Storybook Art


Enhance reading skills with hands-on art projects.  Children explore their favorite storybooks in a new way by imitating their art with the 100 engaging and simple art projects included in this celebration of children’s book illustrators.  144 pages illustrated throughout.

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Storybook Art is a hands-on activity book by MaryAnn Kohl and co-author Jean Potter – an excellent resource for reading, writing and literature enrichment.

Featured are famous and award-winning storybook illustrators from the 1930s to present: Good Night Moon‘s Clement Hurd, Corduroy‘s Don Freeman, Olivia‘s Ian Falconer, and more…along with biographical information, open-ended art projects, and portraits created by grade school children. Techniques included in the hands-on projects range from pinting and drawing, to cutting, collage, construction and crafts. For example..

  • kids imitate Jackson Pollock’s work with a “Jackson Piglet Wall Painting” inspired by the book Olivia
  • kids create a “Photo Story” from children’s photos similar to the book Sugaring Time
  • …and many more!

Click here for a sample activity from this book, from the Bright Ring Publishing website.

The sample project features the book Marshmallow, illustrated by Clare Turlay Newberry, and encourages children to imitate Newbery’s illustration style through an exploration of charcoal sketching.

The book includes an extensive resource guide of illustrator web sites, art materials, and supplies listed by project is provided, as well as complete book information for the featured illustrators’ work.