• A Little Bit of OOMPH!

    by Barney Saltzberg Year Published: 2013

    How do you make the ordinary extraordinary? With a little bit of oomph! An inspiring and playful new book on creativity from Barney Saltzberg, author of Beautiful Oops! This book teaches the invaluable lesson of throwing your heart into whatever you’re doing and trying just a little bit harder— because with a little extra effort and a lot of oomph, you can make anything beautiful.

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  • Beautiful Oops!

    by Barney Saltzberg Year Published: 2010

    It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator. This is a one-of-a-kind interactive book that shows young readers how every mistake is an opportunity to make something beautiful.

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  • Dots! Dots! Dots! At the Museum

    by Francie Alexander Year Published: 2000

    Our little artists were learning all about Pointillism, so this kid-friendly book was

    perfect to introduce such a complex art movement. Pointillism is all about making

    pictures with Dots! This fun read allowed students to see famous paintings as if they

    were in the museum and all the paintings had dots. Now students are experts in Pointillism!

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  • How the Grinch Stole Christmas

    by Dr. Seuss Year Published: 1957

    The classic heartwarming story about the effects of Christmas spirit

    on even the smallest and coldest of hearts. This book was perfect

    for our Christmas storytime and went right along with our Whoville Tree

    project. Students were so very excited to make their own Whoville Tree

    and even more excited after reading this book. The illustrations and rhyme

    scheme put everyone in the Christmas spirit!

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  • Katie Meets the Impressionists

    by James Mayhew Year Published: 2007

    When Katie and her grandmother visit an art museum to celebrate the grandma's birthday, Katie wanders into a gallery where she admires Claude Monet's The Luncheon.... With a blink of her eyes, Katie is magically transported into the painting. Lovely watercolors emulate the style of the Impressionistic work to expose students to visual art education and also bring them into a charming story. This book served as the perfect beginning to our small unit on artist Claude Monet.

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  • Lines That Wiggle

    by Candace Whitman Year Published: 2009
    We used this book in Art to start our Lines and Shapes unit! This book really got student's attention and gave us lots of visual examples to pull from for our project. The illustration was fantastic for students at this age and we had lots of giggles as we soaked in knowledge about various types of lines.
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  • Mouse Paint

    by Ellen Stoll Walsh Year Published: 1995

    All it took was for three mice to find three jars of paint and students were

    brought into a lighthearted story that gives a lesson in color. Perfect for our unit

    on Color Theory students are introduced to the wonders of color mixing with

    this book!

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  • The Cave Painter of Lascaux

    by Roberta Angeletti Year Published: 2004

    Anna is on a school trip to the Lascaux cave in the south of France - a mysterious place with prehistoric paintings believed to have been created over 17,000 years ago. Anna gets separated from the class and bumps into a real caveman, one of the artists who painted the pictures. He explains to Anna what life was really like in the Stone Age and how they created the magnificent drawings on the wall. This book was a fantastic start to a very fun lesson where students were able to make their own 'cave' paintings!

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  • Too Much Glue

    by Jason Lefebvre Year Published: 2013
    When working with little ones it is important to stress the benefits
    of good craftsmanship. Keeping the table clean, using materials 
    wisely, and not making too much of a mess in general are things
    we learn about on a daily basis in Art. When we approached
    our first project that involved glue I just had to read this fun-loving book
    about what happens when you use, "TOO MUCH GLUE!"
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