Visit the art museum without ever leaving your home! If the idea of packing up a baby, stroller, and all of your lil one's necessities takes the fun out of a cultural afternoon at the museum, start lining your tot's bookshelf with Julie Merberg and Suzanne Bober's Mini Masters series of board books. Each 22-page book in the collection features one of the world's most celebrated artists and reproductions of their most famous works, tied together by a central theme. Enjoy Sunday with Seurat ($7), share in Quiet Time with Cassatt ($7), and spend a Magical Day with Matisse. The collection of seven books could be the first step in future days lost in the world of your local art museum.
Classic books are the staples of a home library, but how about stocking up on a few whimsical reads? Here are some creativity inspiring page turners.
When Pigasso Met Mootisse Arguably, one of my favorite books of all time, Nina Laden's homage to Pablo Picasso and Henri Matisse, two of the greatest painters that ever existed, is a must read. It explores the friendship and feud of Pigasso, a pig and Mootisse, a bull. My son and daughter enjoy the book's colorful images and witty puns almost as much as I do.
Art Dog by Thatcher Hurd is the story of Arthur Dog, a guard at the Dogopolis Museum by day and masked creator of mural masterpieces by night. This book introduces kids to famous artists in a fun way.
Mini Masters Board Book Set If you're tired of the same old animal board books, these 6 x 6 inch books featuring the works of Degas, Matisse, Monet and Van Gough are a nice alternative. Even better, they come in a lil cardboard carrying case.