Great Giveaway: Non-Fiction Resources for Your Art Room!


This giveaway is closed for entries. The winner is Clare. Congratulations!

Today I reviewed a number non-fiction resources for your art room. To help you decide which would be best for your classroom, we’ve decided to give one lucky winner a book from each series plus two bonus books! The prize pack includes…

From the Series

  1. Getting to Know the World’s Greatest Artists: Faith Ringgold by Mike Venezia
  2. Smart About Art: Edgar Degas: Paintings That Dance by Kristin N. Cole
  3. Dropping in on Andy Warhol by Pamela Geiger Stephens
  4. Artists in Their Time: Frida Kahlo by Jill A. Laidlaw
  5. Who Was: Leonardo da Vinci by Roberta Edwards

Bonus Items

1. Matisse: The King of Color by Laurence Anholt – An engaging picture book that takes a look at Matisse’s life
2. Color Your Own Modern Art Masterpieces by Munice Hendler – A coloring book depicting 30 works of Modern Art for you to use with students or use yourself!


To Enter

  1. In the comments section, tell us how you would use these great resources in your classroom.
  2. NOTE: Be sure to sign in with your email address or social account when you fill out the comment form so we have a way to contact you if you are the lucky winner.
  3. This giveaway will be closed Friday, September 27th at Midnight, Central Time. The winner will be chosen by

Good luck and happy reading!

Amanda Heyn

Amanda is the Senior Editor at AOE. She has a background in teaching elementary art and enjoys working to bring the best ideas from the world of art ed. to the magazine each day. 


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  • Katie Schaefer

    Man! I’m excited about this. Sometimes it is so hard to find good non fiction art books for kids! I would use these in table groups. Each table could research and recreate an artwork in the artists style they research.

    I also love lending art books to my students to borrow!

  • Diana Fisher

    I would use these books for the lesson in which I have the students research an artist (and it is hard to find good books for this) and impersonate that artist for a younger class. They would also practice the artist they researched style of work. Thanks for researching and finding these great books!!!

  • Delia Lancaster

    I would use the books to introduce artists and their styles for various grade level. I would also put the books on display in the classroom library for free time reading . I would have my older students use them for background information when they do their birthday gift for an artist research projects. (They research an artist, create a presentation and then create something that they know that artist would like as a gift based on what they learned about the artist’s life and work).

  • Diana Villadolid

    My students range in age from three to fourteen. I can think of ways to use these resources for each grade level. My little people will sometimes have time at the end of a project to retrieve a book to view on the front carpet. Primary students sometimes have similar time but these books would make great introductions for new projects and to introduce concepts/artists. Our middle-school students would especially find the “Who Was” series helpful when working on their “Artist Research” projects.

  • Elizabeth C.

    I love using books in every art lesson that I teach! I find that it is a great way to get students engaged and curious about what we will be learning. It also provides a great time to discuss prior knowledge and student connections, and to get those creative juices flowing! Right now, I use mostly fiction books that tie into the concepts we’re learning, but I know that my students would enjoy non-fiction as well, since they always have awesome questions about artists that we study.

  • Rae Marie Trisko

    I also use a variety of books in my classes my school library orders the books for me and stores them in the library. That way my students can check them out for artist report research.

  • Janice Skivington Wood

    I use a variety of books to teach art. I am the only art teacher in a private classical school. I teach all the age groups from preschool to high school seniors. I am working out my own curriculum that focuses on an art history approach and always need a stack of books to go along with the lessons. I think I wear out my local library card with research and usually have a heavy bag of books to carry with me every day I teach. I hope someday for a budget to be able to spend on a permanent collection of books to keep in the art room.

  • vcrafty

    I teach K-2, and I have a classroom library. I let the student look at, draw from, and explore after they have compleated their work and clean up their supplies. I also like to use book for lesson creation. My books really get a work out, so new ones would be GREAT!!!

  • Lauren McClemens

    I teach 871 students each week and these non-fiction art books would be a great additional resource to teach my students about famous artists/art works. I would integrate the books into current and new lessons as well as have the books available in the “free choice” area to use when kids finish early:)

  • hjarrett

    This year one of my art education goals was to infuse more art history and artist biographies into my lessons. I teach at a rural school and have the privilege of teaching k-12 art. This year we have already explored Van Gogh and Jackson Pollock. Having more resources that are age appropriate would be an awesome. The younger students expecially love to read non fiction and building a center that included these and more would be great.

