The Art Book for Children - White Book by Amanda Renshaw and Gilda Williams Ruggi
Real talk: It's understandable if you conclude the "white" in the title refers to the 30 artists featured in this version of Phaidon's bestselling Art Book geared toward readers age 7 and up. Despite the inclusion of icons like Katsushika Hokusai, Cindy Sherman, and Félix González-Torres, this survey—first published in 2005—skews overwhelmingly straight, white, and male. That said, it's a decent introduction to European art history, in particular, which encourages children to look closely and use their imagination to understand why artists choose to create the work they do and in the way that they do it. Still, we hope the next edition is more inclusive.
"Obviously designed to fire young imaginations into looking beyond the frame, the template would improve many 'ground-up' art encyclopedias... Designed to spark creative responses in young readers of all ages, whether their thing is painting and drawing, counting, dressing up or solving puzzles. There's even the possibility that, sitting side by side with their respective tomes, kids might learn more than their parents will about the subject."—Time Out
"A perfect introduction to art for parents and children to enjoy together... Simple, clear and fun."—Guardian