14 Drawing Books for Kids To Motivate Young Artists

On your hands, you have some future artists. Free drawing is a wonderful way to express oneself, but for some youngsters, learning new drawing techniques requires them to be able to follow instructions. Here are some of our favorite drawing books for kids of all ages, offering step-by-step instructions on how to draw it all, from heroes, race cars, and hilarious faces to charming llamas, sloths, and rainbows.

  1. My First I Can Draw Sea Animals by Little Press

The books in this collection of picture books for young children are excellent for teaching children how to follow step-by-step directions. Each of the eight steps is simple but fulfilling.

  1. The How To Draw Book for Kids: A Simple, Step-by-Step Guide to Drawing Cute and Silly Things by Jacy Corral

This drawing book for kids is actually as “easy” as many others that claim to be. Help children develop their confidence by having them sketch everything from cupcakes to rocket ships. The instructions use black vs. gray lines to clearly explain to children what is new in each step.

  1. Ed Emberley’s Great Thumbprint Drawing Book by Ed Emberley

Many drawing books for youngsters are available from Ed Emberley, but we prefer this straightforward and delectable option. Very young children can transform a fingerprint into a lovely animal or figure by adding a few well-placed scribbles.

  1. How to Draw All the Things for Kids by Alli Koch

Kids who wish to learn to draw “all the things,” not just figures and animals, can use this drawing book. Kids can concentrate on each step because the pages aren’t cluttered, and the designs advance from straightforward to complex. Check out the author’s other book, How to Draw Modern Flowers for Kids.

  1. How to Draw 101 Things That Go by Nat Lambert

A dependable and economical option for sketching books for youngsters, the “How to Draw 101” series covers a wide range of subjects. Children can sketch a wide range of vehicles in this one, from modern cars and planes to Viking ships, step by step.

  1. How to Draw a Unicorn and Other Cute Animals With Simple Shapes in 5 Steps by Lulu Mayo

Learning how to deconstruct figures into forms is useful, and we’re sure you can think of a few kids who would adore the stylish and adorable options in this simple instruction manual. There are many suggestions for how to add amusing extras, backgrounds, and scene details in addition to the drawing instructions. (Kids will also be interested in the other books in the “Drawing With Simple Shapes” series, such as How to Draw a Dragon and Other Cute Creatures and How to Draw a Bunny and Other Cute Creatures.)

  1. How to Draw Scary Monsters and Other Mythical Creatures by Fiona Gowen

Kids can share this drawing book around Halloween time. This author has a ton of different “How to Draw” books, from Dinosaurs to Birds and more, for kids who like this more cartoonish style of sketching.

  1. The Big Book of Faces by Erik DePrince

This is an excellent resource for students ready to stop drawing everyone the same way! These illustrations introduce children to various sketching methods, including changes in hairstyle, facial shape, and expression. When children illustrate their writing, it’s great for practicing how to express the feelings of characters.

  1. How to Draw People by Barbara Soloff Levy

This one should be titled “How to Stop Drawing Stick Figures Anymore” Educate children on the shapes and dimensions needed to sketch people engaging in various activities, such as playing musical instruments or roller skating.

  1. How to Draw Deluxe Edition (Pokémon) by Maria S. Barbo and Tracey West

What if there was a drawing book for youngsters where they could practice following both written and visual instructions? Please, yes! Here are step-by-step instructions for teaching kids how to draw more than 70 of their favorite Pokémon figures.

  1. Math Art and Drawing Games for Kids: 40+ Fun Art Projects to Build Amazing Math Skills by Karyn Tripp

You should include this unusual title in your kids’ math and painting books. Children are shown how to use a protractor, graph paper multiplication grids, a ruler, and other arithmetic equipment to create works of art in the directions. There are also some awesome multimedia projects.

  1. Baloney and Friends by Greg Pizzoli and other graphic novels

Character-drawing instructions at the back of graphic novels are one of our favorite places to find drawing lessons for children. In addition to enjoying this graphic novel, children may sketch the characters Baloney, Peanut, Bizz, and Krabbit. The teachings found in Mac Barnett’s Jack books and Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man books are two other favorites.

  1. The Art of Doodle Words: Turn Your Everyday Doodles Into Cute Hand Lettering  by Sarah Alberto

Just as much as sketching, kids adore silly letters. This book teaches young readers how to write in a variety of fonts and styles, as well as how to turn words or phrases into beautiful doodles.

  1. Zentangle for Kids by Jane Marbaix

Intricate patterns fill in the outlines in the contemplative sketching technique known as Zentangle. This primer is an excellent addition to mindfulness lessons in the classroom or to provide to a student who needs a stress-relieving activity.

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