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Welcome to our amazing library of book recommendations!

Books are a fantastic way of encouraging a creative culture in your home or school. Our book lists include books about artists and art styles but also include wonderfully illustrated stories that allow educators to teach topics using stories and images that will engage students’ imaginations. This book list is a living list that is ever growing. Click on the titles for more information!

Books about Art (these books are a fantastic way to teach kids about artists, art styles and artmaking)

  • Uncle Andy’s – James Warhola (click for book review)
  • Uncle Andy’s Cats – James Warhola
  • Big book of colors – Usbourne
  • Drawing with Scissors (Matisse) – Jane O’Connor and Jessie Hartland
  • little Leonardo’s Fascinating World of the Arts – Bob Cooper and Greg Paprocki.
  • Arty Farty Marty The paint smashin’ Kraken – Dale Baker
  • Advance Australia Fair – Peter Dodds McCormick
  • The Museum – Susan Verde and Peter H. Reynolds
  • Mix it Up – Herve Tullet
  • Andy Goldsworthy projects – Abrams
  • Ben & Gracie’s Art Adventure – Mark Wilson
  • No one Saw – Bob Raczka
  • Maime – Tanya McCartney
  • Colours of Australia – Bronwyn Bancroft
  • Shapes of Australia – Bronwyn Bancroft

Books that encourage Artmaking and/or Creativity through tutorials  (these books are instructional books that kids will love)

  • How to Draw cute Stuff – Angela Nguyen
  • Lego, make your own movie (stop motion animation)
  • 365 Days of Drawing – Lorna Scobie
  • Lego, Gadgets (building machines and zoeytrope animation) STEAM tasks
  • Animation Lab for Kids – Laura Bellmont and Emily Brink
  • Computer Coding Projects for Kids – Jon Woodcock

Books about creativity and Imagination  (these books inspire kids to think outside the box and challenges what they think about art, imagination and creativity)

  • Beautiful Oops – Barney Saltzberg
  • A little bit of Oomph- Barney Saltzberg
  • Ada’s Ideas – Fiona Robinson
  • The Dot – Peter H. Reynolds
  • Ish – Peter H. Reynolds
  • Sky Color – Peter H. Reynolds
  • Playing from the heart – Peter H. Reynolds
  • The Book of Mistakes – Corinna Luyken
  • Happy Dreamer – Peter H. Reynolds
  • A Child of Books – Oliver Jeffers and Sam Winston
  • Niko draws a feeling – Bob Raczka and Simone Shin
  • A Day with no crayons – Elizabeth Rusch and Chad Cameron
  • Maime – Tanya McCartney
  • Imaginary Fred – Eoin Colfer and Oliver Jeffers
  • Terry’s Dumb Dot Story, A Treehouse Tale – Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  • The Incredible Freedom Machines – Kirli Saunders and Matt Ottley
  • Recipe for a Story – Ella Burfoot
  • Scribble Book – Herve Tullet
  • Mix up Art – Herve Tullet
  • Imagine – Alison Lester
  • Dr Suess books

Inspiring illustrated books (these wonderful stories have been brought to life by artists with a wide range of styles that will inspire kids in their own artmaking)

  • Home – Jeannie Baker
  • Circle – Jeannie Baker
  • Isabella’s Secret – Jane Tanner
  • The Day the Crayons Quit – Drew Daywelt and Oliver Jeffers
  • The Day the Crayons came home – Drew Daywelt and Oliver Jeffers
  • Blue Chicken – Deborah Freedman
  • Teacup – Rebecca Young and Matt Ottley
  • The treasure box – Margaret Wild and Freya Blackwood
  • Counting Lions – Katie Cotton and Stephen Walton
  • Fire – Jackie French and Bruce Whatley
  • One Photo – Ross Watkins and Liz Anelli
  • The Soldiers gift – Tony Palmer and Jane Tanner
  • Tea and sugar Christmas – Jane Jolly and Robert Ingpen
  • Australia Illustrated – Tania McCartney
  • The Velveteen Rabbit – Margery Williams
  • Maime – Tanya McCartney
  • My Place – Nadia Wheatley and Donna Rawlins
  • The Treehouse Series – Andy Griffiths and Terry Denton
  • Advance Australia Fair – Peter Dodds McCormick
  • Beatrix Potter series
  • Shout out to the Girls – Random House Australia
  • High Five to the Boys – Random House Australia
  • The Peasant Prince – Li Cunxin and Anne Spudvilas
  • The Matchbox Diary – Paul Fleischman and Bagram Ibatoulline
  • Australian Birds – Matt Chun

Illustrated Informative books (these books are a colourful and engaging way to teach information, especially for kids who find illustrations helpful)