Elementary Art Teacher's List

A Listmania! list by Nellie Mae Mitchell "art teacher" (Webb City, Missroui USA)
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!"
The Art Teacher's Book of Lists
1.  The Art Teacher's Book of Lists by Helen D. Hume
The list author says:
  "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."
$30.79   Used & New from: $3.02
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

The Anti-Coloring Book: Creative Activities for Ages 6 and Up
2.  The Anti-Coloring Book: Creative Activities for Ages 6 and Up by Susan Striker
The list author says:
  "Really great supplimental activities for lessons, and free time activites. There are many in this series."
$12.42   Used & New from: $3.83
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews) | 3 customer discussions

Touch the Art: Make Van Gogh's Bed
3.  Touch the Art: Make Van Gogh's Bed by Julie Appel
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $2.74
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The Magical Garden of Claude  Monet (Anholt's Artists)
4.  The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt's Artists) by Laurence Anholt
The list author says:
  "This book is really beautiful and it is about a girl visiting Claude Monet. It is easy to read to a class before a lesson about Monet to build some historical knowledge about the artist."
$11.84   Used & New from: $2.24
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)

I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))
5.  I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards)) by Karen Beaumont
The list author says:
  "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."
$14.05   Used & New from: $1.96
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (127 customer reviews)

From Head to Toe Board Book
6.  From Head to Toe Board Book by Eric Carle
The list author says:
  "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."
$4.41   Used & New from: $0.01
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

Elemenopeo
7.  Elemenopeo by Harriet Ziefert
The list author says:
  "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."
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Chameleon's Colors
8.  Chameleon's Colors by Chisato Tashiro
The list author says:
  "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."
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4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

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The Grouchy Ladybug
9.  The Grouchy Ladybug by Eric Carle
The list author says:
  "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."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

The Usborne Book of Art Skills
10.  The Usborne Book of Art Skills by Fiona Watt
The list author says:
  "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."
Used & New from: $1.68
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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The Art Book for Children
11.  The Art Book for Children by Editors of Phaidon Press
The list author says:
  "This book has some famous artworks, but also some more obscure ones that are very appropriate for the classroom. It gives facts about each artwork. It is a great reference and a great resource."
$15.80   Used & New from: $4.88
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

Color Your Own Modern Art Masterpieces (Dover Art Coloring Book)
12.  Color Your Own Modern Art Masterpieces (Dover Art Coloring Book) by Muncie Hendler
The list author says:
  "This one is on the shelf as a reference, but also as a suppliment for older elementary. It has some great line drawings that are perfect for coloring sheets in free time."
$4.49   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

How Are You Peeling? (Scholastic Bookshelf)
13.  How Are You Peeling? (Scholastic Bookshelf) by Saxton Freymann
The list author says:
  "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."
$5.71   Used & New from: $0.39
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (69 customer reviews)

Imagine That!: Activities and Adventures in Surrealism (Art Explorers)
14.  Imagine That!: Activities and Adventures in Surrealism (Art Explorers) by Joyce Raimondo
The list author says:
  "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."
$12.59   Used & New from: $1.17
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)

Jackson Pollock (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
15.  Jackson Pollock (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia
The list author says:
  "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."
$6.25   Used & New from: $3.04
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

School Arts - the Art Education Magazine for K-12 Art Educat
16.  School Arts - the Art Education Magazine for K-12 Art Educat Magazine Subscription Davis Publications Inc
The list author says:
  "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!"
$24.95
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

Cut-Out Fun with Matisse (Adventures in Art (Prestel))
17.  Cut-Out Fun with Matisse (Adventures in Art (Prestel)) by Nina Hollein
The list author says:
  "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."
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Elmer (Elmer Books)
18.  Elmer (Elmer Books) by David McKee
The list author says:
  "Beautiful book, great story. Fun to read aloud to kids. This is perfect to include as part of a lesson on elephants, color, being different...Its a great book!"
$11.61   Used & New from: $5.34
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean!
19.  I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean! by Kevin Sherry
The list author says:
  "Kids love this book! It is very fun to read aloud and it is perfect for art teachers! See my lesson plan here: http://thislittleclassofmine.blogspot.com/2010/09/best-artist-in-ocean-giant-squid.html"
$12.67   Used & New from: $6.37
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

Greedy Zebra (African Animal Tales)
20.  Greedy Zebra (African Animal Tales) by Mwenye Hadithi
The list author says:
  "This is a funny book and the zebra is so cute! Older students could definitely 'get' the book better than my younger ones...It was a great addition to a lesson on painting a zebra."
$8.80   Used & New from: $0.94
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens
21.  Mama Cat Has Three Kittens by Denise Fleming
The list author says:
  "This is a fun book to read to kindergarten students. It is so fun to read out loud and include as part of a lesson on cats."
$7.19   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)

From Head to Toe Big Book
22.  From Head to Toe Big Book by Eric Carle
The list author says:
  "I teach a lot of Kindergarten, this book is a perfect read-aloud when students need to get UP and moving, I let them act out the animal actions."
$20.01   Used & New from: $8.95
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (145 customer reviews)

'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
23.  'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving by Dav Pilkey
The list author says:
  "This book is fun to read aloud right before Thanksgiving, and it offers some great parodies to famous artworks like American Gothic!"
$14.44   Used & New from: $0.01
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)

Big Fat Hen
24.  Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker
The list author says:
  "Nice to read-aloud to kindergarten students, this book is perfect for a chalk pastel lesson."
$6.29   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)

Teaching Art with Books Kids Love: Art Elements, Appreciation, and Design with Award-Winning Books
25.  Teaching Art with Books Kids Love: Art Elements, Appreciation, and Design with Award-Winning Books by Darcie Clark Frohardt
The list author says:
  "A great book for art ideas and book ideas!"
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Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
26.  Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs by Judi Barrett
The list author says:
  "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"
$12.70   Used & New from: $0.01
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (356 customer reviews)

Where the Wild Things Are
27.  Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak
The list author says:
  "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"
$10.69   Used & New from: $0.35
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (913 customer reviews) | 7 customer discussions

Serious Farm
28.  Serious Farm by Tim Egan
The list author says:
  "This book is fun to read aloud because it is so funny! Great addition to a lesson about farm animals or a farm!"
Used & New from: $3.08
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The Giving Tree (Slipcased Mini Edition)
29.  The Giving Tree (Slipcased Mini Edition) by Shel Silverstein
The list author says:
  "This is one of my all time favorite books. It is great to read aloud if you are showing students how to draw a tree. It always makes me cry!"
$11.37   Used & New from: $1.75
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,283 customer reviews) | 5 customer discussions

Giraffes Can't Dance
30.  Giraffes Can't Dance by Giles Andreae
The list author says:
  "This is a fun book to read aloud and can be adapted to a very cute art project!"
$11.27   Used & New from: $3.50
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (389 customer reviews)

Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
31.  Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems
The list author says:
  "This is one of a whole series of pigeon books, I love reading these out loud to students and the pigeon is really simple to draw. Great books!"
$13.42   Used & New from: $6.53
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (436 customer reviews) | 2 customer discussions

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Last updated: 12/8/10
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