The books that inspire me Art Made Easy podcast with Patty Palmer

My Favorite Books: AME 046



The books that inspire me Art Made Easy podcast with Patty Palmer

Whenever I find myself stuck for inspiration, I always turn to books. Picture books are a secret passion of mine. I love looking at the exquisite illustrations as it puts me back in touch with why art is important.

Children learn much about the world through books and as educators we can use books to help children understand what we are teaching.

This episode shares my list of favorite art books not just for the art room but for everyday inspiration.


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Books Referenced in Show

Laurence Anholt’s Art Series

Illustrator Veroniqué Massenot Website and Instagram 

Octavia Monaco’s Website

The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau by Michelle Markel and Amanda Hall

Child’s Introduction to Art: The World’s Greatest Paintings and Sculptures by Heather Alexander and Meredith Hamilton

Modern Art Adventures: 36 Creative, Hands-On Projects Inspired by Artists from Monet to Banksy by Maja Pitamic and Jill Laidlaw

The Museum by Susan Verde and Peter H Reynolds

Dianna Hutts Aston Books/website

A Rock Is Lively

A Nest Is Noisy

Over and Under the Pond by Kate Messner and Christopher Silas Neal

Over and Under the Snow plus project on Deep Space Sparkle

Botanicum: Welcome to the Museum curated by Katie Scott and Kathy Willis

The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse by Eric Carle

Ladies Drawing Night: Make Art, Get Inspired, Join the Party by Julia Rothman, Leah Goren, Rachael Cole

A Field Guide to Coastal Fishes: From Alaska to California

Not discussed in the podcast, but this book is a new discovery!
Above and Below by Hanako Clulow

Charley Harper: An Illustrated Life by Todd Oldham

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  • Fran Baldwin

    Another book, for drawing the desert landscape, I have loved with my 1st graders, is “Cactus Hotel” by Brenda Z Guiberson, written text is lovely description of the saguaro cactus.

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