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7 Creative Children’s Books All About Artists

The importance of introducing children to art cannot be understated: it encourages creativity and curiosity, and can even help with the development of motor skills.

Inspire your budding artist with these children’s books about renowned art figures and their influence on the way we see the world.

Dorothea’s Eyes: Dorothea Lange Photographs the Truth by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Gerard Dubois

A powerful and inspiring biography of Dorothea Lange, activist, social reformer, and one of the founders of documentary photography.

Girl with Brush and Canvas: Georgia O’Keeffe, American Artist, by Carolyn Meyer

The life of artist Georgia O’Keeffe is revealed in this biographical novel — from her childhood when she decided to be an artist, through her art education in Chicago and New York, to her eventual rise to fame in the American Southwest.

Prairie Boy: Frank Lloyd Wright Turns the Heartland into a Home, by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Christopher Silas Neal

Frank Lloyd Wright loved the Wisconsin prairie where he was born. But as his family moved across the United States, young Frank found his own home in shapes: rectangles, triangles, half-moons, and circles. When he returned to his beloved prairie, Frank pursued a career in architecture, as he didn’t think the Victorian-era homes found there fit the prairie landscape. Using his knowledge and love of shapes, Frank created houses more organic to the land. 

Girl with a Camera: Margaret Bourke-White, Photographer by Carolyn Meyer

The daring and passionate life of photographer Margaret Bourke-White — the first female war photojournalist in World War II and the first female photographer for Life magazine — is captured in this historical novel.

Jacob Riis’s Camera: Bringing Light to Tenement Children by Alexis O’Neill, illustrated by Gary Kelley

This revealing biography of a pioneering photojournalist and social reformer Jacob Riis shows how he brought to light one of the worst social justice issues plaguing New York City in the late 1800s—the tenement housing crisis—using newly invented flash photography.

For the Birds: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Peggy Thomas, illustrated by Laura Jacques

Roger Tory Peterson revolutionized the way we look at and appreciate birds, animals, and plants. Some kids called him “Professor Nuts Peterson” because of his dedication to his craft; yet he went on to create the immensely popular Peterson Guides, which have sold more than seven million copies, and which birders everywhere appreciate for their simple text and exquisite illustrations.

The Music in George’s Head: George Gershwin Creates Rhapsody in Blue by Suzanne Slade, illustrated by Stacy Innerst

A picture book biography of famous composer George Gershwin and a look at his famous composition Rhapsody In Blue. George Gershwin heard music all the time—at home, at school, even on New York City’s busy streets. Classical, ragtime, blues, and jazz—George’s head was filled with a whole lot of razzmatazz!

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