Picture Books About Creativity, Color and the Art Room


Here are some children’s books by other authors that I like and recommend. The list does not include everything because I only includes books I recommend. Some of the links are “affiliate links” to Amazon.com, 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. You’re free to click, look on Amazon and not buy.

Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color by Julia Denos is–surprise–about color. Swatch lives where colors run wild. She attempts to tame them and put them in jars until the day she meets Yellowest Yellow, who does NOT want to be tamed (and is a little fierce). Author/illustrator Julia Denos has illustrated several children’s books and says the hardest question for her to answer is “What is your favorite color?” This delightful book is her answer. Preschool – Grade 2.


Vincent Paints His House by Tedd Arnold. Cute book about color. It teaches kids in a fun way that every basic color has at least four versions (e.g., red can be rose, crimson, scarlet, or vermilion).
Too Much Glue by Jason Lefebvre (writer) and Zac Retz. This made me laugh! It’s not really about art; it’s about what can happen in art class. Great twist at the end.


51qrj4b4ljl-_sy407_bo1204203200_Art & Max by author/illustrator David Wiesner is about an accomplished painter and a beginner. Fortunately, they are friends as things get a little out of hand. Fun book to get kids interested in making their own paintings. Ages 4 – 7.




Willow by Denise Brennan Nelson and Rosemarie Brennan with illustrations by Cyd Moore is about free-spirited Willow and her prim elementary art teacher, Miss Hawthorn. Miss Hawthorn has a place for everything, Willow uses wild colors. The book is basically an illustration of Picasso’s quote, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once grown up.” Without giving too much away, Willow helps Miss Hawthorn regain her childhood artistry. Ages 5-8.



Riley and Rose in the Picture by author/illustrator Susanna Gretz is about a dog and a cat stuck indoors in the rain. They draw and fight just enough to make it interesting for young children. Ages 5-8.


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