  • Marcia Becket

    These are nice! I use books to read aloud to introduce an artist. Thanks for the chance!

  • Kathleen Hanson

    Age appropriate books are difficult to purchase on a small budget. These books will be helpful in teaching parts of the curriculum using different resources.

  • Liz

    I would love to have any of these books for my classroom. I have found that books are a great way to inform students of artists and to reinforce what I am teaching in class whether it be techniques, styles, creativity, etc. For the lower grades, I always try to find a book that goes along with each lesson so I have something to start new lessons off with. I have had many parents who have generously donated great books to the art program, but I would love to add more.

  • Vicky Siegel

    I would love to have more non-fiction books in my art library! This year I added kindergarten art, and I read a book almost every class to my kindergarnters and first graders! I do not have the Faith Ringgold book yet by Mike Venezia. :)

  • Breanna Cashel

    I’d love to have more non-fiction in my art room library to get on board with Common Core!

  • Jenna McKnight

    Having more non-fiction in my classroom would be great! We do an artist research project and having more non-fiction would help out with this project. It would also help with our district/school goal and the common core

  • Jessie Jakumeit

    I would love more books to start of lessons. Stories are great hooks in to the subject.

  • Amanda May Moore

    High risk children and youth (K-12) living in an environment filled with poverty see the effects of this environment in their public school system. Working for the non-profit organization Branches, Inc. I make up for the places where funding lacks to provide in the public school system by teaching art and literacy after-school. In this community, the average high school student reads at a third grade level so these supplies would provide students the opportunity to practice vocabulary and reading comprehension while appreciate newfound knowledge of art. The children do not recognize the amount of education they are receiving when art is mixed with a literacy component, and these supplies would continue their educational growth in a creative way. Art has not only been a learning experience, but incredibly therapeutic, so if these children can continue to see beauty in a community of violence, I will continue to do so in all the ways I can.


  • Stephanie Needham

    I would love these books for my K-12 Art Room. I finf even the high school students love to look through books and get inspiration.

  • Ingrid

    Oh, my. I’m sure you are all inundated with the CC idea of NF reading! I would absolutely love these as a resource. I have a kids-access tiny library as one of the fast finishers activity choices in my room. I also read bios to the kiddos all the time.

  • Amber Bidinger

    Books are a great way for students to see the connection between reading and art. Being between 2 school and not having a computer or technology at either school makes if hard to show visuals. Having a limited budget at both buying books and prints is not always an option, and trying to print out pictures on computer paper doesn’t offer much to see. The books would be great to have to show artwork and artists lives tot he students. Some of the series I noticed were great at having kid-friendly content. Common Core is also a main part of our school curriculum. ELA, reading and writing is key and having the books to reference to would make including CC much more successful. Books and art are a great combo in the art room!

    • Amber Bidinger

      I also teach K-4 so all the series seem age appropriate.

  • Franklin Spence

    I’ve started TAB (Teaching for Artistic Behavior) and these books would be a great resource in my reading center for students who are between projects or looking for inspiration for a new project.

  • Sheryl Depp

    This would be perfect for my Learn About Artists station. This is where students read about different artists and answer questions on a worksheet that I developed for writing across the curriculum.

  • Ashley Hammond

    Non-fictions books are a great way to prove connections with Common Core in the Art Room! I would love to have any of these books!

  • Clare Butler

    Love having books in the art room! These books would go right in my Art Studio Library! So often when the kids are finished their work they love to go to the library and get a book and read! I would love to add some art books to that mix!

  • Rosanne Hansen

    I love using nonfiction sources in my classroom to teach my students about artists. I don’t have a projector in my room, so I have to use rely on books as my nonfiction source. Unfortunatly, I only have a couple good artist books, and don’t have money to buy more. These books would go a long way toward increasing knowledge of artists in my classroom, school, and community.

  • Keelinm

    I love to use books to introduce an artist an engage the students in a lesson. I also use the books to show examples of artwork and we talk about illustrators too. This is a great list of books. Thanks for the chance! –

  • Mrswilcox

    I would love to use these books at a center for my students to read independently. I would also use them as resources for their Famous Artist research.

