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Art book Inspirations


David Bowie (Little People, Big Dreams) Hardcover – 6 May 2019

by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Author), Ana Albero (Illustrator)

Discover the life of David Bowie, the starman who dazzled audiences with his music in this new Little People, Big Dreams title. As a child, young David had a head full of songs and ideas. 


Art Making with MoMA , from educators at The Museum of Modern Art, New York, presents twenty interactive activities that invite kids (and adults!) to discover the materials and techniques of modern and contemporary artists. 


Press the yellow dot on the cover of this interactive children's book, follow the instructions within, and embark upon a magical journey! Each page of this surprising touch book instructs the reader to push the button...


Mix It Up! Hardcover – 22 October 2014

by Hervé Tullet (Author)

From the creator of Press Here comes a joyful exploration of colour that will enchant young and old. Use your hand to mix up the colours. It's like magic.


Stripes, polka dots, plaid, chevron, and more are featured in this first-ever patterns concept book that provides readers with the vocabulary to name what they see in the world around them. The ten most prevalent patterns are presented first as a single element...


Patterns of Australia represents a series of Australian landscapes and habitats in “patterns”, as seen through the eyes of acclaimed indigenous artist Bronwyn Bancroft. Each landscape contains animals, birds, plants and flowers particular to that landscape hidden within...


This one-of-a-kind book explores the life and art of Keith Haring from his childhood through his meteoric rise to fame. It sheds light on this important artist's great humanity, his concern for children, and his disregard for the establishment art world.


Tadpole's Promise Hardcover – 17 May 2005

by Jeanne Willis (Author), Tony Ross (Illustrator)

Where the willow tree meets the water, a tadpole met a caterpillar.

They gazed into each other's tiny eyes...and fell in love.


Under the Love Umbrella Hardcover – 27 February 2017

by Davina Bell (Author), Allison Colpoys (Illustrator)

Whatever you fear, come close my dear
You're tucked in safe for always here
And I will never not be near
Because of our love umbrella.


Matisse’s Garden Hardcover – 1 October 2014

by Samantha Friedman (Author)

One day, Henri Matisse (1869-1954) cut a small bird out of a piece of white paper. It was a simple shape, but he liked the way it looked and didn't want to throw it away, so he pinned it to the wall of his room. But the bird looked lonely all by itself, so he cut out more shapes to join it...


Frida Kahlo (Little People Big Dreams) Hardcover – 1 May 2016

by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara (Author), Eng Gee Fan (Author)

Learn all about the life of inspiring Mexican painter Frida Kahlo, in this new addition to the lively biography picture book series Little People, Big Dreams. In this new series, discover the lives of outstanding people from designers and artists to scientists. All of them went on to achieve incredible things, yet all of them began life as a little child with a dream.


The book has seven spreads, each with a verse and a pop-up of different geometrical and abstract forms. Scattered among the pop-ups are hearts, some tiny and some large. There are hearts dangling from strings, hearts hidden in a forest, and hearts captured by the colors of the rainbow.


A beautifully told art story for children, looking at Vincent van Gogh's life through his masterpieces. Accompanied by stunning original illustrations from Edith Carron.


The Pencil Paperback – 1 April 2018

by Allan Ahlberg (Author), Bruce Ingman (Author)

The acclaimed duo behind The Runaway Dinner and Previously imagine the comical world that comes to life when a pencil starts to draw…“A hilarious and utterly enchanting new classic” The Times A special 10th anniversary edition of a modern classic, The Pencil is a playful, witty, wonderfully quirky story about the power of imagination.


Dot Paperback – 1 November 2004

by Peter H. Reynolds (Author)

One little dot marks the beginning of Vashti's journey of surprise and self-discovery in Peter H. Reynolds' multiple award-winning modern classic.In this inspiring, award-winning story of self-expression and creativity from Peter H. Reynolds, illustrator of Ish and the Judy Moody series, Vashti thinks she can't draw. 


This colourful children's book tells the story of the renowned artist Yayoi Kusama and her quest to cover the world in polka dots - from here to infinity! Growing up in the mountains of Japan, Yayoi Kusama dreamed of becoming an artist.


A River Paperback – 19 June 2017

by Marc Martin (Author)

So begins an imaginary journey from the city to the sea. From factories to farmlands, freeways to forest, each new landscape is explored through stunning illustrations and poetic text from this award-winning picture-book creator.


Andy Web lived at the National Gallery. His dream was to exhibit there one day. This delightful story is about creative passion and the quest for artistic self-expression. How will Andy achieve his dream of exhibiting? Will he ever be able to work in colour?

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