Friday, July 30, 2021

20 Multicultural Children’s Books about Female Artists

20 Multicultural Children’s Books about Female Artists

Summer is quickly coming to an end for MommyMaestra. I usually try to take July off to regroup and relax, but this year that's been difficult. So much is going on and I'm getting a lot of messages from families feeling the pressure in relation to the coming school year.
So I'd like to end this month with a post that is positive and fun and that shares resources easy to find or purchase. 

There's been a lot of attention recently on the Olympics (obviously!) and especially on the women athletes for various reasons. I watch them in action and yes, they are remarkable athletes, but I am also struck by the artistry that so many of them exhibit (i.e., gymnastics floor exercise). That led me to think about female artists in general.  

There are not nearly enough lesson plans or resources that focus on female artists. So we've put together a list of 20 multicultural children’s books about female artists. We've tried to keep the list as diverse as possible, and I think they would ALL be great reads for any family. 

I encourage you to ask for these titles at your local library or independent bookstore (support local businesses!). But I have included Amazon affiliate links in case this isn't an option for you and ordering online is.

Enjoy learning about these remarkable women!

20 Picture Books about Female Artists

Painters & Illustrators

Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos

by Monica Brown

Through Georgia's Eyes

Through Georgia's Eyes
by Rachel Rodriguez

Yayoi Kusama Covered Everything in Dots and Wasn't Sorry.

by Fausto Gilberti

Wanda Gag: The Girl Who Lived to Draw

by Deborah Kogan Ray

Art From Her Heart: Folk Artist Clementine Hunter

by Kathy Whitehead

Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire

Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

by Michelle Markel

The Girl Who Drew Butterflies: How Maria Merian's Art Changed Science

by Joyce Sidman

It Began with a Page: How Gyo Fujikawa Drew the Way

by Kyo Maclear


by Amy Novesky


by Jeanette Winter

Maya Lin: Artist-Architect of Light and Lines

by Jeanne Walker Harvey


Ruth Asawa: A Sculpting Life

by Joan Schoe

Cloth Lullaby: The Woven Life of Louise Bourgeois

by Amy Novesky 


Tallchief: America's Prima Ballerina


Women in Art: 50 Fearless Creatives Who Inspired the World

by Rachel Ignotofsky

13 Women Artists Children Should Know

by Bettina Shuemann

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