5 Children’s Books I Use with My Elementary Art Lessons

1: Brown Bear, Brown Bear, What Do You See?

This is the first book I read to my Kindergarten students on the first day of school.  Then we draw a very simple bear.  (Inspired by the Ed Emberly style of learning to draw.)


2: Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus 

Mo Willems is one of my favorite Children’s Book authors.  This is a great story to get the kids giggling.  I try to have students “read” the pigeon’s body language to introduce them to the concept that there are ways to communicate visually.


3: Froggy Gets Dressed

Kids love reading this one with me.  I have them play the part of Froggy and yell “WHAAAAAAAAT” and the ending always give everyone the giggles. I usually use this kindergarten, but last winter, I realized that I had some 3rd and 4th grade students who hadn’t heard the story and so I read it to them, too.  They loved it as much as the kindergarten students.


4: Little Owl’s Night

This is a quick little book that I used this year to introduce my Kindergarten owl paintings and it had all the right elements.  It had a little bit of science (habitat and sleep patterns) as well an interesting story that held the interest of my wiggliest classes.

5: The Monster Who Lost His Mean

I love this book!  I have my students paint monsters and then they do a little writing reflection on what their monster would do if it lost its mean.


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