What are the best recommended books for the elementary art classroom?

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    #1A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good

    A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good

    A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It Good is a nonfiction book about arts written by Mark Gonyea. This was originally published in 2005. In this book, the author introduces to young readers the elements of design.

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    Debra Castillo
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "This book was at a great level. It was absolutely perfect for the elementary school age kids! It was a great book about art, highly recommended. "
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    #2The Dot

    The Dot
    The Dot is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. It tells the story of a girl named Vashti, who believes she's not artistic enough to draw. This book encourages readers to believe in their own greatness.
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    Jose Gonzalez
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "A great book for teaching art to elementary students. If you're trying to get young ones interested in art, this is a great way to do just that."
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    #3Beautiful Oops!

    Beautiful Oops!

    Beautiful Oops! is a children's picture book written by Barney Saltzberg. This was originally published in 2010. In this interactive book, the author teaches readers why it is okay to make mistakes.

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    Hannah Parker
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is a great book for elementary aged kids. It provides a valuable lesson about mistakes and how we can learn from them. It can help spark some creativity in young minds. The illustrations are fun and well done. Every elementary classroom should have a copy of this book. "
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    #4Mouse Paint

    Mouse Paint
    Mouse Paint is a children's picture book by Ellen Stoll Wash. It aims to teach children about mixing colors to form new colors, as it tells the story of three white mice who found three jars of paint—red, blue, and yellow. 
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    Sandra Hamilton
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "I loved this book when my daughter was younger. This book really draws children in and makes learning fun."
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    #5Not a Box

    Not a Box

    Not a Box by author and illustrator Antoinette Portis is a winner of a Theodor Seuss Geisel Honor Award. It's an original celebration of the power of imagination, inspired by a memory of the author sitting in a box on her driveway.

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    William Stone
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "Not a Box is an enchanting children's book about how far the imagination can go. In the book, a rabbit talks about all the fun and interesting things that can be done with a simple box. Though it is aimed at younger children, this book could be a source of fun for children of all ages."
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    #6Linnea in Monet's Garden

    Linnea in Monet's Garden

    Linnea in Monet's Garden is a picture book for children about arts written by Christina Björk and illustrated by Lena Anderson. This was originally published in 1985.

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    Danielle Washington
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "This is such a unique way to teach children about art without them knowing it! Linnea travels through Monet's paintings and learn about both the art form and Monet's life. They will be so excited to recognize the paintings elsewhere and know the background."
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    #7Planting a Rainbow

    Planting a Rainbow

    Planting a Rainbow is an educational book that teaches kids how to plant seeds and bulbs.This wonderful tale shows kids the rainbow's colours through different flowers.


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    Brian Wong
    Written on May 2, 2018
    "It can be hard as an elementary school teacher to find the best books to teach your pupils. It can't be hard because they won't understand but it has to be easy enough for them to understand while keeping them engaged. This book does a great job of keeping the kids engaged in their fingerpaints while trying not to turn them into picasso. "
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    #8Ish

    Ish

    Ish is a children's picture book written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds. It tells the story of Ramon, who gets dejected after his brother laughs at one of his drawings. Luckily, he regains his confidence with the help of his sister.

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    Anna Turner
    Written on May 4, 2018
    "My daughter's art teacher read this to her and it seems like it made some difference in how she looks at the world. I think they're working on embracing their own art and not trying to be "perfect" in everything, because they've also read books on wabi-sabi and the like. It seems like a beautiful book with a lovely message."
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    #9Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Crockett Johnson's Harold and the Purple Crayon is a timeless story of the power of a child's imagination. In this story, Harold goes on a moonlit adventure armed only with his big purple crayon.
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    Jason Carr
    Written on April 24, 2018
    "I teach for a class of 6-8 year olds and decided to pick this book up to read to them. Needless to say, they really love it! I read it to them at least once a day, and once a week I give one a chance to read it to the class. It's such a vivid and imaginative book, and I highly recommend it."
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    #10Chasing Vermeer

    Chasing Vermeer
    When a sort of incredible occurrences brings Patra Andalee and Calder Pillay together, very odd things are about to happen: unrelated events and the disappearing of a Vermeer painting. Petra and Calder are drawn clue by clue to solve the mysterious labyrinth.
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    Carmen Nieto
    Written on May 6, 2018
    "Chasing Vermeer has been a great resource for teaching my young elementary class about art. The book combines problem solving and with some abstract thinking that keeps the kids to become engaged and excited to put their skills to the test, or rather I should say paper."
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    #11Little Blue and Little Yellow

    Little Blue and Little Yellow

    Little Blue and Little Yellow is a children's picture book by Leo Lionni. It teaches the foundations of color combinations by telling the story of two friends, Little Blue and Little Yellow, who turn into green after hugging each other.

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    Alan Rios
    Written on May 1, 2018
    "Little Blue and Little Yellow is a great book for small elementary children. This was one of my favorites when I used to substitute for 1st grade. The book shares a lot of information about colors as well as the emotional connection between the colors. "

Summary

Best What are the best recommended books for the elementary art classroom
RankSolutionsTypeVotesPrice
1A Book About Design: Complicated Doesn't Make It GoodBooks 46 Paid
2The DotBooks 41 Paid
3Beautiful Oops!Books 39 Paid
4Mouse PaintBooks 36 Paid
5Not a BoxBooks 36 Paid
6Linnea in Monet's GardenBooks 33 Paid
7Planting a RainbowBooks 31 Paid
8IshBooks 27 Paid
9Harold and the Purple CrayonBooks 27 Paid
10Chasing VermeerBooks 19 Paid
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