“Look, Ma! It’s a Renoir” Or How To Introduce Your Little Ones To Art

I have no interest in quizzing my little one regarding names of paintings, authors and so on…I do hope to introduce her to the love of Art in general, and painting in particular.

Book cover by James Mayhew
Book cover by James Mayhew (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Here comes James Mayhew’s gloriously illustrated books for children introducing little ones, and their parents, to new worlds and adventures:

  • Katie and the British artists introduces five famous paintings by world-renowned British artists;
  • Katie and the Spanish princess is an introduction to Spanish painters, including Las Meninas by Velazquez;
  • Katie and the sunflowers introduces Katie, and her traveling companions, to five paintings by Van Gogh, Gauguin, and Cezanne; includes information about Post-impressionism;
  • Katie meets the Impressionists talks about five Impressionist paintings;
  • In Katie’s Sunday afternoon, Katie and her grandmother visit the art museum, where Katie climbs into the paintings of pointillist artists Seurat, Pissarro, and Signac;
  • In Katie and the Mona Lisa, Katie meets Mona Lisa and characters from four other well-known Renaissance paintings.

There are more wonderful stories from this prolific children’s author.  Most of the books are written for 4 to 8 year-olds.  And the illustrations are magical.  Our home library carries the last five titles.  You can find a much better selection online.  Like this one:


4 thoughts on ““Look, Ma! It’s a Renoir” Or How To Introduce Your Little Ones To Art

  1. My little ones love these books, too. Mayhew also has an “Ella Bella” series which introduces young children to operas such as The Nutcracker, Cinderella, etc. Great stuff!

    1. Wow! I did not know that. Although I love his work, we never explore most of his other work. It would have been very helpful when Joey sang in some of the operas at Chicago Lyric opera (as part of a children’s choir)

  2. I love this post and the books look wonderful. I’ve been looking for some art inspired books to have as a collection for multiple uses at home and I think these would work out just fine. Thanks for sharing!!

    1. I am happy to help. We enjoyed these books for many years. My daughter is 12. She still looks through them when we go to the library and reminisces about the”good old times”.

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