Top 10 Drawing Books for Kids 2016

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2016 Best Books to Help Kids Learn How to Draw

 
Little girl drawing with colored pencilsFor those little ones with an artistic bent, drawing books are not only fun – they can provide additional tips and techniques; also helping to stir up new creative ideas for those young budding artists.

Just about any children’s drawing book that I have seen will to one degree or another be fun for kids, but some are better than others in terms of their quality and ability to hold interest.

What’s here: On this page is a list of the ten best drawing books for kids during the spring and summer of 2016. The list is ranked from 1 to 10, and is based general popularity and high consumer ratings.

For shoppers: For each of the books listed on this page, merchants are individually chosen to buy the book online, based on low pricing, product availability and trusted reputation as a safe and convenient shopping resource. Links to book reviews are also provided where available.

What’s Here:

1. How to Draw People by Barbara Soloff Levy
2. Adventures in Lettering by Dawn Nicole Warnaar
3. Draw 50 Animals by Lee J. Ames
4. Learn to Draw Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory by Disney Pixar
5. Art for Kids: Drawing by Kathryn Temple
6. Art Drawing Games and Activities for Kids by Rachel A Goldstein
7. How to Draw Pokemon by Tracey West
8. How to Draw Animals by Barbara Soloff Levy
9. How to Draw Pets by Barbara Soloff Levy
10. Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals by Ed Emberley

1. How to Draw People by Barbara Soloff Levy

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Ages: 5 – 10

In first place of the top 10 drawing books for kids in 2016 is How to Draw People by Barbara Soloff Levy.

Exactly what the title suggests. This book is all about How to Draw People. Using shapes, like ovals, circles, cylinders, and squares, little artists learn how to sketch 30 characters. The characters have unique personalities and careers, such as a roller-skater, fireman, astronaut, and cowboy. Includes blank pages for practice.

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2. Adventures in Lettering by Dawn Nicole Warnaar

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Ages: 8 – 12

Love this one! Adventures in Lettering by Dawn Nicole Warnaar comes in next among the best kids’ drawing books this year.

When I was a kid, cursive writing was a major part of our school curriculum. Times have changed.

Adventures in Lettering features hand-writing lessons, showing kids how to create beautiful letters in intricate patterns.

This is a must for calligraphers-to-be.

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3. Draw 50 Animals by Lee J. Ames

Ages: 10 – 13

At 3rd on the list – Draw 50 Animals by Lee J. Ames.

While people are among the top must-draws for little artists, animals are number one. This book teaches kiddos how to draw 50 animals, like elephants, dogs, tigers, fish, and birds. There are even a few pages of mythical creatures, like ginormous, scaly dragons. I’m lovin’ the diversity and imagination here.

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Draw 50 Dinosaurs and Other Prehistoric Animals By Ames, Lee J.

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4. Learn to Draw Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory by Disney Pixar

Ages: 8 – 12

For the Pixar fans! Learn to Draw Disney Pixar’s Finding Dory by Disney Pixar makes its debut at #4 of the top children’s drawing books in 2016.

Unless you live under a rock, you know that Finding Dory is the new Disney/Pixar movie snagging the big bucks this year. This book is a drawing must-have for the lovers of the original Finding Nemo, bringing all of your favorite characters together. Also features critters from the new one.

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Learn to Draw Disney Pixar's Finding Dory: Including Dory, Nemo, Marlin, and All

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5. Art for Kids: Drawing by Kathryn Temple

Ages: 8 and up

Also managing a spot in the top ten list of drawing books for kids this year – Art for Kids: Drawing by Kathryn Temple.

This book is a drawing favorite because it lacks a theme, so there is more room for imagination. The guide is extensive and fun with over 110 pages of important drawing techniques. Each page teaches a different exercise on things like light use, volume, forms, shapes, perspective, illusion, and landscapes.

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6. Art Drawing Games and Activities for Kids by Rachel A Goldstein

Falling in at #6 – Art Drawing Games and Activities for Kids by Rachel A Goldstein.

Silly drawings galore!

This gigantic art book comes with blank practice pages and lots-a tutorials for sketching cartoony characters.

There are bunches of games and activities, including educational word searches, mazes, riddles, and dice games.

Includes cut-out patterns for collages.

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7. How to Draw Pokemon by Tracey West

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Ages: 7 – 10

My son loves his copy of this book – How to Draw Pokemon by Tracey West is a great pick among children’s drawing books for the Pokemon fans. 🙂

Gonna be the very best like no artist ever was! Pokemon! Gotta draw em’ all! Kids, and Pokemon-lovin’ adults, can draw their character favorites from the game series. Includes instructions on how to draw action poses and create battle scenes.

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Pokemon: How to Draw Pokemon by Tracey West (2003, Paperback)

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8. How to Draw Animals by Barbara Soloff Levy

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Ages: 5 – 10

Another wonderful children’s drawing book by Barbara Soloff Levy – How to Draw Animals.

Another great drawing book about animals. This one is all about pets, i.e. dogs, cats, parrots, fish, hermit crabs, sugar gliders, and over 20 more awesome critters. The diagrams are step-by-step instructions, teaching little artists how to draw each pet in detail. Then use colors to make each sketch POP!

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Art Start Animals: How to Draw with Simple Shapes by Barbara Soloff Levy.

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9. How to Draw Pets by Barbara Soloff Levy

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Ages: 5 – 12

Yet another great pick from Barbara Soloff Levy – How to Draw Pets comes in next on the list.

This animal drawing book is a bit shorter than the others, featuring only 20 animals, but more exotic selections. Kids can draw entire zoo scenes with habitats for leopards, pandas, elephants, and camels. Or, they can draw tons of animals in their natural environments, like wheat-covered plains and lush jungles.

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10. Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals by Ed Emberley

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Ages: 6 – 12

The final item on the “best of” drawing books for kids list is Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals.

Ed Emberley puts a twist on classic animal sketches. These drawing instructions are packed with quirky, cartoony details. For example, the owls don graduation hats. Or, the lions look a bit dumbfounded. Uses basic shapes to teach simple artistic techniques.

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Update note: This page was modified to reflect current information on 06/25/16.

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