The Best Art Books for Kids

I am Blop! by Hervé Tullet
With wit and whimsy, the artist-author explores the world through with a single, simple shape (a “blop”) that’s easy for a kid to recognize. Watch the book’s video trailer.

When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden

Two divergent artists are illustrated for children as different animals who learn to get along when a fence meant to divide them becomes a fruitful art collaboration.

Andy Warhol’s Colors by Susan Goldman Rubin

This introduction to the colorful pop artist is perfect for toddlers. Plus, it’s made with thick cardboard pages that are difficult to destroy.

Blue 2: A Pop-Up Book for Children of All Ages by David A. Carter

This pop-up book is intricate and challenging for kids. Each page serves as a sculptural work of paper art with a clue for finding the hidden form.

Draw Me a House by Thibaud Herem

This architectural coloring book is coveted by grown-ups and children alike. Print out sample pages of this art book for kids here.

The Best Art Books for Kids

Confession: We’re totally crazy about books. (As shown by our recent Black History Month best books for kids picks.)

And what’s even better than books? Books about art for children.

To satisfy our craving for both art and books, we’re heading to the Museum of Modern Art Design Store in New York on Saturday for an event in its popular Children’s Author Series. These family-friendly presentations by authors have exposed us to a range of new art-oriented books. Our latest obsession: New York Phew York by Amber C. Jones, a fine artist-turned-New York-hotel concierge-turned-children’s author. This scratch-and-sniff adventure is told through the eyes of a child discovering NYC through its odors. As they explore 19 different New York neighborhoods, kids scratch and sniff the smell of fresh bagels and pizza, as well as garbage and sewer steam.