Children’s Biographies of Famous Artists


Here are some children’s books by other authors that I like. Some of the links are “affiliate links” to, which means that Amazon pays me a few pennies if you end up buying the book through the link here. Your price is the same whether you use the affiliate link or find the book another way. The pennies do not influence my judgment. I only include books I’ve read and recommend. You’re free to click, look on Amazon and not buy.


51tnjuhopkl-_sy384_bo1204203200_Although slaves didn’t have last names, Dave the Potter: Artist, Poet, Slave tells us his inspiring story. The book about this ceramic artist and poet is written by Laban Carrick Hill (a National  Book Award finalist) and illustrated by Bryan Collier. It includes some of his poetry. It is very well done. Ages 5-8.








The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky’s Abstract Art by Barb Rosenstock (Author) and Mary GrandPre (Illustrator). A picture book story about the condition of synesthesia and how accepting the condition helped Kandinsky become the pioneer of abstract art.

George Littlechild


This Land Is My Land is an autobiography written and illustrated by this internationally renowned artist. The book gives readers a view of what it was like to be a young artist in Indian Country just before the start of the 21st century. Grades 3-6.




Georgia O’Keefe

Through Georgia’s Eyes by Rachel Rodriguez (Author) and Julie Paschkis (Illustrator). Very pretty picture book about Georgia O’Keefe.


51ykl0jup7l-_sx411_bo1204203200_My Name Is Georgia by Jeanette Winter. Very nice book about Georgia O’Keefe.






Just Behave, Pablo Picasso! by Jonah Winter (Author), Kevin Hawkes (Illustrator). Great 51hlarmxwil-_sx425_bo1204203200_picture book about how Picasso stood up to harsh criticism to become one of the greatest painters of the Twentieth Century. It makes his story exciting. I wish I had written it.


Beatrix Potter

Beatrix Potter and Her Paint Box by David McPhail tells how Beatrix got a point box when she was young and how that inspired her.




Henri Rousseau

51kiimlglml-_sy427_bo1204203200_The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau written by Michelle Merkel, illustrated by Amanda Hall. A picture book that tells us its never too late to teach yourself how to paint.

Vincent van Gogh

Vincent’s Colors. This gem of a book was written by van Gogh (through his letters to his brother) and the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The hardbound book introduces young (and old) readers to the colors of the rainbow by showing the artist’s words and paintings together.

Camille and the Sunflowers was published in 1994 but still enchants readers today. Laurence Anholt wrote and illustrated this story based on a true-life incident. See also van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt’s Artists Books For Children) by the same author.

Visiting Vincent Van Gogh displays some of the artists paintings and discusses how they reveal his life and emotions.

Katie and the Starry Night by author/illustrator James Mayhew is a classic. What’s Katie to do when she reaches into a painting and all the stars tumble out?


Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars by author/illustrator Joan Holub is part of the Smart About Art series. A fictional “Brad” writes a report about the artist.
Vincent Van Gogh: Portrait of an Artist by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jordan was named a Robert F. Sibert Honor Book by the American Library Association. Ages 10 and up.

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