Art Appreciation for Toddlers
Nursery Age 1 Curriculum Suggestions
by Katrina Lybbert

Art Appreciation Overview

Art Appreciation is a subject that can be enjoyed by all ages.  An easy way to introduce an appreciation of art to toddlers, is through picture book illustrations.  Picture books are easily available through public libraries and the variety of art is enormous.  Our toddlers are already used to being read to and the opportunity to look through another book with mom or dad will be a happy experience.

One illustrator has been chosen every 2 lessons, but each lesson has a book suggestion.  You are welcome to choose different selections from mine.  I tried to choose illustrators and books that are visually appealing to young children.  Some stories will be beyond most young children's comprehension levels.  Use the books mainly for the illustrations.  Discuss what you see in each picture and tell your toddler what you like about each illustration.

Try to find one or two times each week where you can look through the illustrations together.  Then during the weeks find a place to leave the book open to a favorite page.  This can be on a shelf that you walk by often, then stop and remind your toddler of something on that page.

Art Appreciation Illustrator List

Lesson 1 & 2 Jan Brett
Lesson 3 & 4 Eric Carle
Lesson 5 & 6 Jane Hissey
Lesson 7 & 8 Tomie dePaola
Lesson 9 & 10 Anne Rockwell
Lesson 11 & 12 Beatrix Potter
Lesson 13 & 14 Dr. Seuss
Lesson 15 & 16 Kate Greenaway
Lesson 17 & 18 Bill Peet
Lesson 19 & 20 Tasha Tudor
Lesson 21 & 22 Don Wood
Lesson 23 & 24 Ruth Heller

Art Appreciation Book Selection List


Lesson 1 Fritz and the Beautiful Horses by Jan Brett
Lesson 2 Hedgie's Surprise by Jan Brett
Lesson 3 Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother, Too? by Eric Carle
Lesson 4 The Tiny Seed by Eric Carle
Lesson 5 Old Bear by Jane Hissey
Lesson 6 Jolly Snow by Jane Hissey
Lesson 7 Mary Had a Little Lamb by Sarah Josepha Hale
Illustrated by Tomie dePaola
Lesson 8 Tony's Bread by Tomie DePaola
Lesson 9 Bumblebee, Bumblebee, Do You Know Me?
by Anne Rockwell
Lesson 10 The Way to Captain Yankee's by Anne Rockwell
Lesson 11 The Tale of Peter Rabbit by Beatrix Potter
Lesson 12 The Tale of Jemima Puddle-Duck by Beatrix Potter
Lesson 13 Oh, the Places You'll Go! by Dr. Seuss
Lesson 14 If I Ran the Zoo by Dr. Seuss
Lesson 15 Marigold Garden by Kate Greenaway
Lesson 16 The Pied Piper of Hamelin by Kate Greenaway
Lesson 17 Budford the Little Big Horn by Bill Peet
Lesson 18 Smokey by Bill Peet
Lesson 19 The Lord is My Shepherd: The Twenty-Third Psalm
by Tasha Tudor
Lesson 20 Give Us This Day: The Lord's Prayer
by Tasha Tudor
Lesson 21 Piggies by Don and Audrey Wood
Lesson 22 The Napping House by Don and Audrey Wood
Lesson 23 Up, Up and Away by Ruth Heller
Lesson 24 Kites Sail High by Ruth Heller




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