FAVORITE ART BOOKS

Nourish a love of art with these beautiful books about favorite artists. Explore more on engaging museum websites and of course NYC museums (whose gift shops are also great resources for stocking your library and play room).

Also see our favorite math picture books, works of art themselves.

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau

A gorgeous, inspiring picture books about self-taught French artist. Starting at 40 with no formal training, he painted until the jungles and animals and distant lands in his head came alive on the space of his canvases. Michelle Markel’s vivid text, complemented by the vibrant illustrations of Amanda Hall, introduces the eccentric painter who endured…

You Can’t Take a Balloon into the Metropolitan Museum

Prepare for  visit to the Met (or reminisce after) by readingthis delightful, wordless book  which pairs the adventures of a balloon flying around NYC with artwork from the Met.  A little girl leaves her prized yellow balloon tied to a railing outside the Met, but the string becomes untied, and the balloon embarks on an…

When Pigasso Met Mootisse

Animal versions of two famous artists become fierce rivals, calling each other names and building a fence between their (lavishly painted) houses until they creatively solve their conflict. My kids became familiar with Picasso and Matisse’s unique styles through Nina Laden’s wacky illustrations and love recognizing their works at local museums.

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

In this exuberant celebration of creativity, Barb Rosenstock and Mary GrandPré tell the fascinating story of Vasily Kandinsky, one of the very first painters of abstract art. Throughout his life, Kandinsky experienced colors as sounds, and sounds as colors—and bold, groundbreaking works burst forth from his noisy paint box.

Art & Max

Two lizards go on a whirlwind trip through various artistic media in a playful, gorgeously illustrated book by three-time Caldecott medalist David Wiesner.

Old Masters Rock: How to Look at Art with Children

Parents and children can look at art together, ask questions and make discoveries. Features such as “Art Detectives” encourage readers to solve clues and “Fun Facts” help them remember the pictures. With reproductions of more than 50 paintings from the 14th century through to the early 20th century Ggouped into 13 themes, such as Animals,…