I bought The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds recently and thought it was wonderful.
It’s about a young girl who doesn’t think she can draw, but who has an amazing art teacher who encourages her creativity and artistic self-confidence.
Maia enjoys The Dot and wants to read it several times in a sitting, but the book is really aimed at older kids and even adults. Maia, of course, hasn’t gotten to the stage where she might question her drawing ability and I hope that she never does.
I worried a little (as I worry about everything!) that by reading her a book about a child who doesn’t think she can draw that I might be introducing the concept to her. But in the end I decided that the book is really about a girl who grows tremendously in creativity and confidence and who goes on to draw and paint enough for a whole art show.
And really, I shouldn’t worry so much!
The Dot is a book about creativity
And is written to encourag artistic self confidence.
Update: We now have and love all of Peter Reynolds’ books!
(We bought ours separately, as they became available, but now you can also buy them as a special Creatrilogy box set.)
More picture books about art
- Willow :: A Children’s Picture Book About Art and Imagination
- Beautiful Oops Book and Drawing Activity
- The Dot :: A Book about Creativity and Confidence
- A Circle Art Activity Inspired by The Dot
- Sky Color :: A Children’s Picture Book about Creativity
- Ish by Peter Reynolds
- Best Kids Picture Books to Inspire Children’s Art
- Art Books for Toddlers :: The Mini Masters Board Books
- I Spy Shapes in Art
- 5 Picture Books to Inspire Creativity