Friday, March 25, 2011

Interesting Nonfiction for Kids: National Youth Art Month Books

March is Youth Art Month. Couldn’t let this month go by without mentioning some of my favorite art books for kids.
Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education for all children and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Youth Art Month was created in 1961 by ACMI, a non-profit association of art and craft materials manufacturers, in cooperation with the NAEA.  In 1984, ACMI created CFAE to administer the national Youth Art Month program and encourage funding for the program.

Harvesting Dreams: Hundertwasser for Kids
By Barbara Stieff
Prestel USA    August 2008

The Story of the World's Greatest Paintings
By Charlie Ayres
Thames & Hudson    November  2010

Art in Action 1: Introducing Young Children to the World of Art with 24 Creative Projects Inspired by 12 Masterpieces (Art in Action Books)
By Maja Pitamic (Author)
Mike Norris (Contributor)
Barron's Educational Series   April  2010

Art and Architecture (Experimenting With Everyday Science)
By Stephen M. Tomecek
Chelsea House Publications June 2010

As always, my goal is to suggest books with these criteria:
1) Nonfiction
2) Published recently
3) Not previously recommended by myself on INK

Linda asked me to write for INK the first month of it's conception based on, I assume, my reputation for promoting art-themed Children's nonfiction books. So, here I am, three years later, still talking about art books. Thanks to INK for giving me the platform to voice my love of art books... and to hang out with an amazing group of nonfiction writers.


girl at art said...

These look great!
Can't wait to check them out.
You always have great ideas first!

samra said...

As a writer of nonfiction in a story format (creative nonfiction), I think one place to start is the identification of these types of readable books on a library shelf.
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