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Unlock your inner artist with the carefully chosen books in our Art and Artists special section. Great, practical books to help kids to get creative...books to help parents introduce children to the world of art and artists. There's something for all kids from 3+.

Creative Craft with Kids 15 Fun Projects to Make from Fabric and Paper
Jane Foster
Jane Foster runs Jane Foster Designs – her prints, cushions, mugs and soft toys, with their gorgeous retro 1970s' designs, are easy to spot and super stylish. There are fifteen different projects to make with or for children in this... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 08/01/2015
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Tell Me a Picture
Quentin Blake
As the first Children's Laureate, Quentin Blake created an original exhibition in the National Gallery, London for which he chose 26 of his favourite pictures. Some were illustrations from children's books, others were pictures by artists such as Edward Hopper... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/06/2016
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Little Collectors: Animal Art Make Art from Nature
Jenny Bowers
Spring is approaching, the perfect time to get kids away from screens and outdoors, and this clever activity pack will do just that. Its attractive 24 page book is full of ideas on ways to have and record adventures, whether... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 02/06/2016
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Get into Art: Stories Discover Great Art - and Create Your Own!
Susie Brooks
Get into Art Stories explores a fascinating array of pictures that tell stories, from battle scenes to fairy tales to timeless myths, from artists as diverse as Edward Hopper, Matisse, L. S. Lowry and the creators of the Bayeux Tapestry.... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 12/03/2015
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Art and Max
David Wiesner
Award-winning illustrator David Wiesner celebrates different kinds of creativity in this beautifully illustrated and wittily observed story of friendship. Friends Art and Max both love painting; Max is just a beginner and his experiments to get it right take the... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/03/2015
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Cool Art 50 Fantastic Facts for Kids of All Ages
Simon Armstrong
Much more than a basic history of art, this fascinating book will teach you how colour works, how to have a profound experience in an art gallery, and where to see the best art in the world. Packed with intriguing... Featured in: 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/07/2014
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I am an Artist
Marta Altes
This is the perfect book for anyone who loves making art – and making a mess particularly if there's a boy involved! A sharp, silly, fabulously funny book, which shows that Art is EVERYWHERE! Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 05/06/2014
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Get Into Art: People Discover great art - and create your own!
Susie Brooks
Get into Art! People explores a fascinating array of portraiture artworks from artists as diverse as Leonardo, Suerat, Picasso, Breughel and Munch. Each artwork is paired with an art activity for children to do themselves from the inspiration they gain... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/04/2014
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Get Into Art: Animals Discover great art - and create your own!
Susie Brooks
Get into Art! Animals explores a fascinating array of animal artworks from artists as diverse as Degas, Matisse and Braque. Susie Brooks has come up with a brilliant new way for active young artists aged 7+ of all abilities, as... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 10/04/2014
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How to Draw England
Mark Bergin
How to Draw England features step-by-step instructions showing how to draw many of England's most recognised landmarks, including Stonehenge, Angel of the North, Hadrian's Wall, Eden Project and even people such as the iconic England cricketer as well as some... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2014
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How to Draw Scotland
Mark Bergin
How to Draw Scotland is part of the Art School in a Book series and features step-by-step instructions showing how to draw many of Scotland's well-known landmarks. Including Edinburgh Castle, Balmoral and Holyrood Palace as well as some well-known Scottish... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 04/04/2014
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Tanks and Military Vehicles
Mark Bergin
This comprehensive drawing handbook which is part of Mark Bergin's Art School in a Book, How to Draw series, covers all aspects of drawing tanks including essential concepts such as light, tone and composition. There is even details of a... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2014
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London
Mark Bergin
With its clear step-by-step labelled drawings, this is an essential book for any budding artist who would like to master the art of drawing some of London's best-loved landmarks and icons including Buckingham Palace, St Paul's Cathedral, Big Ben and... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2014
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My Very First Sticker Art Gallery
Sam Lake
Step inside this fantastic Sticker Art Gallery, where there is plenty to do and it is perfect for introducing young children to famous art and artists. Explore artorks on display from the 1400s right up to the present day and... Featured in: 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2014
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Famous Artists Sticker Book
Megan Cullis
Presents an interactive way of finding out about the lives and work of some of the world's most famous artists. This title is packed with information about the biggest names in art, including Van Gogh, Dali, Monet, Warhol, and others. Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2014
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Book of Famous Artists
Rosie Dickins
This book tells the story, both lives and works, of 35 of the world's most famous artists, including van Gogh, Monet, Picasso, Dali, Pollock and Warhol. It includes reproductions of the artists' creations, as well as photographs of the artists... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2014
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The Very Hungry Caterpillar Doodle Book
Eric Carle
2014 is the Very Hungry Caterpillar's 45th anniversary. A wonderful doodle book with pages of creative fun with all of Eric Carle's artwork including of course the Very Hungry Caterpillar. Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 06/03/2014
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Horses
Mark Bergin
This comprehensive drawing handbook covers all aspects of drawing horses, including essential concepts such as perspective and construction lines. With its clear step-by-step labelled drawings, this is an essential book for any budding artist who would like to master the... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2013
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Famous Paintings
Rosie Dickins
This title is part of the absolutely excellent MY VERY FIRST ART series from Usborne. This title and its sister titles in the series are a great introduction for young children to art and this one is particuarly good in... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Spiral bound | Released 01/04/2013
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I Am an Artist!
