As a Mom to a toddler boy, I am always looking for kids art books that are creative, educational and beautiful on the shelf. My husband and I are both designers, so we can’t help but encourage learning art and design and we enjoy building a library for our son.
It’s great to see his interest in color, shape, and imagery grow!
I’ve compiled a list of my favorite kid’s art books: for infant, toddler, preschool-age and school-age. Themes include color, design, fine art, pattern, art techniques, and papercraft. Books are separated by age and noted if part of a series.
In addition, I’ve included my favorite publishers and art museum stores for you to find many more unique books online for your little one!
Books for Infant
Art for Baby Black and white images from leading modern artists.
Mini Masters Boxed Set(Series: Mini Masters) Introduction to art history with mini-books of artwork from Degas, Van Gogh, Matisse, and Monet.
Mix it Up (New York Times bestseller) French author Hervé Tullet explains color mixing in a fun and interactive way.
Paris: A Book of Shapes (Series: Hello, World board books) Early learning concepts paired with colorful illustrations of iconic art, architecture, food and culture of cities around the world.
Baby 101: Architecture for Babies (Series: Baby 101) Simple words and bright, engaging illustrations. An introduction to architecture including information about how buildings are made featuring famous sites.
Art Activity Pack: Picasso (Series: The Art Activity Pack) A full-color book about the artist that showcases some of his famous works and provides instructions on making collages. Also includes a packet of six different decorative papers.
Alexander Calder (Series: Meet the Artist) Pop-up activity book from Princeton Architectural Press that brings the world of fine art to children in a fun and interactive way.
13 Art Techniques Children Should Know (Series: 13) Comprehensive art education book featuring detailed explanations, full color reproductions and a timeline. Prestel publishing; there are 20 books in this series!
Art books for kids are a great addition when building your child’s library. Even newborns love art imagery! If you have a budding artist in your home, as I do, I hope you find some inspiration here. What are your favorite art and design books for kids?
See you out there, Northern Nevada Moms!
Maureen Lowe is a Bay Area native that relocated to the high desert mountains of Southwest Reno with her family in 2017. Mama to her active pup and toddler boy, Maureen is a textile designer and graduate of CCA San Francisco. With a lifelong love of nature and the arts, Maureen has made it a mission to explore Reno’s scenic trails and cultural offerings to find kid and dog-friendly outings that work in all seasons.