Stories & Stuff
Let us educate and entertain you! Kids and kids-at-heart can have an art-themed story read to them, along with the ability to download creative art stuff, like coloring pages and projects. And the best part? You can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home!
“Uncle Andy’s” by James Warhola
James’ dad collects junk and his mother complains, but when they visit Uncle Andy the artist in New York City, James learns how junk can become art.
“Lines That Wiggle” by Candace Whitman
Follow the glittery and textural lines that run through this picture book as we read you the rhyming verses. This catchy, interactive story is brought to life by a host of zany creatures!
“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson
One evening Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with an oversize purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Full of funny twists and surprises, this charming story shows just how far your imagination can take you.
“The Art Teacher is Weird” by Geoff Schmidt
Listen along as our curator of education reads you this 47% true story. “The Art Teacher is Weird” is a picture book for fans of goofy poetry and oddball illustrations.
“Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!” by Sarah Suzuki and Ellen Weinstein
Growing up in the mountains of Japan, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) dreamed of becoming an artist. One day, she had a vision in which the world and everything in it—the plants, the people, the sky—were covered in polka dots.
“The Cat and The Bird” by Paul Klee
A treasured painting by Paul Klee is the basis for this whimsical tale about a cat and a bird and the themes of freedom and friendship.
“The Very Quiet Cricket” by Eric Carle
A little cricket has lost his song – he rubs his wings together and nothing happens. He sets off to find his voice and meets all kinds of creatures who make all kinds of noises.
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle
The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a picture book written and illustrated by Eric Carle. It follows the life cycle of a caterpillar as it starts by coming out of its egg, all the way to becoming a butterfly. It teaches the days of the week and counting up to five.
“Action Jackson” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jane Jordan
Nicknamed “Action Jackson” for his kinetic style, abstract artist Jackson Pollack takes the spotlight in this picture book biography. The story centers around a significant period in Pollack’s life in 1950, when he created Number 1, 1950 (also called Lavender Mist), one of his most famous paintings.
“The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau” by Michelle Markel
Henri Rousseau wanted to be an artist. But he had no formal training. Instead, he taught himself to paint. He painted until the jungles and animals and distant lands in his head came alive on the space of his canvases.
“ish” by Peter H. Reynolds
A creative spirit learns that thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right” in this gentle fable about art and creating.
“The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires
A charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing!” But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. But she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.
This book is likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.
“I Don’t Draw, I Color” by Adam Lehrhaupt
Listen as we tell you about the power of color in this exploration of creativity. It’s sure to inspire readers and budding artists, alike!
Every color has a feeling, just like we do.
Yellow makes us feel happy.
Dark blue can make us feel sad.
Red can seem angry.
Black can look scary.
What color do you feel like today?
“When Pigasso Met Mootisse” by Nina Laden
What begins as a neighborly overture escalates into a mess. Two artists become fierce rivals and build a fence between them. But when they paint opposite sides of the fence, they unknowingly create a modern art masterpiece and learn it’s their friendship that is the true work of art.
“Louise Loves Art” by Kelly Light
Meet Louise. Louise loves art more than anything. It’s her imagination on the outside. She is determined to create a masterpiece—her pièce de résistance! Louise also loves Art, her little brother. This is their story.