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Age Level: 3-6 years old

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1 2 3: I Can Make Prints!

By: Irene Luxbacher

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Clearly organized instructions provide not only the know-how but ideas on how to make prints from...

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1-2-3 I Can Collage!

By: Irene Luxbacher

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A brief explanation of what collage is and a list of readily available materials begins a can-do...

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A World of Colors: Seeing Colors in a New Way

By: Marie Houblon

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Crisp, color photographs of people and places from around the world are used to introduce and...

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Animals: A First Art Book

By: Lucy Micklethwait

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Young children will delight in seeing familiar animals in their natural habitats, portrayed in the...

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Art

By: Patrick McDonnell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

A young artist named Art lives up to his name and takes the reader on a vibrant journey where...

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Begin at the Beginning: A Little Artist Learns About Life

By: Amy Schwartz

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Sara has initial hesitations when she is asked to create a painting for the class art show. But...

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Colorful Dreamer: The Story of Artist Henri Matisse

By: Marjorie Blain Parker

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Long ago, a bespectacled boy dreamed of color in his drab industrial French town. Henri's world...

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Cooking Art: Easy Edible Art for Young Children

By: Mary Ann Kohl, Jean Potter

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Art is meant to be enjoyed, and sometimes even eaten! Create, then consume, the attractive,...

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Home

By: Carson Ellis

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Travel through time, imagination, literature, and more for a unique look at "home" in any number...

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Magritte's Marvelous Hat

By: D.B. Johnson

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Meet Magritte who "One bright day in the dark of the night," saw a "marvelous hat" that became his...

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Maybe Something Beautiful

By: F. Isabel Campoy, Theresa Howell

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Mira brings color and builds community through her beautiful art which she first gives to...

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Mix It Up!

By: Herve Tullet

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Are you ready to shake and mix to make new colors? “Tap the gray spot…to see what happens.”...

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Monsters Love Colors

By: Mike Austin

Age Level: 3-6 years old

Benign-looking, cheerful creatures love playing with color as they lend red, blue and yellow to...

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The Dot

By: Peter Reynolds

Age Level: 3-6 years old

This clever tale follows two child artists, Vashti and Ramon, through the creative process. Though...

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Age Level: 6-9 years old

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A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin

By: Jen Bryant

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Horace Pippin was born in Pennsylvania in the late 19th century to become a talented — and...

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Action Jackson

By: Jan Greenberg, Sandra Jordan

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Illustrations and text bring to life the work and impact of Jackson Pollack in this riveting...

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Adventures in Cartooning: How to Turn Your Doodles into Comics

By: James Storm

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A comic book story is used to introduce the basics of comic book making and cartooning. Here, a...

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Art from Her Heart

By: Kathy Whitehead, Shane Evans

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Self-taught artist Clementine Hunter used paint and canvas to record life in the rural south....

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Building on Nature: The Life of Antoni Gaudí

By: Rachel Rodriguez

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Short sentences tell of the architect's boyhood in Catalonia, his love of nature, and his early...

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Creative Crafts for Kids

By: Gill Dickinson

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Crisp color photographs with numbered instructions and recommended ages make this extensive...

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Dreamer from the Village: The Story of Marc Chagall

By: Michelle Markel

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Artist Marc Chagall’s early life is represented through engaging narrative and illustrations that...

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Easy-to-Make Pop-Ups

By: Joan Irvine

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Make a special card or gift that really stands out — or pops up, literally! Easy to follow...

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Edward Hopper Paints His World

By: Robert Burleigh

Age Level: 6-9 years old

In an afterword, the author asks if an artist can be a hero or an explorer. The answer is sure...

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Faith Ringgold

By: Mike Venezia

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A biography of the artist Faith Ringgold (Tar Beach) for young readers. Cartoon-style...

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Hand Art

By: Rachel Tandy

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Create bugs, birds, and more, starting with a pattern of your hand. Easy directions provide...

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Harlem

By: Walter Dean Myers

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Experienced readers will enjoy this stunning and sophisticated visit to Harlem in word and image...

