Part One (of many): Art Books That Rock!

I'll admit, I'm a little bit obsessed with books... 

...and art books are my favorites! Whether I'm looking for myself or for the kids, there's a soft spot in my heart for all things art and books.

When choosing books for the kids, I look for a few key factors:

1. Great illustrations. This is subjective, I realize. But you have to like the visual style.

2. Not too long (my kids won't sit for a super long book).

3. A fun story. 

4. Historical accuracy, and some kind of educational information (even just a little).

5. It portray the artist as just a regular person, who happened to make art.

 

Number 5 is key.

 

I LOVE books that introduce the artist as they lived, what they loved, funny personality traits, anecdotes from their childhood... anything that gets children to relate to the artist as a person (and not some abstract historical figure).

Then the dialogue begins. I don't need my kids to know everything the artist ever did, and it's importance in the world of art history. I want them to become curious, ask questions, remember one small detail about the artist. That's enough for now. We're building a foundation here, and the right books can draw children into the world of art history without them even knowing they are "learning."

So here are a few of my favs, I'll be adding a LOT more posts like this one in the coming weeks and months, so stay tuned...

 

Uncle Andy's Cats (about Andy Warhol)

Action Jackson (about Jackson Pollock)

Suzette & the Puppy (about Mary Cassatt)