Wednesday, January 29, 2014

An Art Room Library: Artist-Based Fictional Stories

Thanks to Donors Choose and Amazon, I have finally updated and completed my art room library, at both schools!  Now I have books for project inspiration, and more resources for students when they complete their in-class projects!  When I collected all the books I had, I totaled 100+, so it was impossible to list them all in one blog post.  So for the next few weeks, I will post my list of books in different categories.

My first category will be my list of books about artists, both fiction and non-fiction.  The books are for grade levels K-6.  Since many of the books are based on an artist, you can easily set up a mini-research project for students to discover who the artist is, what type of work they made, and what the students' favorite art piece is made by that artist.

Due to the length of the post (with so many good books), I will not write a review on each, but you can find all of the books on Amazon, or Google!

All Levels

I love this series!  Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists are books that give a kid-friendly biography about the artists and their work.

Pre-K and Kindergarten

                        A good series for beginner readers, and I read them to my own kids!

I started collecting these "touch and feel" books for my own daughters, but the kindergarten students love them just as much!

Good Picture Books!  Students can see how artists created their versions of the trains, babies, dogs, and horses!

1st-6th Grade
Random artist-based books for project inspiration and stories to read!

All of the above literature can be found on Amazon or at your local bookstore or art museum!  My next art room library post with be on material-based fictional books.


  1. How do you use the Joseph Cornell Box? It looks really cool!

  2. Hello!
    It's been a few years, but I introduced Joseph Cornell in an "After School Art Projects" class I held. Students collected shoeboxes, collaged them with paper and magazines, them glued random objects they collected within their boxes. Unfortunately, I do not have any photos of the finished work (I was a first year teacher), but I plan to document it when I do it again!

    Thank you for reading!

  3. I'm writing a grant to start an art library for my Art Room. I need to have some objectives of what my students will learn by having these books available. Do you have any suggestions?

    1. The obvious is the connection to the ELA common core standards, but the books also promote visual literacy. Many times a student, when given a project objective, is lost on an idea to start with. Having books available help to spark the imagination, inspire project ideas, and some may even teach students how to problem solve when they come across an obstacle.


    I give this one to any of my fellow art teachers when they go out on maternity leave. I found it in the back of Barnes and Noble when I was 6 months pregnant and full of hormones and balled my eyes out its incredibly sweet and has great flip pages that show many great works.

    1. I have that book! Speaking of which…it's in my next art library post!