Stories & Stuff

Let us educate and entertain you! Kids and kids-at-heart can have an art-themed story read to them, along with the ability to download creative art stuff, like coloring pages and projects. And the best part? You can enjoy them from the comfort of your own home!

 
 

Colorful book cover illustration. A dirty station wagon is in the far left with crates and boxes tied to the top. A family stands in the doorway of a New York apartment. We see their backs. The dad is dressed in overalls. The mom and kids wear dresses and plain clothes. Andy Warhol is standing in the doorway looking surprised. He has white hair, black glasses and is wearing a black turtleneck. The cover reads: Uncle Andy's, James Warhola, a faabbbulous visit with Andy Warhol.

“Uncle Andy’s” by James Warhola

James’ dad collects junk and his mother complains, but when they visit Uncle Andy the artist in New York City, James learns how junk can become art.

           

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Watercolor illustration of Jackson Pollack holding a brush and splattering paint

“Lines That Wiggle” by Candace Whitman

Follow the glittery and textural lines that run through this picture book as we read you the rhyming verses. This catchy, interactive story is brought to life by a host of zany creatures!

           

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Book Cover; Dark purple background; little boy in blue pajamas draws on cover with lighter purple colored crayon

“Harold and the Purple Crayon” by Crockett Johnson

One evening Harold decides to go for a walk in the moonlight. Armed only with an oversize purple crayon, young Harold draws himself a landscape full of wonder and excitement. Full of funny twists and surprises, this charming story shows just how far your imagination can take you.

                 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Watercolor illustration of Jackson Pollack holding a brush and splattering paint

“The Art Teacher is Weird” by Geoff Schmidt

Listen along as our curator of education reads you this 47% true story. “The Art Teacher is Weird” is a picture book for fans of goofy poetry and oddball illustrations.

           

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Drawing of a woman with red, chin length hair. She is wearing a red Japanese style dress with large and medium sized white polka dots on it.

“Yayoi Kusama: From Here to Infinity!” by Sarah Suzuki and Ellen Weinstein

Growing up in the mountains of Japan, Yayoi Kusama (b. 1929) dreamed of becoming an artist. One day, she had a vision in which the world and everything in it—the plants, the people, the sky—were covered in polka dots.

           

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Book cover; blue background, tall, colorful buildings in the foreground; a yellow cat is on the roof of one of the buildings chasing a bird flying in the air; there is a red bridge blow and the moon is out.

“The Cat and The Bird” by Paul Klee

A treasured painting by Paul Klee is the basis for this whimsical tale about a cat and a bird and the themes of freedom and friendship.

           

 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Watercolor illustration of Jackson Pollack holding a brush and splattering paint

“The Very Quiet Cricket” by Eric Carle

A little cricket has lost his song – he rubs his wings together and nothing happens. He sets off to find his voice and meets all kinds of creatures who make all kinds of noises.

     

 
 
 
 

Watercolor illustration of Jackson Pollack holding a brush and splattering paint

“The Very Hungry Caterpillar” by Eric Carle

The Very Hungry Caterpillar is a picture book written and illustrated by Eric Carle. It follows the life cycle of a caterpillar as it starts by coming out of its egg, all the way to becoming a butterfly. It teaches the days of the week and counting up to five.

           

 
 
 
 

Watercolor illustration of Jackson Pollack holding a brush and splattering paint

“Action Jackson” by Jan Greenberg and Sandra Jane Jordan

Nicknamed “Action Jackson” for his kinetic style, abstract artist Jackson Pollack takes the spotlight in this picture book biography. The story centers around a significant period in Pollack’s life in 1950, when he created Number 1, 1950 (also called Lavender Mist), one of his most famous paintings.

     

 
 
 
 

Book Cover. Artist Henri Rousseau lays on a long, red sofa. He is wearing black pants, a black jacket, and a black hat. Jungle leaves are all around the sofa.

“The Fantastic Jungles of Henri Rousseau” by Michelle Markel

Henri Rousseau wanted to be an artist. But he had no formal training. Instead, he taught himself to paint. He painted until the jungles and animals and distant lands in his head came alive on the space of his canvases.

                 

 
 
 
 

Book cover reads "ish," boy on cover is running with a paintbrush.

“ish” by Peter H. Reynolds

A creative spirit learns that thinking “ish-ly” is far more wonderful than “getting it right” in this gentle fable about art and creating.

           

 
 
 
 

Cover of Book

“The Most Magnificent Thing” by Ashley Spires

A charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing!” But making her magnificent thing is anything but easy, and the girl tries and fails, repeatedly. But she comes back to her project with renewed enthusiasm and manages to get it just right.

This book is likely to fire up the imaginations of youngsters eager to create their own inventions and is a great tie-in to learning about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

                         
 
 
 

Book cover for I Don't Draw, I Color; drawing of child looking down drawing while a swirl of yellow, green, and blue colors swirl over his head

“I Don’t Draw, I Color” by Adam Lehrhaupt

Listen as we tell you about the power of color in this exploration of creativity. It’s sure to inspire readers and budding artists, alike!

Every color has a feeling, just like we do.
Yellow makes us feel happy.
Dark blue can make us feel sad.
Red can seem angry.
Black can look scary.
What color do you feel like today?

                 
 
 
 
Illustration of a pig wearing a red beret and a moose in a plaid shirt

“When Pigasso Met Mootisse” by Nina Laden

What begins as a neighborly overture escalates into a mess. Two artists become fierce rivals and build a fence between them. But when they paint opposite sides of the fence, they unknowingly create a modern art masterpiece and learn it’s their friendship that is the true work of art.

               

 
 
 
 

Illustration of little girl with brown hair and round, red glasses holds up her drawings while a little boy with blond hair holds up his drawings; a skinny, black cat looks on unamused

“Louise Loves Art” by Kelly Light

Meet Louise. Louise loves art more than anything. It’s her imagination on the outside. She is determined to create a masterpiece—her pièce de résistance! Louise also loves Art, her little brother. This is their story.