Great Books about Art with Units to Guide Literature Circles 

Most of these art books are in your library! (If can't find them, you can order them by clicking the titles below.) They represent every genre! Check out two or three copies of each for your class. Let students choose their favorites and form literature groups. Give them copies of the unit to guide them to find the special treasure inside each book, to develop valuable skills, to problem solve, and to help them work together as a group! Art and Story are kid magnets that can reach many "unreachable" children!

A Story Told in Shapes
Can you guess what the story is?


an art history, fantasy thriller featuring the works of Albrecht Dürer
and a talented little beetle.

Christopher Mouse, The Tale of a Small Traveler in a Museum (2-4)
by William Wise

Chasing Vermeer
an art history thriller featuring the works of Vermeer

Okay for Now
A story of abuse, love, loss, recovery, and survival through art (5+)

The One and Only Ivan (2013 Newbery Medalist) (3+)
by Katherine Applegate

Paintings of Nature's Flying Predators

Primary Picture Books with an Art Theme

Creepy Carrots
Caldecott Honor Book for 2013, Illustrated by Peter Brown
(Don't miss this Caldecott illustrator's terrific book trailer!)

Other Caldecott Winners

Bridget's Beret
by Tom Lichtenheld

Look! Look! Look!

by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace with Linda K. Friedlaender

by Denise Brennan-Nelson

Elephants Can Paint, Too
by Katya Arnold

by J. Patrick Lewis

The Pot that Jack Built
celebrating the work of Juan Que zada

Dream Carver
A Mexican artist

Snip! Snap! What's That?
Seeing Pictures in Shapes

Imagine Harry

Math-erpieces, The Art of Problem Solving
Math in Fine Art

The Day the Crayons Quit
by Drew Daywalt, Illustrated by Oliver Jeffers


Poetry is Art!

Literature Celebrating The Art of Poetry


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