Children's Books

Creaturepedia Activity Book: with 30 drawing activities, 50 stickers and a fold-out scene to color in!

  • by Adrienne Barman (Illustrator)
  • Age Range: 5 – 8 years
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten – 3
  • Paperback: 40 pages
  • Publisher: Wide Eyed Editions; Act Clr Cs edition (June 7, 2016)

Following the success of Creaturepedia, Adrienne Barman returns with this companion color and activity book, bursting with rainy-day activities. Informative and fun, this book is filled with facts, creatures to color in, 50 stickers and a double gatefold poster at the rear.

Price - $9.99

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Make art with your hands and feet: Draw around your hands and feet to create pictures

  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – Kindergarten
  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Thames & Hudson; 1 edition (September 16, 2014)

A fantastically fun activity book that allows children to create colorful drawings with their hands and feet

Make art with your hands and feet! reinterprets the classic body-based drawing project for young children. Children can trace around their hands, fingers, and thumbs to complete 32 different pictures on the page, as well as making hand- and finger-prints with paint. Draw around your hands to make a reindeer’s antlers; trace your fingers to make space rockets shooting through the sky; and use your thumbs create a picture of fish swimming in an aquarium. You can even use your feet to create waddling penguins and wobbly ghosts.

The pages are one-sided and can be torn from the book to make for easy hanging and sharing. Icons on each page show children whether they’ll trace or print with their hands, fingers, thumbs, toes, or feet. With plenty of opportunities to experiment and personalize, the unique pictures will reflect each child’s own creative energy. Illustrated in color throughout

Price - $17.95

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The Interactive Art Book

  • Age Range: 6 and up
  • Grade Level: Kindergarten and up
  • Hardcover: 14 pages
  • Publisher: Insight Editions; Act Csm Lt edition (March 12, 2013)

Learn about fundamental concepts such as light and color, pattern and composition, narrative, style, and movement, and much more. Inventive paper engineering brings the subjects to life with pop-ups and lift-the-flaps. From the Dutch masters to the impressionists up through Picasso, this fun and informative activity book will inspire all ages. This book presents art in a way that is understandable, entertaining, and exciting for older children and art lovers. • 60 art masterpieces—25 of them with lift-the-flaps—and all of them illustrating something about the process of making and appreciating art. • 12 three-dimensional models showing perspective, color-mixing, the illusion of movement, abstract composition and more. • 18-page removable Activity Book with instructions for composing pictures and making prints, collages, scratch pictures, potato prints, sculptures, and more.

Price - $27.99

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Art Workshops for Children

  • Age Range: 1 – 10 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 5
  • Hardcover: 72 pages
  • Publisher: Phaidon Press (September 21, 2015)

A guide to twelve children’s art workshops by one of the world’s most innovative facilitators and best–selling bookmakers.

Art Workshops for Children is a guide for parents and teachers to organize and execute artistic workshops for children. 12 workshops are featured, each offering a list of materials needed, a step–by–step guide to facilitation, practical tips, illustrated examples, and photos of workshops in progress.

The workshops are designed to spark children’s imaginations, champion group bonding, and give visually pleasing results – with no artistic ability required.

Tried and tested around the world by children of all ages. Perfect for organizing group events at home, in schools, at parties, at museums – anywhere!

Price - $19.95

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3D Art Lab for Kids: 32 Hands-on Adventures in Sculpture and Mixed Media – Including fun projects using clay, plaster, cardboard, paper, fiber beads and more!

  • Age Range: 9 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 4 – 7
  • Flexibound: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (October 15, 2013)
An inspiring collection of ideas and projects for encouraging an artistic spirit in children! 3D Art Lab for Kids includes 36 kid-friendly fine art projects in paper, clay, textiles, sculpture, and jewelry. Each project is inspired by the work of a prominent artist and is illustrated with step-by-step full-color photographs of the process as well as finished samples and variations.
Whether you use these projects independently or as a curriculum for hands-on 3D art experiences, you’ll find that the lessons in this book are open-ended so they can be explored over and over–with different results each time! Colorful photos illustrate how different people using the same lesson will yield different results, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist’s personal style. 3D Art Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers. Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises.

