Top 10 Best Art Books for Children

Children will love getting stuck into some arts and crafts with these inspiring, exciting and vibrant art books. Ordered by target age, see below for the best art books for children.

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1. Smart Art

Annie Simpson | 3+

This innovative lift-the-flap art book is bursting with beautiful illustrations and is sure to inspire children to get creative! It features fun flaps, cut-through holes, tracing paper, newsprint paper, gatefolds and more, perfect for encouraging kids to use their imaginations and enjoy some exciting projects.

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2. Pixel Planet

5+

If your child is a fan of computer games, they'll love the pixelated patterns in this cool colouring book. This bumper book brings back memories of retro games and encourages children to colour in the fun designs, square by square. From adorable animals to awesome dinosaurs and plenty of other crazy characters, this epic book will appeal to anyone who loves computer games and colouring.

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3. Let's Sew

DK | 5+

This vibrant book provides the perfect introduction to sewing for beginners. From basic skills like threading a needle to running stitch and backstitch, it covers all the essentials and shows young sewers how they can use their new skills to create felt birds and butterflies, stylish bags, hobby horses and so much more. Children will love working their way through 12 easy projects and building on their sewing skills.

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4. The Usborne Big Book of Drawing, Doodling and Colouring

Fiona Watt | 6+

Children can let their imaginations run wild with this gorgeous and inspiring bumper book. Bursting with drawing, doodling and colouring activities, kids can colour in a range of unique and stunning scenes, finish lots of fun drawings, add unique details to doodles and infuse their pictures with their own special style. With endless ideas and opportunities to create modern, trendy and thoughtful pieces, children will be engrossed for hours.

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5. Best Friends Art

7+

This beautiful colouring book features mini heart-shaped felt-tip pens, captivating dual designs and a glittery cover. Designed to be shared, the pages feature identical patterns so kids can colour in simultaneously, complementing each other's art or creating something unique. This is a wonderful colouring book for best friends to enjoy together.

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6. The Children's Interactive Story of Art

Susie Hodge | 7+

Published in conjunction with the National Gallery, this comprehensive compendium will introduce young readers to the beauty and history of art. Endlessly engrossing, it covers the world's most famous paintings, focusing on the National Gallery's own incredible collection. There's even an exciting free app that allows children to create their very own virtual gallery from the comfort of their own home.

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7. The Book of Beasts: Colour and Discover

Angela Rizza | 7+

This magical book not only divulges everything you'd want to know about fantastical creatures and mythical beasts, but also gives you the chance to colour them in and embellish them however you like! Discover lots of fascinating facts on over 90 creatures, from snake-haired Gorgons to wicked werewolves and deadly dragons. The book comes with a mesmerising, gold-foiled cover.

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8. Anti Journal

David Sinden & Nikalas Catlow | 7+

This is no ordinary journal - it's an Anti Journal... and that means plenty of anarchic, therapeutic and creative fun. It encourages children to complete the pages however they like - the more imaginative and unconventional the better! Create only with your feet; describe yourself in colour; produce an image from your phone number - anything is possible. This unique book inspires kids to use a pen, pencil, paintbrush, or any old odds and ends found around the house, to create awesome artwork. Kids can even use their emotions as inspiration.

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9. Art Activity Book

Sam Baer | 7+

Inspire a love of art in your child with this amazing activity book. It features a number of famous paintings, accompanied by exciting projects and puzzles that will help develop children's understanding of key elements in a fun and interactive way, including colour and composition. It also includes a selection of super stickers, making this a fantastic introduction to the world of fine art.

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10. Usborne Art Colouring & Sticker Book

Rosie Dickins | 8+

This wonderfully interactive book has been published in association with London's National Gallery and features some of the most famous masterpieces from their collection of paintings. Children are able to colour in the artworks and embellish them with stickers, whilst also developing a deeper understanding and appreciation of art. There are also fun puzzles to complete!

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  • BTFA 7 years +
    7 years +
    (1)
    • £2.99
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £6.00
    With mini heart-shaped felt-tip pens, stunning dual designs and a glittered cover, this colouring book is great for children to work on together.

    Designed so it can be shared, the book has identical patterns on each page of each spread so children can colour in at the same time or both create something unique.

    A great gift for creative children who like to share.
  • ACAS 8 years +
    Rosie Dickins
    8 years +
    (2)
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £8.00
    This brilliantly interactive book has been published in association with London's National Gallery and features some of the best-known works from their collection of paintings.

