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Art and Literature



I love using picture books as inspiration for children’s art projects. Over the past 13 years I have curated a a massive list of project ideas and lesson plans.

Here is my growing list of picture books and coordinating art projects for kids:


A Color of His Own by Leo Lionni

A Perfect Day by Carin Berger

Abe Lincoln’s Dream by Lane Smith

Action Jackson by Greenburg and Jordan

Apple by Nikki McClure

Ancient Thunder by Leo Yerxa

Are You Blue Dog’s Friend? by George Rodrigue

A Splash of Red, The Life and Art of Horace Pippin by Jen Bryant and Melissa Sweet

Arlo Needs Glasses by Barney Saltzberg

Big Fat Hen by Keith Baker

Birds by Kevin Henkes

Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Cat Tale by Michael Hall

Chameleons are Cool by Martin Jenkins and Sue Shields

Chengdu Could Not, Would Not Fall Asleep by Barney Saltzberg

Chicken Little by Ed and Rebecca Emberly

Dancing Feet by Lindsey Craig and Marc Brown

Degas and The Little Dancer by Laurence Anholt

Do You Have a Hat? by Eileen Spinelli and Geraldo Valerio

Elmer by David McKee

Ernest by Catherine Rayner

Fish Eyes by Lois Ehlert

Giraffes Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and Guy Parker-Rees

Harvesting Dreams: Hundertwasser for Kids by Barbara Stieff

Hop on Pop by Dr. Seuss

Hooray for Fish by Lucy Cousins

How Loud is a Lion by Stella Blackstone and Clare Beaton

I’m the Biggest Thing in the Ocean by Kevin Sherry

Journey on a Cloud, a Children’s Book Inspired by Marc Chagall by Veronique Massenot and Elise Mansot

Klimt and His Cat by Berenice Capatti and Octavia Monaco

Mañana Iguana by Ann Whitford Paul and Ethan Long

Me, Frida by Amy Novesky and David Diaz

Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle

Monsters Don’t Eat Broccoli by Barbara Jean Hicks

Monsters Love School by Mike Austin

Mr. Tiger Goes Wild by Peter Brown

My Painted House by Maya Angelou

No, David! by David Shannon

Nugget and Fang by Tammi Sauer

Old Bear by Kevin Henkes

Once Upon a Northern Night by Jean Pendziwol and Isabelle Arsenault

One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss

Panda Bear, Panda Bear What Do You See? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Pantone Colors by Abrams Appleseed

Pete the Cat: I love My White Shoes by James Dean and Eric Litwin

Pie in the Sky by Lois Ehlert

Polar Bear, PolarBear What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin Jr. and Eric Carle

Raptors, Fossils, Fins and Fangs by Ray Troll and Brad Matsen

Sandy’s Circus: A Story about Alexander Calder

Saturday Night at the Dinosaur Stomp by Carol Diggory Shields and Scott Nash

Ship-Shapes by Stella Blackstone and Siobhan Bell

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

Snowmen at Night by Caralyn Beuhner

Splat the Cat by Rob Scotton

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle (Activity Lessons)

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle (Painted Elephant lesson)

The Cat and The Bird by Geraldine Elschner and Peggy Nile

The Cat at Night by Dahlov Ipcar

The Cat in the Hat by Dr. Seuss

The Cave Painter of Lascaux

The Day of The Dead/El Dia de los Muertos by Bob Barner

The Fantastic Undersea Life of Jacques Cousteau by Dan Yaccarino

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel

The Great Wave: A Children’s Book Inspired by Hokusai by Véronique Massenot and Bruno Pilorget

The Mixed-Up Chameleon by Eric Carle

The Princess and the Pea

The Shape of my Heart by Mark Sperring and Alys Paterson

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

The Three Musicians by Véronique Massenot

The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle

The Watcher: Jane Goodall’s Life with the Chimps by Jeanette Winter

Trucks: Whizz! Zoom! Rumble! by Patricia Hubbell and Megan Halsey

Up, Tall & High by Ethan Long

When Pigasso Met Mootisse by Nina Laden

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Wow! America by Robert Neubecker (Grand Canyon)

Wow! America by Robert Neubecker (Salmon)

Wow! America by Robert Neubecker (Space Shuttle)

You Be You by Linda Kranz


  1. I tried to download this but it wont seem to let me since I am already signed up on the newsletter. Can you please send me a link? Thanks!


    Wendy Harris

    April 14, 2014

      • Thank you so much!


        April 15, 2014

      • Hi there! Your links do not work. Could you help please? Thank you!


        February 22, 2017

        • Hi Corina…just send a customer support request via the link in the footer of the website 🙂


          February 22, 2017

  2. Thank you and have an Artfull day!


    April 18, 2014

  3. If there is one thing I love as much as art making and teaching its books….especially kids books….what a jackpot you have just given us! I have some of these and am looking forward to comparing your list to mine and filling in the blanks. We found a new one this semester when looking for a book on paper lanterns….it’s called…Paper Lanterns by Stefan Czernecki. It was short with bright colors, simple shapes and a great story line.


    April 24, 2014

  4. do you know about “The Day the Crayons Quit” – it is an awesome book! I may use it on the first day of school to get students working together. thanks for the other titles – I wondered if you would suggest 5-10 of the best since I will begin to build a library for my art room. thanks!


    August 10, 2014

  5. This is just great! Thanks for sharing your plans! Just an FYI when you click on Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See, the link goes to Do YOU Have a Hat?
    Thanks again for all that you share! It is so great!


    September 2, 2014

    • Oh thank you! This happens a lot so thanks for telling me! I’ll change it.

      Patty Palmer

      September 2, 2014

  6. Love, love, love your site Patty! My students do too, or at least all the projects they have done! Just wondering if your literature lessons are available in a book, or do you have to purchase them each individually? What a great resource. I love teaching to/with books too. Thanks again for sharing.


    April 29, 2015

  7. Hi Judy,
    Thank you so much! All of the literature & art lessons listed above are either lessons created for free or are sold in bundled or individual packets. Take a look at this link in my shop:
    This link will point you to all the lessons you can purchase and therefore are complete lesson plans.
    Not sure if this helps you or not.
    Let me know if you need anything else.

    Patty Palmer

    April 29, 2015

  8. Hi Patty,

    I really like your lesson plan bundles. Do you sell an Art and Literature bundle? or do you anticipate offering more bundles in the near future?



    May 15, 2015

    • I don’t currently have an art & lit bundle but it’s a great idea. Thanks for the push. I’ll try and get one together!

      Patty Palmer

      May 15, 2015

  9. Patty,
    I have the Funny Face Pumpkin PDF, and am trying to find the book that you have a picture of in the PDF. I don’t see anything in this list that seems to match that book. Do you know what the title is? Thank you!


    September 29, 2015

    • I’m sorry Bryn but I can’t remember what book that was. Possibly Lois Ehlert but not sure. I know it was about a pumpkin growing and being turned into a Jack-o-Lantern.

      Patty Palmer

      September 29, 2015

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