudpuppy
  • Pop Art Baby! My First Words with Keith Haring from Mudpuppy
  • Pantone: Colors by Pantone and Helen Dark
  • Counting with Frida by Patty Rodriguez and Ariana Stein
  • My First Art Book by Patricio
  • ABC’s of Art by Sabrina Hahn
  • Art For Baby from Templar

Do you have any books that you use that aren’t on this list? I’d love to hear from you:

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