We’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and the main subject has been art. Since it’s too soon to write about my holiday projects, I thought I’d share some of the books we’ve been enjoying. (All book links go to amazon.com)

Matisse the King of Color

Matisse the King of Color: This was a spur of the moment choice from a display at the library. I didn’t expect my daughter to devour the pages with such interest. It’s the story of Matisse’s friendship with his nurse Monique, who later becomes a nun and inspires him to create the Chapelle du Rosaire. The book is illustrated in his bold, colorful style. It’s also part of a series of books about artists written by Laurence Anholt. We will definitely be checking out others in the collection.

Me, Frida

Me, Frida: My daughter first learned about Frida Kahlo from an online resource at school called PebbleGo and was excited when I brought this home. The book focuses on Kahlo’s time in San Francisco with Diego Rivera, in which she became more sure of herself, her artistic style and her talent. It doesn’t mention how her health problems influenced her art, although my daughter already knew about that from PebbleGo.

Through Georgia's Eyes

Through Georgia’s Eyes: My daughter also learned about Georgia O’Keeffe from PebbleGo. This short book fits in a lot of history, starting with O’Keeffe’s artistic aspirations as a child all the way up through her life at Ghost Ranch. I really like how this book emphasizes her determination to earn a living as a painter despite being told that only boys became artists. A girl wishing to be one was “scandalous!”

When Pigasso Met Mootisse

When Pigasso Met Mootisse: This book was a recommendation from the school librarian, who knows how much my daughter loves art. The story is loosely based on the real-life relationship between Matisse and Picasso and does a good job comparing and contrasting their styles. Plus, it will make you laugh out loud. Seriously!

Do you have any favorite art books for kids? Post your links in the comments!

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2 Responses to review: books for young artists

  1. Sarah M says:

    Love it! We have read a lot of these, too. I recommend “Louis”–darnit can’t find that link!
    and “Babar’s Museum of Art”,
    and also (a book I bought in France for my unknown kids at the time: Charlotte in Giverny (http://www.amazon.com/Charlotte-Giverny-Joan-MacPhail-Knight/dp/0811858030)—there is also a series about this, where she goes all over the world, though I don’t know if they are all art related. There are also some AWESOME little readers at B&N southpointe in the education section. They are paperback and about $5/piece. There are about 9 of them, including up to Warhol (I thought about getting a few for next year)….
    I could go on and on about this!!