STEAM Ahead with Books About Art

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What is STEAM? It is a term that refers to Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. The books below are great way to introduce art to both young and older readers.


For Younger Readers

Art & Max by David Wiesner. Max wants to be an artist like Arthur, but his first attempt at using a paintbrush sends the two friends on a whirlwind trip through various media with unexpected consequences.

Dog Loves Drawing by Louise Yates. Dog loves drawing so much that he draws his very own adventure.

Look! Look! Look! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace. Three mice "borrow" a postcard which is a reproduction of a painting, and from it they learn about color, pattern, line, and shape.

Mousterpiece by Jane Zalben. Janson the mouse, who lives in a museum, becomes an acclaimed artist by copying the styles of paintings she sees there. Includes notes about the artists and works featured.

Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson. In art class, neatness, conformity, and imitation are encouraged, but when Willow brings imagination and creativity to her projects, even straight-laced Miss Hawthorn is influenced.

For Older Readers

Art Panels, BAM! Speech Bubbles Pow! Writing Your Own Graphic Novel by Trisha Shaskan. An illustrated introduction to writing a graphic novel that explains the creative process, includes an example, and offers exercises for getting started as well as drawing tips.

Cool Creations in 35 Pieces by Sean Kenney. To spark imagination and encourage kids to think outside the box, the author sends a message that strongly promotes creativity while building with LEGOs.

Inkblot: Drip, Splat and Squish Your Way to Creativity by Margaret Peot. Teaches how to change inkblots into works of art and to use them as keys to creativity.

Masterpiece by Elise Broach. After Marvin, a beetle, makes a miniature drawing as an eleventh birthday gift for James, a human with whom he shares a house, the two new friends work together to help recover a Durer drawing stolen from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Math-terpieces: The Art of Problem Solving by Greg Tang. A series of rhymes about artists and their work introduces counting and grouping numbers, as well as such artistic styles as cubism, pointillism, and surrealism.

Under the Egg by Laura Fitzgerald. Her grandfather's dying words lead thirteen-year-old Theodora Tenpenny to a valuable, hidden painting she fears may be stolen, but it is her search for answers in her Greenwich Village neighborhood that brings a real treasure.

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