Have you been looking for an art history book for your children that is told as a story? Look no further! One of my favorite resources for explaining art history to young people is A Child’s History of Art by V.M. Hillyer and E.G. Huey. This book is recommended for grades 4-8, but many adults enjoy the read as well. The art history of painting, sculpture, and architecture are covered. Here is an excerpt from the book:
“Now, animals can learn to do a good many things that human beings can do, but one thing an animal can’t learn is to draw… Every boy and girl who has ever lived has drawn something at some time. Haven’t you? You have drawn, perhaps, a horse or a house, a ship or an automobile, a dog or a cat. The dog may (not) have looked just like a cat or a cat-erpillar, but even this is more than any animal can do” (1933, Ch. 1, p. 4).