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Elementary Art Teacher's List

Nellie Mae Mitchell "art teacher"
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
The Art Teacher's Book of Lists
"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."
The Anti-Coloring Book: Creative Activities for Ages 6 and Up
The Anti-Coloring Book: Creative Activities for Ages 6 and Up
"Really great supplimental activities for lessons, and free time activites. There are many in this series."
Touch the Art: Make Van Gogh's Bed
Touch the Art: Make Van Gogh's Bed
"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."
The Magical Garden of Claude  Monet (Anholt's Artists)
The Magical Garden of Claude Monet (Anholt's Artists)
"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."
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))
"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."
From Head to Toe Board Book
From Head to Toe Board Book
"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."
Elemenopeo
Elemenopeo
"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."
Chameleon's Colors
Chameleon's Colors
"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."
The Grouchy Ladybug
The Grouchy Ladybug
"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."
The Usborne Book of Art Skills
The Usborne Book of Art Skills
"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."
The Art Book for Children
The Art Book for Children
"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."
Color Your Own Modern Art Masterpieces (Dover Art Coloring Book)
Color Your Own Modern Art Masterpieces (Dover Art Coloring Book)
"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."
How Are You Peeling? (Scholastic Bookshelf)
How Are You Peeling? (Scholastic Bookshelf)
"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."
Imagine That!: Activities and Adventures in Surrealism (Art Explorers)
Imagine That!: Activities and Adventures in Surrealism (Art Explorers)
"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."
Jackson Pollock (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
Jackson Pollock (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists)
"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."
Cut-Out Fun with Matisse (Adventures in Art (Prestel))
Cut-Out Fun with Matisse (Adventures in Art (Prestel))
"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."
Elmer (Elmer Books)
Elmer (Elmer Books)
"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!"
I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean!
I'm the Best Artist in the Ocean!
"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"
Greedy Zebra (African Animal Tales)
Greedy Zebra (African Animal Tales)
"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."
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens
Mama Cat Has Three Kittens
"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."
From Head to Toe Big Book
From Head to Toe Big Book
"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."
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
'Twas the Night Before Thanksgiving
"This book is fun to read aloud right before Thanksgiving, and it offers some great parodies to famous artworks like American Gothic!"
Big Fat Hen
Big Fat Hen
"Nice to read-aloud to kindergarten students, this book is perfect for a chalk pastel lesson."
Teaching Art with Books Kids Love: Art Elements, Appreciation, and Design with Award-Winning Books
Teaching Art with Books Kids Love: Art Elements, Appreciation, and Design with Award-Winning Books
"A great book for art ideas and book ideas!"
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs
"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"
Where the Wild Things Are
Where the Wild Things Are
"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"
Serious Farm
Serious Farm
"This book is fun to read aloud because it is so funny! Great addition to a lesson about farm animals or a farm!"
The Giving Tree (Slipcased Mini Edition)
The Giving Tree (Slipcased Mini Edition)
"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!"
Giraffes Can't Dance
Giraffes Can't Dance
"This is a fun book to read aloud and can be adapted to a very cute art project!"
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
Don't Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus!
"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!"
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