Color Me Silly!: Kids Books about Art

With all the kids books out there filled with amazing illustrations, it only seems fitting that some of the topics be specifically about art and art creation. All young people draw in some shape or form. The freedom to draw or create is something everyone should continually experience. Creating empowers problem solving and encourages out of the box thinking, especially at such a young age. Below are a few books about art that are all about enforcing creativity and inspiring ingenuity.

Louise Loves Art
By Kelly Light

Louise loves art more than anything! There are so many things in her imagination that she wants to get out on paper. So little time, so much to draw! Louise prepares for the unveiling of her in-house show at the prestigious and appropriately titled Gallery Du Fridge. Louise's brother really wants to help out with her show. He's got some fun ideas of his own! Maybe there is enough space at the gallery for a collaborative piece? Louise Loves Art is a great story about loving and feeding your imagination. Showing that when you take the time to share what you love with the ones you love, you might learn something new and great about each other! I am also a very big fan of the drawing style and character design.

Andrew Draws
By David McPhail

Andrew Draws is about that, Andrew drawing. The eponymous hero of our story loves drawing, and it all begins when he discovers a crayon hidden under his home couch. Andrew draws everywhere, even on the floor. When Andrew’s grandmother gives him a sheet of paper to draw on, Andrew draws more stuff. He draws in the tub, when he brushes his teeth, even on the toilet! Andrew practices and practices. One day his drawings were so good they just jumped off the page, literally! Even the president himself asked Andrew to draw. Andrew Draws is a fun story about a young inspiring artist and the magic that is found within his artwork. Andrew also inspires good from his drawings - from his family to the world - and that early on could speak volumes for your child, asking what they would do with such a power?

Ish
By Peter H. Reynolds

Ramon loved to draw, anything, anytime, and anywhere. Ramon is drawing a vase of flowers when his older brother Leon burst out laughing at Ramon’s drawing saying, “What is that?” Ramon felt crushed and his brother’s laughter haunted him for months. Ramon felt like he never got his drawings to look right after that. Ramon was fed up, but then his younger sister steals one of his drawings and races away. Ramon chases after her to learn that his sister has been secretly collecting his crumpled drawings and hanging them in her room. Ramon falls silent, but he is still down because his drawings don’t looks exactly like a vase. His sister then tells him, it looks vase-ish and she loves it. Ramon begins to think differently about his drawings, and the potential hidden in all of his work. This is great story for any young creator, which are probably most young people. A majority of youth draw and create, but unfortunately moments like Ramon and his older brother kill creative ambition. This leaves adults wondering when was the last time they drew anything. Most youth aren’t drawing like Da Vinci, not even the prodigies. That talent can be nurtured, so I hope the –ish way of drawing catches on and I hope the –ish way of fostering creativity is more embraced.

Bad Day at Riverbend
Written and Illustrated by Chris Van Allsburg

Bad Day at Riverbend is an amazing Twilight Zone-esque take on a children’s book. Riverbend is your everyday, old western, untouched coloring book town. Everything seems fine, until their sheriff Ned Hardy notices something strange out in the coaches. The horses were covered in some weird, red, greasy, shiny stripes of crayons! Sheriff Ned tries to pull off the slime but it doesn’t work, it’s stuck to the horses like flesh! Sheriff Ned Hardy and his troop of cowboys set off to find the culprits and bring them to justice. As they ride, they find more and more things covered in this colorful slime. Mountains, trees, and even other people are covered in these wavy lines! It looks like it’s up to Sheriff Ned Hardy to save the day and discover the truth about this mysterious colorful slime. Bad Day at Riverbend is a great book, and I am a huge fan of the coloring book idea. The breaking of the fourth wall, seen through chaos and discovery for the people of Riverbend, is sure to make you laugh and can easily become a young artist's favorite book.

About the Author

Shaun Teamer

Shaun Teamer is a creator and storyteller. He LOVES drawing, reading, writing, and almost anything art related.

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