Marta Altes
This is the perfect book for anyone who loves making art – and making a mess particularly if there's a boy involved! A sharp, silly, fabulously funny book, which shows that Art is EVERYWHERE! Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 14/02/2013
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The Interactive Art Book
Frank Whitford
The interactive element of the book means that every time you turn a page there is a surprise or something new to see – and as a result, The Interactive Art Book can be returned to again and again over... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 15/10/2012
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Look! Really Smart Art
Gillian Wolfe
The fifth book in an innovative series by the distinguished Director of Learning and Public Affairs at the world-renowned Dulwich Picture Gallery introduces children to visual tricks of the trade in art from around the world. Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/02/2013
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The Art Book For Children
Ruggi Gilda Williams
This children's edition - The Art Book for Children Book One (The White Book) -of Phaidon's 'The Art Book', presents 30 of the most significant artists and engaging works of art from all periods - each artist featured on a... Featured in: 7+ readers | 11+ readers | 5+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 20/09/2005
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Complete Book of Art Ideas
Fiona Watt
Filled with ideas for painting, drawing and collage, this title encourages children of all ages to explore and develop their artistic techniques. It helps children to explore the uses of a range of materials including chalk, paint and pencil, elastic... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Spiral bound | Released 25/09/2009
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Big Book of Things to Draw
Fiona Watt
Thus inspiring book is packed full of creative ideas for anyone who wants to draw. Simple step by step instructions - on technique, on materials and on method - on how to draw animals, buildings, people and cartoons as well... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Spiral bound | Released 30/07/2010
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How to Talk to Children About Modern Art
Francoise Barbe-Gall
How to Talk to Children about Modern Art examines 30 fascinating works by modern and contemporary artists, from Gustav Klimt's Kiss of 1907 to Tim Noble and Sue Webster's British Wildlife of 2000, in galleries around the world. The book... Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback | Released 14/06/2012
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How to Talk to Children About Art
Francoise Barbe-Gall
This is a children's art book for grown-ups to share with their children. A wonderful guide it offers a series of talking points - according to three age ranges - about 30 famous paintings by great artists, from the early... Featured in: For Parents
Format: Paperback | Released 01/03/2005
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Steampunk Characters
Mark Bergin
Create your own cast by following the advice in this easy-to-follow guide to drawing favourite steampunk characters. Steampunk, with its fantastic technology powered only by steam and clockwork, is such a clever and creative idea. The characters of who inhabit... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2014
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Steampunk Machines
Mark Bergin
Steampunk worlds where old and new technologies are fused to create fabulous new opportunities have been delighting readers in titles such as Philip Reeve's Mortal Engines as well as in classics by the likes of H.G. Wells. This guide shows... Featured in: 9+ readers | 11+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/01/2014
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Snail Trail In Search of a Modern Masterpiece
Jo Saxton
One of our Books of the Year 2013 Snail Trail introduces very young children to the magical world of modern art using delightful rhyming text. Written by an art historian, art concepts are introduced in an accessible and appealing way... Featured in: 3+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 02/05/2013
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Doggy Dog
Chris Raschka
The THINGY THINGS are Chris Raschka at his best - short, sweet and hilarious. Featured in: Baby and Toddler
Format: Hardback | Released 01/09/2014
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An Artist's Alphabet
Norman Messenger
This stunning, beautifully produced book is from Walker Studio whose aim is to produce “books for book lovers” and this will surely spark an interest in those from the very young to the very old. Very much a visual book,... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 06/10/2016
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The Museum
Susan Verde
With exhuberant illustrations by bestselling illustrator Peter Reynolds, The Museum playfully captures the many emotions experienced from the power of art by a little girl who tours and twirls through the halls of an art museum. It's a wonderfully inspirational... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/03/2013
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Print It!
