Art Books for Kids

Whether your kids get a kick out of looking at beautiful illustrations or love art-focused adventures and mysteries, this list has plenty of "artful" picks. From biographies of artists to kids using art to help them cope with life's challenges, these books offer a wide variety of stories. For more books for kids and teens, check out these lists: Coming-of-Age Books and Biographies

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The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse Book Poster Image
Bold, beautiful book is sure to fire up kids’ creativity.
By Eric Carle
(2011)
(2011)
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Mix It Up! Book Poster Image
Delightful book reveals the magic of mixing colors.
By Hervé Tullet
(2014)
(2014)
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Not a Box Book Poster Image
Bunny uses box to imagine adventures in mind-opening tale.
By Antoinette Portis
(2007)
(2006)
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A Is for ART Book Poster Image
Abstract art + alphabetic alliteration = amazing ABC book.
By Stephen T. Johnson
(2009)
(2009)
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Balloons over Broadway: The True Story of the Puppeteer of Macy's Parade Book Poster Image
Stunning design and story inspires passion for art-making.
By Melissa Sweet
(2013)
(2011)
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Draw! Book Poster Image
Wildly imaginative wordless book celebrates art and drawing.
By Raúl Colón
(2014)
(2014)
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Emily's Blue Period Book Poster Image
Sensitive story of using art to process difficult emotions.
By Cathleen Daly
(2015)
(2014)
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Viva Frida Book Poster Image
Exuberant portrayal of artist's passion for art.
By Yuyi Morales
(2014)
(2014)
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Antsy Ansel: Ansel Adams, a Life in Nature Book Poster Image
Artful, relatable bio offers intro to photographer's work.
By Cindy Jenson-Elliott
(2016)
(2016)
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I Gotta Draw Book Poster Image
Triumphant tale of artistic misfit and creative teacher.
By Bruce Degen
(2012)
(2012)
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Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing Book Poster Image
Joyous biography of artist celebrates creativity.
By Kay A. Haring
(2017)
(2017)
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Museum Trip Book Poster Image
Boy dives into mazes in wordless, imaginative adventure.
By Barbara Lehman
(2007)
(2006)
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Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave Book Poster Image
Amazing award-winning historical story told in free verse.
By Laban Carrick Hill
(2011)
(2010)
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Diego Book Poster Image
Bilingual text and mini-murals illustrate Rivera's story.
By Jonah Winter
(2007)
(2007)
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Linnea in Monet's Garden Book Poster Image
Wonderful intro to art and Monet through a kid's eyes.
By Christina Bjork, Lena Anderson
(2012)
(2012)
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Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Book Poster Image
Exuberant bio celebrates artist who had success when young.
By Javaka Steptoe
(2017)
(2016)
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The Wall: Growing Up Behind the Iron Curtain Book Poster Image
Award-winning memoir shows artistic kid's view of Cold War.
By Peter Sis
(2008)
(2007)
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Amelia's Easy-as-Pie Drawing Guide Book Poster Image
Amelia gives tips on how to draw doodles.
By Marissa Moss
(2003)
(2000)
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Chasing Vermeer Book Poster Image
A mystery, fantasy, and imaginative launch pad.
By Blue Balliett
(2004)
(2004)
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Framed Book Poster Image
Eccentric and enchanting kid art caper.
By Frank Cottrell Boyce
(2007)
(2006)
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Masterpiece Book Poster Image
Brilliant, suspenseful, satisfying art mystery.
By Elise Broach
(2008)
(2008)
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Okay for Now Book Poster Image
A troubled boy discovers his self-worth through art.
By Gary D. Schmidt
(2011)
(2013)
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Shadowshaper: The Shadowshaper Cypher, Book 1 Book Poster Image
Art-filled urban fantasy has outstanding Afro-Latina hero.
By Daniel Jose Older
(2016)
(2015)
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Tokyo Heist Book Poster Image
Manga, art, and life lessons in top-notch mystery adventure.
By Diana Renn
(2012)
(2012)
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Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers Book Poster Image
Riveting story of art, mental illness, brotherly devotion.
By Deborah Heiligman
(2017)
(2017)
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Piecing Me Together Book Poster Image
Powerful, insightful tale of self-awareness, power of art.
By Renee Watson
(2017)
(2017)
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Piper Perish Book Poster Image
Artistic teen's diary reveals bumpy path in relatable novel.
By Kayla Cagan
(2017)
(2017)
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