Monday, August 11, 2014

An Artsy Book For Everyone: August Is Art Appreciation Month 2014

Did you know that August is Art Appreciation Month?  Neither did I until a few days ago, and that inspired this guide for the bookish family that would love to celebrate art appreciation month, with an art-themed book suggestion for everyone in the brood.

Baby-Age 2:  Our favorite of the Mini Masters series is Sunday with Seurat by Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober.  It has cute rhymes paired with Seurat's impressionist paintings to weave a relaxing and cute story in just a few pages.  The books in this series have remained favorites since before our little one was born, we all treasure these and the sweet little blip of art we get to share while reading.

Age 3-5: Vincent's Colors.  This is a gorgeous book compiled by the Metropolitan Museum of Art complete with excerpts from Van Gogh's letters to his brother about his paintings.  I love it. A lot.  We've also had this on in our library since before the little one got here, but with page ripping ability at level maximum, we put this on the high shelf and only allow access when with an adult.

Age 5-8:  The Magical Garden of Claude Monet by Laurence Anholt is a really great introduction to Monet for any child who is interested in art, or any parent for that matter.  Laurence Anholt tells a cute story about a city girl visiting the countryside interweaving art history and language along the way.  It's adorbs, guys.  Adorbs. And there are other titles in the series.
Age 8-12:  Under The Egg by Laura Marx Fitzgerald is a tale about a treasure hunt from a dying-grandfather that takes young Theodora all over Manhattan, including the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  It's a mystery and a fun story for middle grade readers everywhere.

Age 13-18:  Try Zero by Tom Leveen.  Set in Phoenix with a main character who discovers both herself and blossoms her artistic talent, this coming-of-age story is sure to move and inspire.

Grown Ups: The Death Artist by by Jonathan Santlofer.  It's an art thriller by an in-real-life artist.  It's been out for over a decade, but give it a chance and see if you like the story about a former New York cop being framed for murders of people on the New York City art circuit.

Non-Fiction: Priceless: How I Went Undercover To Rescue The World's Stolen Treasures by Robert K. Wittman.

Website: Saatchiart. It's a great way to discover new artists and peruse art that's on the market today - whether you're dreaming about owning a piece, or a serious buyer, this is the website for you to check out and view art that's new and exciting and maybe, perhaps, just discover an emerging artist you adore.

Now that you have a lead on some reading for everyone in your house, enjoy the rest of Art Appreciation month!   Come back and tell us what you thought, or leave another suggestion for any age group below in the comments. 

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