2017 Best Children’s Art Books
Encouraging children to imagine and create is always a good thing, so it then follows that books to help them along this line would be productive and fun.
What’s here: On this page is a list of the ten best art books for kids based on consumer popularity, as well as ratings. The books vary in concept – some are creative for coloring and other activities, while others zero in on helping with drawing techniques, and some have their own unique angle in the world of the arts. Each book has its own publisher-recommended age as well.
For shoppers: For each of the children’s art books listed on this page, one or more shopping resources are chosen and recommended to buy it online. The merchants are picked based on safe, easy shopping, as well as considering low prices and product availability. Links to reviews are also given for each book, where available.
Post Updated: April 9th, 2017
1. Art Lab for Kids by Susan Schwake
2. Harry Potter Coloring Book by Scholastic
3. How to Draw People by Barbara Soloff Levy
4. 13 Art Techniques Children Should Know by Angela Wenzel
5. Harry Potter Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book by Scholastic
6. Tangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids by Jeanette Nyberg
7. Art for Kids: Drawing by Kathryn Temple
8. Draw 50 Animals by Lee J. Ames
9. How to Draw Pets by Barbara Soloff Levy
10. Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals
Top 10 Art Books for Kids:
Art Lab for Kids: 52 Creative Adventures in Drawing, Painting, Printmaking, Paper, and Mixed Media-For Budding Artists of All Ages (Lab Series)
Ages: 8 – 12
Art Lab for Kids by Susan Schwake comes in at the #1 spot of the top 10 art books for kids in 2017.
I love that Art Lab encourages kids to explore the depths of their imaginations. There are 52 unique “adventures” within this book, each one a new project using a different artistic medium each time. Paints, paper, collages, and clay galore.
Ages: 8 – 12
The Harry Potter Coloring Book by Scholastic is certainly a wow-worthy addition to the best art books for kids in 2017.
Yes! Harry Potter is an amazing series; one that millions of kiddos, and adults, have read (or watched) hundreds of thousands of times. This coloring book is for kids seeking to delve into, and color in, the world of wizardry.
Ages: 5 – 10
And at third on the list – How to Draw People by Barbara Soloff Levy.
As a childhood artist, I totally know how difficult it is to draw people. Sometimes you start out hoping for a realistic portrait, and wind up with a stick figure. Bummer. This book teaches youngsters how to draw people, using basic shapes as starter points. Includes blank pages for practice.
Ages: 9 – 12
Also making it to the “best of” art books for kids list in 2017 is 13 Art Techniques Children Should Know by Angela Wenzel.
For true artists-to-be with an appreciation for art throughout histories, this book is a detailed guide to 13 artsy techniques. Kids will explore the skills of artist greats, like Van Gogh, Matisse, da Vinci, and Picasso (to name a few).
Ages: 8 – 12
Another among the Harry Potter lineup makes it to the top children’s art books this year with the Magical Places & Characters Coloring Book by Scholastic.
Another Harry Potter favorite. This coloring book focuses on the places and characters, specifically, in the HP series. For instance, kids can put themselves in charge of the interior décor of Hogwarts. Or, they can visit Hagrid in his hut, the Dursley family in their home, or Potter during Quidditch.
Ages: 8 – 12
Tangle Art and Drawing Games for Kids by Jeanette Nyberg comes in next on our list.
When I was little, my daddy and I would play a game where he would draw a random, nonsense shape. Then I would make a better picture out of it. This game was great for developing both my intellect and artistic abilities. This book does the same with drawing games.
Art for Kids: Drawing: The Only Drawing Book You'll Ever Need to Be the Artist You've Always Wanted to Be
Ages: 8 and up
One from Kathryn Temple arrives at #7 of the ten best art books for kids 2017 with Art for Kids: Drawing.
For realistic little artists, this book goes through basic, and advanced, drawing techniques. It might begin with simple shapes, light placements, and perspective, but it ends with challenging forms, textures, and true-to-sight landscapes. Kids will learn everything in 112 pages.
Ages: 10 – 13
Marking the 8th spot among 2017’s top-ranked kids’ art books is Draw 50 Animals by Lee J. Ames.
Drawing people is difficult, but sketching realistic animals is moreso challenging. Animals have unique textures, from feathers and furs, to scales and bumps, all with minute details that require extra attention and concentration. This book shows artists some animal-drawing techniques.
Ages: 5 – 10
Next, at #9 is How to Draw Pets by Barbara Soloff Levy.
Sketching becomes personal when you drawing something you love, like pets. This book is an instructions guide, showing little artists how to draw 30 different pets. Inclusive of potbelly piggies, ponies, lambs, hermit crabs, puppies, cats, parakeets, and sugar gliders.
Ages: 6 – 12
The final pick on this year’s top ten list of children’s art books is Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals.
One more drawing book for kids who love sketching animals. Only these animals are a bit quirkier with exaggerated shapes, textures, and features. Think cartoony, funny, and packed with both real and mythical animals, like lions, owls, and ferocious dragons.
This Top 10 Art Books for Kids page was modified to reflect current information on April 9th, 2017.