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All About Art: 20 Picture Books That Celebrate Painting, Drawing and the People Who Do It Best

We all know that you can't have a picture book without art --- it's built into the very name of this beloved literary form. But sometimes, this focus on visuals goes a step further: not only does the picture book's form celebrate craftsmanship, but its content does, too.

Kidsreads decided to honor these "meta" volumes by gathering 20 of the best picture books featuring art and artists that have been published in the past couple of years. Some are fictional, following characters who feel most at home with a pencil in hand (Raúl Colón's DRAW!) or unusually perceptive crayons (THE DAY THE CRAYONS CAME HOME by Drew Daywalt with illustrations by Oliver Jeffers). Others focus on influential artists throughout history, including Wassily Kandinsky (THE NOISY PAINT BOX: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock), Jacob Lawrence (JAKE MAKES A WORLD: Jacob Lawrence, Young Artist in Harlem by Sharifa Rhodes-Pitts with illustrations by Christopher Myers) or Frida Kahlo (VIVA FRIDA by Yuji Morales with photographs by Tim O'Meara).

Whether you're most interested in bright splashes of paint, supplies with their own personalities, puppets, recycled art, the people behind legendary works or the muses who inspired them,  you're sure to find something to love in our visual feast of a bookshelf!

Picture Books About Art

 

 
Picture Books About Artists