  • Art_GottaLoveIt

    I love to use books to introduce a subject, to satisfy a student’s quest for further knowledge on a subject or to have in the art room for free choice reading or general information. It’s important for students to see the connection between art and literacy. I love to read them too!

  • rsmelko

    I would love these books to add to my art book section already hanging in my room. I use these book for students to choose as one of their free art activities. The book i have are also AR books so the kids can reach their reading goals, even in art class!

  • Dawn

    While a great resource for my own art room and students, I’d like to donate them to the Elementary classroom teachers at our school (we are a K-12 school in one building). At this time we don’t have a licensed art teacher, so the classroom teachers have to incorporate what they can when they can. I find that the kids experience a “hit or miss” type of art education by the time they arrive in my classroom, depending on the comfort level of the classroom teachers. If I can add a few resources to alleviate that discomfort, that would be great!

  • Mrs. P

    I would use these in my classrooms, but I would also share them with my undergrad students who are learning how to incorporate art into their general classrooms (so proud of them!). When done, I’d move them on to a more permanent home at my children’s elementary school where all the teachers could share them. Thanks! Mrs. P @ (email:

  • ArtwithMrsT

    I teach at-risk students who often suffer from learning deficits. This would be a wonderful addition to help them build their literacy skills as well as help me to fulfill more common core curriculum requirements. I would love these because my students really do have a desire to learn and they get very excited learning about the artists.

  • Jen

    I would love the opportunity to use these books in my classroom to teach my kindergarten through 8th grade students a some art history through the use of books that appeal to their age group and make learning fun!

  • Ms. “A”

    Thanks for the great resources! I have heard of and used several of these books, and would love the opportunity to use others in my K-8 ART classroom…the books sure pique the kids’ interest and provide information about the artists and their work and lives in an interesting, fun and always engaging way.

  • Melissa LaCour

    I am trying to build a library for the art room with great nonfiction resources like these as well as inspiring and engaging picture and chapter books. I have always loved reading and think it’s SO important to pass on this love to our students!

  • Colette Alexandra

    I try to include art history in as many of my lessons as possible, and I also often do read-alouds with my K-3 classes. I would love to use these books to introduce lessons and also include in the choice section for early finishers.

  • Jacqui Logan

    I am building my classroom library and use books daily with my art students. I am always on the hunt for new books. I love books! Thank you for the chance to add to my collection. Jacqui Logan.

  • Richelle Bower

    I am a second year Art teacher for two schools who didn’t have art teachers for their art education program. I have been trying to incorporate as much knowledge and info about artists as possible. My students love hearing about the lives of artists! Every month we try to talk bout a new artists! The students would delight in these books and they would make a great asset to my teaching!

  • Jennifer

    These are fantastic resources. I’m an administrator trying to move my school into full arts integration implementation, and resources like these could be used in the art room, or in ANY class room in our school.

  • Jen Matott

    I have a few books like these but I’d love to build my library so we can do short artist research without having to wait to sign out iPads or laptops (which classroom teachers tend to hog). I’d love to be able to say that I use non-fiction books in my classroom!!!

  • justine

    I am building a classroom library for my students who have had little access or exposure to art. Like most teachers, I have used my personal money to start the library and would love to expand it.

  • Mary L.

    What wonderful resources! I would love to add them to my classroom library. My students LOVE to look at and read the books about art and artists!!

  • da art lady

    Good Morning! As our school libraries do not have many art related books, I have begun to create a classroom library. Having three elementary campus locations, this gift would be awesome! It is a bit daunting and I carry enough from building to building already but the paperback editions add to the portability. THE ARTS ROCK and the books with the new literacy focus are just what I need!

  • Mrs. Petersen

    I would use these to enhance my classroom library. My students love having time to explore artists through literature!

  • Andrea St. John

    I LOVE books. I use books constantly when developing my lessons and include books in my lessons frequently. High school students still love Hello Red Fox and Pish Posh Hieronymus Bosch. My students also research artists throughout the year. Some of my special needs students need books at lowere reading levels.

  • Emily Valenza

    I would use these resources to extend art history and appreciation research projects to my younger elementary students (k-3).

    I will prepare these students to lead introduction lessons about a chosen artist or art movement! My students learn so much from each other, and when put in the teacher role, they gain a huge sense of pride and ownership of their learning!

    I’d like to encourage each student to teach their lesson from the point of view of their chosen artist, possibly taking on some personality traits, and using props from the classroom to get theatrical with the activity.

