Artist Biographies for Kids

By George Morris | August 1 2017 | Children's

Van Gogh…Kandinsky…Kahlo…Haring.

Penguin Random House has award-winning and best-selling artist biographies for young readers.

Learn what the great artists were like as children and what inspired them to create their masterpieces.

These books may start today’s young readers on the road to becoming tomorrow’s artistic geniuses.

The Amazing Collection of Joey Cornell: Based on the Childhood of a Great American Artist
978-0-399-55238-0
Award-winning and bestselling author Candace Fleming delivers a stunning picture-book based on the childhood of artist and sculptor Joseph Cornell, sure to beguile aspiring artists and collectors of all ages.
$17.99 US
Feb 27, 2018
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
36 Pages
Schwartz & Wade
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Vincent Can't Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky
978-1-101-93710-5
A gorgeous, lyrical picture book biography of Vincent van Gogh by the Caldecott Honor team behind The Noisy Paint Box.
$17.99 US
Oct 03, 2017
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Keith Haring: The Boy Who Just Kept Drawing
978-0-525-42819-0
A picture book celebrating the life and art of iconic pop artist Keith Haring, as told by his sister Kay.
$17.99 US
Feb 14, 2017
9 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Dial Books
Age 5-8 years
Grades K-3

Kid Artists
True Tales of Childhood from Creative Legends
978-1-59474-896-7
From the team that brought young readers KID ATHLETES and KID PRESIDENTS comes KID ARTISTS, a lively look into the childhoods of the world's most renowned artists.
$13.99 US
Aug 09, 2016
5-1/2 x 8
Hardcover
208 Pages
Quirk Books
Age 9-12 years
Grades 4-7

Magic Trash
A Story of Tyree Guyton and His Art
978-1-58089-386-2
This uplifting nonfiction story about community-based Detroit artist Tyree Guyton introduces the use of recycled items in art and how one person can make a big difference in the lives of young people.
$7.95 US
Jan 06, 2015
9 x 9
Paperback
32 Pages
Charlesbridge
Age 5-8 years
Grades K-3

The Noisy Paint Box: The Colors and Sounds of Kandinsky's Abstract Art
978-0-307-97848-6
A vibrant picture-book biography of abstract painter Wassily Kandinsky.
$17.99 US
Feb 11, 2014
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 4-8 years
Preschool - 3

Meeting Cezanne
978-0-7636-4896-1
From the author of War Horse comes a gentle, evocative story of a young city boy’s summer in 1960s rural Provence.When Yannick learns that he is to stay with his aunt Mathilde and her family in the South of France, he cannot believe his luck. He has rarely been out of Paris, and if the paintings in his mother’s beloved Cézanne book are to be believed, surely Provence is paradise itself. So begins an idyllic month for the young city boy: roaming the gentle hills and rolling valleys and daydreaming about his beautiful cousin Amandine; helping at his aunt and uncle’s bustling village inn; feeling that he has come to the most wonderful place in the world. But one evening the spell is broken when an important local comes for dinner and Yannick accidentally destroys a precious drawing the man leaves behind. How can the devastated Yannick make things right again — and what surprising discoveries might come of it?
$15.99 US
Oct 08, 2013
Hardcover
80 Pages
Candlewick
Age 7-10 years
Grades 2-5

A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin
978-0-375-86712-5
A stunning picture-book biography of African American painter Horace Pippin from a Caldecott Honor-winning team.
$17.99 US
Jan 08, 2013
8-1/2 x 11
Hardcover
40 Pages
Knopf Books for Young Readers
Age 5-8 years
Grades K-3