Children's Books for Budding Artists

By Don't Take Pictures

By Don't Take Pictures

Dorothea Lange: The Photographer Who Found the Faces of the Depression

Carole Boston Weatherford and Sarah Green

$16.99 $15.63

This book is about the life of acclaimed documentary photographer Dorothea Lange. It begins with her days as a rebellious student in New York and then as a budding photojournalist in San Francisco. The story follows her journey of documenting Americans during the Great Depression and World War II.

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

Monica Brown and John Parra

$17.95 $16.51

Inspired by the life of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, this book is about her childhood spent with her animal friends including monkeys, birds, dogs, and a black cat, and how they influenced her art and life.

My Museum

Joanne Liu

$14.95 $13.75

A little boy visits an art gallery. He struggles to see the artworks through the tall crowds but discovers that art is everywhere—from the tattoos on other visitors, to the patterns of light on the floor. The book shows museums as wondrous places for children. Works by Piet Mondrain, Alexander Calder, and Henri Matisse are subtly illustrated throughout the text-free book.

Henri's Scissors

Jeanette Winter

$18.99 $17.47

Master of the cutout, this is the story of Henri Matisse’s life from childhood, to his illness, and his path to creating his colorful paper cutouts. The book includes quotes by the artist and insights into his creative life.

Klimt and His Cat

Berenice Capatti and Octavia Monaco

$20.00

Told from the viewpoint of Gustav Klimt’s beloved cat, Katze, the feline takes readers on a journey through Klimt’s studio, tags along on vacations, and distracts his models, while providing insights on the artist’s thoughts and creative process.

Gordon Parks: How the Photographer Captured Black and White America

Carole Boston Weatherford and Jamey Christoph

$16.99 $15.63

Gordon Parks’ biography is told through lyrical verse and atmospheric artwork. An African American photographer, Parks overcame racism and adversity to make a career as a fashion photographer, Hollywood director, and one of the most important photographers in the Civil Rights era. This is a great story about the power of photography for social change.

My Name Is Georgia

Jeanette Winter

$7.99 $7.35

Famed painter Georgia O’Keeffe’s fascinating life is wonderfully illustrated in this book. The story follows her childhood spent drawing, to her adult years in New York City, and painting in New Mexico. This is a great book about girls who grow up to follow their dreams.

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing

Kay Haring and Robert Neubecker

$17.99 $16.55

Written by the artist’s sister, this book explores the life and art of pop artist Keith Haring. The story revolves around the artist’s commitment to drawing on unconventional surfaces like sidewalks, walls, and paper hung from lampposts for follow his passion of sharing art with others.

Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!

Sarah Suzuki, Yayoi Kusama, et al.

$19.95 $18.35

Written by MoMA curator Sarah Suzuki, this book introduces children to the colorful, polka-dotted world of Yayoi Kusama. The book tells the story of the artist’s journey to cover everything in polka dots including her paintings, sculptures, plants, the sky, and beyond while featuring her iconic artworks.

The Bluest of Blues: Anna Atkins and the First Book of Photographs

Fiona Robinson

$17.99 $16.55

Photographer and botanist Anna Atkins was the first person to publish a photography book. She recorded the plant life all around her in detailed illustrations and engravings until the invention of cyanotype photography in 1842. This book inspires young readers to learn about women in science and art and to use creativity in their lives.

Snowflake Bentley

Jacqueline Briggs Martin and Mary Azarian

$7.99 $7.35

Wilson Bentley was the first person to photograph a snowflake. Growing up in Vermont, fascinated by snowflakes, Bentley followed his determination to use his camera to capture their wonder. When he did successfully photograph them in the 1800s, he learned that no two snowflakes are alike and each one is beautiful. Illustrated in woodcuts, this is a great story about perseverance in science and art. Winner of the 1999 Caldecott Medal.