  • Angie Howie

    I would use them when introducing artists and their style of art. I have a few and they work great.

  • sarah

    I love the idea of extending my art library from just drawing books to reading/study books giving students who finish early choices on how to extend their learning either by investigating or practicing.

  • Heather C.

    With every grade level, we always spend one art time prior to beginning our art work to plan and research and sketch. These books would be a great addition to what I have so far. The more fine art I can expose my students to the better!

  • Melanie Nicosia Interdonato

    These books are a great way to introduce new artists in the classroom. What a cool giveaway!

  • Tammie Bruton Clark

    You could use them for background knowledge on the artist and then make artist trading cards related to the artist.

  • Andi Cates

    I always use books when starting a new project. I love being able to introduce students to artists.

  • Lori

    I love introducing my students to artist’s lives in addition to their artwork. What interesting lives artists lead! I believe the artists become much more real to my students this way and it gives them something to remember. These resources would be perfect for introducing artists in this way.

  • Wendi B

    Any of these books would work in my class “Art with the Masters” k-5 my favorites are Frida and Faith… I use stories to start a project and be inspired to do art…

  • Elizabeth

    Our APPR scores are tied to 1-3grade, so as a school, we are all incorporating more reading, and research into our class times. A challenge, but I find that the kids like reading something different. I also like to show the kids that we all reference things, it is how we learn.

  • Lisa

    I have so few books in my classroom except for the ones I’ve purchased with my own money. Our school is pushing literacy even more now that we just landed on the SINA list. :( I need more kid-friendly books that are easy to read and understand so my students can read more!!

  • abbyartnfun

    I have very few art books available in my art classroom in a new school that opened it the Bronx. My students love art but they have very little experience. We are an arts-focused school with children that need extra support in literacy. These books would make an amazing resource for my art room!

  • Tracy

    I have been working to expand my library each year. These books would help add breadth to my limited collection. I like to read aloud to my students as well as have the books available for students to read.

  • Suann Evans

    I love to use books to support lessons I teach. These books would help me grow my collection. It would also help me meet a non-fiction book push in my district as we work on common core standards.

  • Katie Stout

    I am a first year teacher, and working on trying to build a collection of great books to use in my classroom. The books I do have I try to make use of when talking about Art History (which is involved in each of my lessons in a way) since more are History of art books. I would love to have some more variety in books to be able to include more forms of literacy in to my curriculum!

  • D. McRea

    I teach K-12 Art in a rural Idaho school with an enrollment of approximately 65 students. Yes, that is the entire school. We have limited resources, but unlimited creativity and enthusiasm. Our nearest museum is in Idaho Falls, 125 miles away. I would use these resources to help expand my student’s conception of Art and creativity beyond our outdated library books and sadly infrequent field trips.

  • Barb

    I am in a parochial pre-8 school and just began teaching art to elementary grades (I was working with middle school age only). I love to make the literature connection with the students and am striving to work with other staff members to make art part of their cross-curricular plans. Having more trade book resources would be a great help in that respect.

  • Melinda

    This is just my second year teaching art. It would be great to have books to introduce artists and use in a center. My students could also earn points for our school’s accelerated reader program.

  • Kim Greer Schooler

    These would be a FABULOUS addition to my classroom. As an elementary teacher I am responsible for teaching all curricular areas. Making literary connections and being able to teach non fiction reading skills within the context of art would be a dream! They would serve as a perfect compliment to the learning of art I experienced when I visited Europe and took art classes.

    I really hope I win!

  • Lisa Hoffman Harris

    I just transferred to another school with very few non fiction resources for art, after I had just spent the last 12 years building up my resources at my first school. These are fabulous resources with which I am already familiar and would love the opportunity to build up my new school’s collection!

  • Jeanne M. Loveland

    I have been using many of these books for many different art education programs that our art center runs – an art outreach program in area schools, art & book program for families, and summer art camp. I would love to continue adding to our library and be able to build a children’s art library in our center. I love the Mike Venezia books and video series.

  • Kendall Gamelin

    This my second year teaching and I am still trying to collect resources for my students. I encourage them to read my books when they complete their assignments. Also, I would love to incorporate me reading to them at the beginning of a lesson or during the independent work. These would be an amazing addition to my small art library!