Art Books for Kids- Elements of Art: Shapes

The Elements of Art begin with lines and then shapes. When a line bends….a shape begins.

A line bending into a shape can be straight, curvy, wavy, jagged, or the shape of spilled milk on the table that connects to form a shape! Shapes are one of the elements of art and can be organic, geometric and irregular!

You can find shapes just about everywhere you look, but art books for kids and children’s books are some of our favorite ways to be inspired. We’ve spent many hours reading books with kids.

When you sit down with a child to read a book, you will enter a completely different world through their eyes, even in stories you may know by heart. 

books on shapes

Shapes can be found in children’s books where the creativity is endless.
We pulled our favorite children’s books that we love to use when studying shapes.

Some of the books we enjoy for the story about shapes and others we like for the illustrations… or maybe even both! 

What can you create with a pile of paper shapes or by drawing shapes?  

colored pencils

In the book, My Heart is Like a Zoo, the artist creates animals by layering multiple shapes. It’s a precious book using a heart as a central focus in each animal.

Triangle book

Triangle is a strange little story that at times is annoying, but when we look at it as two friends and the competition between them, you can see how they relate with one another and their surroundings. 

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When a Line Bends a Shape Begins

My Heart is Like a Zoo

The Shape of My Heart

Mouse Shapes

The Shape of Things

Shapes Shapes Shapes

They All Saw a Cat



Box Meets Circle

Perfect Square

I Spy Shapes in Art  

The Snowy Day

Circle and square book

Some of these books we recommend in our Heart of You and Young at HeART online Art courses you can find on our Art & Creativity page!

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