A Book List for Budding Artists

For Chris, Andrew, April, Jenna, Carly, Raquel, and all teachers who inspire creativity among young people.  

Here is a list of a dozen picture books that celebrate visual arts, creativity, and making something from nothing.  These books are not about famous artists like Pablo Picasso, Georgia O’Keefe, or Jackson Pollack. Rather, this list is based on characters who celebrate art and originality as in The Art Lesson by Tommy dePaola, create rocket ships and skyscrapers from empty boxes in Antoinette Portis’ Not A Box, and that anyone — even a squirrel living in Central Park — can be an artist as described in John Lithgow’s Macawber.  Read, share, and enjoy!

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5 thoughts on “A Book List for Budding Artists

  1. Matt Gajdoš says:

    Hi! I’m an elementary substitute teacher and I have read many of these books to my students! I do a comic about funny things kids say that marries my love of art with kids, you might enjoy it – http://www.mistergkids.com

  2. Chris Ostrowski says:

    Woohoo!!! I loves me a fine picture book list. Thanks Doc! Looking forward to getting to B and N this week and add to the collection. Have you read The Red Book? It’s a wordless picture book.

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