When we studied Picasso for the first time, we borrowed every book the library had in the Children's section (and a few from the adult section as well!). These were the two that we loved enough to buy.
A Day with Picasso
This book is a great introduction to Picasso. It gives the reader a little glimpse into a typical day for him. It introduces his children, his wife, Picasso's artistic moods, and shows a variety of his paintings and sculptures, giving just enough information about each to keep children interested. The subjects of cubism, figure drawing, landscapes, symbolism, and using found objects in art are all touched upon.
The Boy Who Bit Picasso
This is the true story of a boy who was friends with Picasso. His fond (and funny) recollections of the time he spent with the famous artist are told in a way that's very engaging and relatable to young children. Many of his family photos with Picasso are included, as well as photos of several of Picasso's paintings, and even a map to include a little geographical background to the stories he tells.
Looking for more Picasso fun?
Play Pin the Nose on the Picasso! It's an art project and a fun game all in one, and it's great for big or little kids. Everyone loves to see where the nose will end up.
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This last book I'm throwing in just for fun. While you won't learn a lot about his art, it is a really fun story, and an especially good choice for very young children just getting to know the artist.
What do you think?
Once you've read them both, I'd love to hear your thoughts. Let me know if you have a different Picasso book that's a favorite in your house. I'm always on the lookout for new things to read.