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In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage

By: Alan Schroeder

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Augusta Savage was a born artist, making clay figures even as a child. She pursued her passion,...

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It Jes' Happened: When Bill Traylor Started to Draw

By: Don Tate

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A former slave and sharecropper Bill Traylor moved to the city after his wife's death. Though he...

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Jacob Lawrence

By: Mike Venezia

Age Level: 6-9 years old

A brief, conversational biography of the contemporary African-American artist Lawrence (The...

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Let's Make It Pop-Up

By: David Carter, James Diaz

Age Level: 6-9 years old

All of the supplies are provided, along with explicit directions to make a variety of pop-ups...

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Look! Body Language in Art

By: Gillian Wolfe

Age Level: 6-9 years old

How does classical art relate to contemporary children? By recognizing that there are universal...

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Museum Trip

By: Barbara Lehman

Age Level: 6-9 years old

When a boy in a red sweatshirt lags behind his classmates on a field trip to an art museum, he...

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Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

By: Gene Baretta

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Even though Leonardo da Vinci lived a long time ago (born in 15th century Florence), his ideas...

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Piñata Maker/el piñatero

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Fiestas often involve puppets, masks, and piñatas. Meet Tio Rico, the elderly piñata maker in a...

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Ralph Masiello's Ancient Egypt Drawing Book

By: Ralph Masiello

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Information about the symbols, emblems, and gods from Ancient Egypt is included with step-by-step...

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The First Drawing

By: Mordicai Gerstein

Age Level: 6-9 years old

An illustration of a contemporary boy with pencil in hand stands in front of a blank piece of...

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The Ink Garden of Brother Theophane

By: C.M. Millen

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Brother Theophane is unlike the other monks in the mountains of Mourne (Ireland). While most...

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The Jumbo Book of Outdoor Art

By: Irene Luxbacher

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Full-color illustrations combine with clear instructions organized into four sections drawn from...

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The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art

By: Barb Rosenstock

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Vasya Kandinsky's creative life was profoundly shaped by his ability to experience colors as sounds...

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The Sound of Colors

By: Jimmy Liao

Age Level: 6-9 years old

As a girl's sight is slipping away, she realizes that color and images continue to live in her...

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Viva Frida

By: Yuyi Morales

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Examine Frida Kahlo’s artistic process and her life filled with laughter, love, and tragedy....

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Wanda Gag, the Girl Who Lived to Draw

By: Deborah Ray

Age Level: 6-9 years old

The author/illustrator of much-loved picture books is introduced here from her Minnesota...

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What Can You Do With a Paper Bag?

By: Metropolitan Museum of Art

Age Level: 6-9 years old

With a paper bag and a few other supplies, kids can make history come to life, travel to far-off...

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Yellowstone Moran: Painting the American West

By: Lita Judge

Age Level: 6-9 years old

Tom Moran dreamed of seeing the western United States, painting places that were unknown to most...

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Age Level: 9-12 years old

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Firebird

By: Misty Copeland

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Misty Copeland, the African American Ballet Theater soloist, has an encouraging conversation...

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Meet Matisse

By: Jean-Vincent Senac

Age Level: 9-12 years old

An unnamed narrator dreams he has visited the studio of artist Henri Matisse where he meets the...

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Murals: Walls That Sing

By: George Ancona

Age Level: 9-12 years old

Ancona takes a look at Latino and Hispanic murals within the United States in this fascinating...

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Stone Giant: Michelangelo’s David and How He Came to Be

By: Jane Sutcliffe

Age Level: 9-12 years old

In Renaissance Florence, Michelangelo transforms a block of marble that no one knew what to do with...

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You Call That Art?!

By: David Carter

Age Level: 9-12 years old

In an attractive, sturdy package, readers are invited to learn about the history of sculpture...

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More great literacy resources for parents from Reading Rockets

Read Aloud Tips

Read Aloud Tips

Read aloud every day with your child and talk about what you're reading. These two simple activities help build your child's vocabulary and comprehension skills.

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