15 Inspiring Books About Art and Creativity for Kids and Teens


Art and creativity are essential to the growth and development of children and teenagers. Through literature, they can explore new ideas, experiences, and worlds that inspire their own imagination. Here is a list of 15 inspiring books about art and creativity for kids and teens.

1. “The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds

A simple story about a young girl who overcomes her fear of making art, learning that even the smallest of marks can make a huge impact.

2. “Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds

This delightful book encourages readers to embrace the concept that there is no right or wrong way to create.

3. “Beautiful Oops!” by Barney Saltzberg

This interactive book teaches children that mistakes can lead to beautiful discoveries in art.

4. “Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson

This classic tale follows young Harold as he adventures through a world drawn with his purple crayon, igniting a love for drawing in young readers.

5. “Sky Color” by Peter H. Reynolds

A colorful story about creativity and problem-solving, where a young girl learns to see the colors in the sky differently.

6. “When Pigasso Met Mootisse” by Nina Laden

This humorous tale of two artistic animals showcases artwork inspired by famous painters Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse.

7. “Art & Max” by David Wiesner

Travel along with Art, an accomplished painter, and Max, an eager beginner, as they learn about friendship and the many possibilities of creativity.

8. “The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse” by Eric Carle

Inspired by German expressionist painter Franz Marc, this vibrant book encourages readers to paint from their imagination.

9. “Frederick” by Leo Lionni

In this heartwarming story, a mouse named Frederick proves the importance of imagination and the power of art.

10. “The Art Lesson” by Tomie dePaola

A young boy named Tommy learns the power of self-expression and staying true to his artistic voice in this delightful book that celebrates creativity.

11. “DoodleLit: Drawing on the Classics” by Jennifer Adams

This activity book introduces classic literature through doodling, allowing readers to explore their creativity while learning about iconic stories.

12. “Vincent’s Starry Night and Other Stories” by Michael Bird

This engaging book introduces young readers to 68 famous artists and their work through imaginative tales.

13. “The Art Forger’s Handbook” by Eric Hebborn

This captivating book teaches readers about the fascinating world of art forgery, its history, and techniques.

14. “Steal Like An Artist” by Austin Kleon

A must-read for aspiring artists, this innovative book encourages developing one’s creativity through learning from others’ work.

15. “Keri Smith’s Adventure Lab” by Keri Smith

Full of quirky art projects and fun creative prompts, this book encourages readers to think outside the box and explore their artistic potential.


These 15 inspiring books about art and creativity are perfect for sparking the imaginations of kids and teens alike. They nurture curiosity, open-mindedness, and a love for self-expression–skills that will last a lifetime. Encourage the young artist in your life to explore these colorful, captivating worlds found within their pages.

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