Traci Bunkers
We love this series of four books - Print It!, Draw It!, Paint It! and Make It! - under the Art Smart umbrella. Each book is wonderfully inspirational with an incredibly clear 'how to' approach. Children aged 5+ will have... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2012
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Make It!
Melanie Grimshaw
We love this series of four books - Print It!, Draw It!, Paint It! and Make It! - under the Art Smart umbrella. Each book is wonderfully inspirational with an incredibly clear 'how to' approach. Children aged 5+ will have... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2012
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23 Ways to be a Great Artist
Jennifer McCully
Full of practical ideas and easy-to-follow suggestions for creating accomplished art projects, this book take works by leading artists as inspiration. So, Jennifer McCully describes Jackson Pollock's huge, paint-spattered canvases and shows how you can use his technique and approach... Featured in: 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 15/10/2015
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Meeting Cezanne
Michael Morpurgo
This is a gentle, evocative story of a young Parisian boy's summer in 1960s rural Provence. This book is beautifully illustrated inside and out by one of France's finest illustrators. Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/05/2014
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Draw It!
Wendy Walker
We love this series of four books - Print It!, Draw It!, Paint It! and Make It! - under the Art Smart umbrella. Each book is wonderfully inspirational with an incredibly clear 'how to' approach. Children aged 5+ will have... Featured in: 7+ readers | 5+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 01/10/2012
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Make Your Mark The Drawing Book for Children
Sarah Richardson
Unlike so many practical art books, which tend to be dreary and poorly designed, Make Your Mark is as visually stimulating as it is thought-provoking and fun to use. Drawing on her extensive experience of teaching art to both adults... Featured in: 9+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 16/04/2012
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The Artistic Ape Three Million Years of Art
Desmond Morris
Filled with stunning photos of key art objects spanning the timeline of three million years, The Artistic Ape offers a unique perspective and expert insight into two universal subjects: art and anthropology. Desmond Morris (author of course of the hugely... Featured in: 11+ readers | 13+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 03/10/2013
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Draw it! Colour it! Beasts
Various Authors
The eagerly anticipated follow-up to Draw it! Colour it! Creatures, this second, stunning Macmillan activity book for all ages is your chance to join in and complete a drawing with a bestselling artist. Not only is this a book... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 08/09/2016
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Doodle Magic Animals
Jake McDonald
Doodle never-ending animal artworks on the reusable luminous screen, then test your drawing skills in the fun-packed activity pages, and finally complete three awesome papercraft projects. Complete with more than 50 drawing and colouring activities, Doodle Magic Animals is packed... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Hardback | Released 21/09/2016
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Zen Doodling
Carolyn Scrace
Zen doodlers come in many different guises; some hide their passion for zen doodling under a bushel whilst others are happy to tell the world. But, if you're new to this ever more popular activity (it's not a craze as... Featured in: 11+ readers | 7+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/04/2013
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Zen Doodle Mandala
Carolyn Scrace
Zen Doodling not only releases creativity, the repetitive nature of the designs focus one's mind and encourages a sense of inner calm and tranquillity, thereby aiding meditation. This book is full of inspiration and ideas to take your doodles further... Featured in: 13+ readers | 11+ readers | 9+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2014
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Drawing Robots
Scrace Carolyn
Featuring all kinds of robots, this title is packed full of inspiring ideas for your child to use to create entirely new artworks of their own. Art Works are a great way to start learning how to draw. Each title... Featured in: 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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Drawing Fairies and Mermaids
Carolyn Scrace
From fairies to mermaids, this title is packed full of inspiring ideas for your child to use to create entirely new artworks of their own. Art Works are a great way to start learning how to draw. Each title features... Featured in: 5+ readers | 3+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 01/06/2015
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Draw it! Animals
Sally Kindberg
The fantastic 'Draw it!' series from Sally Kindberg has fun and quirky doodles for every occasion. Perfect for every journey, rainy afternoon or holiday, each book is packed full of awesome things to draw and colour, guaranteed to get every... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 07/05/2015
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Draw It
Sally Kindberg
This fantastic book from Sally Kindberg has weird and wonderful doodles for every occasion. Perfect for every journey, rainy afternoon or holiday, this book is packed full of fun and wacky things to draw and colour, guaranteed to get every... Featured in: 5+ readers | 7+ readers
Format: Paperback | Released 20/06/2013
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With the holidays looming on the horizon, why not plan some time for some art and some artists and perhaps include a trip to a local art gallery? It’s a great way to fire their imagination for painting and drawing. To help them get the most out of it we have range of practical books suitable for a variety of ages, and other lovely books that will ‘help the whole family get into art’ …

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