Price - $24.99

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Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages

  • by Susan Schwake(Author)
  • Paperback: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books; 1/31/12 edition (February 1, 2012)
  • Age Range: 8 – 12 years
  • Grade Level: 3 – 7

A refreshing source of ideas for creating fine art with children, Art Lab for Kids encourages the artist’s own voice, marks, and style. This fun and creative book features 52 fine art projects set into weekly lessons, beginning with drawing, moving through painting and printmaking, and then building to paper collage and mixed media. Each lesson features and relates to the work and style of a contemporary artist. Lisa Congdon, Megan Bogonovich, and Amy Rice are just a few of the artists included. The labs can be used as singular projects or to build up to a year of hand-on fine art experiences. The lessons in this book are open-ended to be explored over and over–with different results each time! Colorful photos illustrate how different people using the same lesson will yield different results, exemplifying the way the lesson brings out each artist’s personal style. Art Lab for Kids is the perfect book for creative families, friends, and community groups and works as lesson plans for both experienced and new art teachers. Children of all ages and experience levels can be guided by adults and will enjoy these engaging exercises.

Price - $22.99

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500 Kids Art Ideas

  • by Gavin Andrews (Author)
  • Paperback: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Quarry Books (June 15, 2015)

Keeping a child engaged and happy can be a tall order, but with 500 Kids Art Ideas, you’ll never run out of inspiration! This fun, visual reference features a thousand arts and crafts projects for adults and children to do together. With an emphasis on recycled materials and nature, a wide range of art is covered. From making dolls and edible treats to sculpting and printmaking, everything is simple enough to recreate, but also up to interpretation. Add your own creative twist to make them your own and ask your child to do the same! Not only will you be engaging your children and activating their imagination, but also teaching them critical skills. 500 Kids Art Ideas also features purposely open-ended art meant to bring families closer together. You’ll be able to connect with your child on a deeper level in no time, letting them know that you can be fun, too!

Price - $24.99

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Art: A World of Words: First Paintings–First Words in 12 Languages

By Doris Kutschbach

Published by Prestel, May 8, 2014

Hardcover: 160

This beautiful introduction to art and language features some of the world’s most beloved masterpieces as it entices children to discover art, language, objects, and colors. First pictures, first words–this familiar and time-proven book concept for young children is incorporated brilliantly in this multi-lingual art book. The works of Renoir, Kandinsky, Dürer, Rousseau, Franz Marc, and others are featured in beautiful full-page reproductions. Opposite each image is a word that helps describe the painting–for instance “play,” “bunny,” “horse,” “train.” The words are presented in twelve different languages, each with their phonetic pronunciation. Organized thematically, the book touches on a child’s everyday experience through simple and comforting images that will invite further investigation: What are the men playing with? What does the bunny’s fur feel like? How many teddy bears do you see? Together adults and children can explore great works, planting the seeds for an appreciation of the world’s masterpieces and the words to describe them.

Price - $19.95

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The Iridescence of Birds: A Book About Henri Matisse

By Patricia MacLachlan

Illustrated by Hadley Hooper

Published by Roaring Brook Press, October 14, 2014

Hardcover: 40 pages

Age range: 4 – 8 years

If you were a boy named Henri Matisse who lived in a dreary town in northern France, what would your life be like? Would it be full of color and art? Full of lines and dancing figures?

Find out in this beautiful, unusual picture book about one of the world’s most famous and influential artists by acclaimed author and Newbery Medal-winning Patricia MacLachlan and innovative illustrator Hadley Hooper.

 

Price - $17.99

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Mousterpiece

By Jane Breskin Zalben

Published by Roaring Brook Press, August 21, 2012

Hardcover: 36 pages

Circles and squares! Squiggles and wiggles and stripes! When Jansen the mouse discovers the art of such greats as Picasso, Matisse, and Warhol, the bright, bold colors and shapes capture her imagination and spark her creativity. Join Jansen on a colorful tour of contemporary art in this new work from an acclaimed author and illustrator.
Mousterpiece is a Kirkus Reviews Best Children’s Book of 2012
  • Age Range: 3 – 7 years
  • Grade Level: Preschool – 2

Price - $16.99

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