    Children will be able to colour in the pieces of art and add stickers to them while also developing a deeper understanding of - and appreciation for - art. There are also write-in puzzles to complete!
  • ARTA 7 years +
    Sam Baer
    7 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    Help your children develop - and embrace - a love of art with this amazing write-in activity book.

    There are a number of famous paintings included within the pages and they're accompanied by creative projects and puzzles that will help further children's understanding of key elements like colour and composition in a fun and interactive way.

    With its interactive approach and a selection of stickers to stick, this is a fine introduction to the world of fine art.
  • LSEW 5 years +
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    Let's Sew provides the perfect introduction to sewing for budding beginners.

    From the initial skills of threading a needle and sewing on a button through to running stitch and backstitch, it covers all the basics and then shows young sewers how they can use these basic skills to make felt birds and butterflies, handy bags, hobby horses and much, much more.

    With its bright and bold artwork, the book is very appealing and children are sure to enjoy working their way through the 12 projects as they develop their sewing skills.
  • PIXE 5 years +
    Assorted
    5 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £11.99
    • Save £8.00
    If your children can't get enough of Minecraft, than they'll love to sit back and relax as they fill in the pixellated patterns featured in this colouring book, Pixel Planet.

    Coming in a bumper size, this book brings back memories of 1980s computer games and encourages children to colour the designs in, square by square.

    From cute animals to awesome dinosaurs and many other crazy characters including aliens, this is a cool book for anyone who loves colouring in and computer games.
  • CISA 9 years +
    9 years +
    • £3.99
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £11.00
    Published in conjunction with the National Gallery, this comprehensive guide will introduce young readers to the beauty of art.

    Endlessly fascinating, it covers the world's most famous paintings and focuses on the National Gallery's very own collection. There's even a free app for devices that allows children to create their very own virtual gallery at home.
  • Anti Journal - Hardback - 9781447288794 - David Sinden & Nikalas Catlow
    ATJR 7 years +
    David Sinden & Nikalas Catlow
    7 years +
    • £3.49
    • RRP £8.99
    • Save £5.50
    This is no ordinary journal - it's an Anti Journal... and it provides creative kids with an anarchic and therapeutic route to personal and artistic discovery.

    Encouraging children to complete the partially illustrated pages in imaginative and unconventional ways - create only with your feet; describe yourself in colour; create an image from your phone number - this book will inspire kids to pick up a pen, pencil or start painting and even make use of the many other odds and sods that are found the house including old clothes, bubble wrap, and junk.

    A very handy size to carry around, there are no rules to this journal - children will be happy to create, pattern, draw, stain, collage, construct and colour the pages. They can even use their own emotions for inspiration as they fill in the pages.
  • BKBS 7 years +
    Angela Rizza
    7 years +
    • £4.99
    • RRP £12.99
    • Save £8.00
    With its gold-foiled cover, The Book of Beasts not only tells you everything you would want to know about fantastical creatures and mythical monsters but also gives you the chance to colour them in whatever style you want.

    A gorgeous hardback for anyone excited about seeing the upcoming Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them film inspired by J.K. Rowling's stories, it provides information on everything from snake-haired Gorgons to wicked werewolves and dangerous dragons.

    Part-encyclopedia, part-colouring book, this will introduce you to over 90 creatures that are inspired by myths and fables and take you on an incredible journey through ancient lands and civilizations.
  • BDDC 6 years +
    6 years +
    (6)
    • £4.99
    • RRP £14.99
    • Save £10.00
    Children aged 6 plus who love expressing their imagination and creativity will be entertained for months with this super-big book bursting with drawing, doodling and colouring activities and pictures to complete.

    Colour in a range of appealing scenes, finish plenty of fun drawings, add unique detail to doodles and add your very own personal touch to the endless ideas and chances to create modern, stylish and thoughtfully designed pieces in this entertaining book from the experts at Usborne.
  • SART 3 years +
    Annie Simpson
    3 years +
    (1)
    • £3.99
    • RRP £9.99
    • Save £6.00
    Bursting with stunning illustrations to inspire children aged 3+ to get creative, Smart Art is an innovative lift-the-flap art book that will help them harness their creativity and have fun!

    Packed with tons of features including flaps to lift, cut-through holes, tracing paper, newsprint paper and gatefolds, Smart Art's unique format will help them run away with their imagination. A perfect gift for creative kids!