The list author says: "This is a list of books that I have found to be helpful for teaching art! I teach K-4 art. Actually, I teach eleven classes of Kindergarten. I have tried to list books that I use at this age level. I know there are many teachers out there who wish they had access to ideas and resources for this age group. Also, be sure to check your library for some of these books. I actually have a wish list on Amazon that I send to my librarian every year and she purchases many of these books for me since there isn't always room in the art budget for all for all of the books, videos and magazines that I want. I hope these recommendations help you. Be sure to read the description because many of the books below are just one from a series of many books. They are fun to either read-aloud, educational, and beautiful. Enjoy!"
"Every art teacher needs this book. It has pages that I reproduce for students showing architecture, facts about artists, and it also has tons of ideas for teachers. It also provides a variety of information about media and techniques."
"This is really good for showing famous artist's that are really well known. Younger students love getting to interact with the pictures. This is one of a whole series of books to use in the classroom."
"This is a really funny book for Kindergarten-1st grade students. It is about a boy who gets in trouble for getting out the paint and it is a good way to suggest what should and shouldn't be painted in the art room."
"This book is great for Kindergarten. I like to use Eric Carle with this age level a lot since we do finger painting and collage, he is perfect. Early in the school year, I like to introduce him with this book since it allows us to stand up and act out the pictures."
"This book is awesome for explaining self-portraits. It is so funny and cute and easy to read aloud. I always use it for Kindergarten and 1st grade because the kids just love seeing the cat and they can relate to all of his crazy actions in the book."
"This book is so beautiful. It is very nice to read aloud to students. They love seeing all of the animals in the book painted with wild colors. This book has given me some really cool ideas for lessons on pattern, color, and texture."
"This book is hilarious!! The Kindergarten and 1st grade students love to repeat: "Hey you, wanna fight?" It is a good book to illustrate the work of Eric Carle and I like to use it in the spring for actually making lady bugs and leaves and other bugs using the collage technique."
"I am sure that all of the art books in the Usborne series are fabulous, but this is the one that I have and refer to for ideas all the time. It has great instructions and beautiful illustrations. It is a great art teacher resource."
"This book is easy to read aloud, it is very beautiful, and it shows lots of silly expressions. It is great for K-1st grade. It could be used for self-portraits or lessons about emotions or silly faces. Actual veggie art might not be affordable in a normal classroom setting, but possible for summer school, or an after school art club."
"This entire series is awesome for providing activity ideas for teachers, image reproductions, and also examples of student work. It give historical information that is easily understood by students and art lesson ideas for teachers. This is one of a whole series of 'Imagine That!' books."
"This is just one from a series of so many books. There are tons of great reproductions and facts in every book. Also, there are videos to match the book series. The videos are really good, but so are the books. Both are a great supplement to any lesson."
"Wow!! This is a great resource for art teachers. I love this magazine. Every month I can't wait to get the newest edition. It has tons of great ideas and student examples. This is a must have for every art teacher. Check with your librarian to see if he or she will order it for you!"
"This book is from a series of other books. It is a great suppliment in the artroom. It isn't a read aloud, but it is good for showing reproductions and photos of the artist at work. It is also a good reference for at teachers."
"A fun read-aloud with older students, I had mine create a 'comic' style drawing with scenes from our town and food pummeling it. Great success! See lesson here: http://thislittleclassofmine.blogspot.com/2009/12/cloudy-with-chance-of-meatballs.html"
"A beautiful book. So fun to read aloud and students love creating their own 'wild things' and even Max too! See my lesson plan here: http://thislittleclassofmine.blogspot.com/2009/10/where-wild-things-are.html"