Check your local library for books full of artworks, art history, craft projects, how-to techniques, and inspiration. In the Dewey Decimal System, books about all types of arts and creative activities are in the 700s. Look for call numbers 741 (drawing), 745 and 746 (crafts), and 751 (painting). Your library may have books appropriate for children's and family art activities in either the children's or the adult section. Ask your librarian! Here are some suggestions:
- Ten Inspiring Children's Books for Budding Little Artists
Learning about art is one of life’s greatest pleasures. And thanks to a number of brilliant authors and illustrators, many fantastic children’s books have emerged recently, with a goal to educate and inspire little artists-to-be.
- Thirteen Children’s Books About Famous Artists
Children will learn about some of the most well-recognized, famous artists with these 13 books.
- Picture Books about Art for Preschool
Book recommendations for the preschool classroom; also gret for home!
- Best Kids Picture books to Inspire Childrens Art
Some books are simply enjoyed while others just shout out for us to create. For us to imitate the artist; to try a similar technique or medium.
- Seven Great Children’s Books About Art That Just May Inspire the Next Generation of Wee Warhols
It’s easy for kids to give up on their own artistic abilities with age. Showing them models of other artists’ who have cultivated a lifelong relationship with creativity might inspire them to do the same, and to see art making as an exciting and essential aspect of life.
- Art Books with Craft Ideas for Kids
These art picture books inspire craft projects for fun and learning.
- Children's Books and Activities: Art and Artists
Books, activities, and websites to explore art and learn about famous artists.
- Art, Crafts and Artists through Books for Kids and Teens
Ideas for classroom activites (most can be done at home as well) and book reviews covering picture books, nonfiction, and novels from preschool through 9th grade.
These books provide art activities, ideas for family art time, and tips for thinking about art for children as a learning experience. You’ll be sure to find plenty of art your child can do with materials you may have around the house already.