Books About Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe's unique perspective changed the art world. Her abstract style and the way she infused emotion into her paintings of flowers, skyscrapers, and the desert of New Mexico was fresh and unexpected. With the books on this list, you can give children a glimpse into her personality and the artwork she created. As a bonus, many of the books encourage kids to practice O'Keeffe's style and create art on their own!

Georgia O'Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist Alice Wietzel

You can guide children through O'Keeffe's entire life with this book. From her humble beginnings on a farm to her solitary time in New Mexico, this picture book presents O'Keeffe's life and work in a simple, kid-friendly way. They'll see 10 of her most famous pieces and learn about all of the different styles of art she used in her paintings. Read this one with early elementary children.

Who Was Georgia O'Keeffe? Sarah Fabiny

This book describes O'Keeffe's life, inspiration, and style throughout 10 brief chapters. Children will learn about O'Keeffe's upbringing on a dairy farm, explore the time she spent as an art teacher in Texas, and see how she gained inspiration from the New Mexican desert. Plus, the final pages include timelines and a list of U.S. art museums that hold O'Keeffe paintings. Upper elementary children can read this one on their own, but younger kids may find it engaging as a read-aloud book, too.

A Bone for Bo: Painting with Georgia O'Keeffe Joan Waites

Children will enjoy this imaginative picture book based on O'Keeffe's time in the desert of New Mexico. Her fluffy black dog named Bo is her constant companion. When O'Keeffe gets frustrated and loses her enthusiasm for painting, Bo comes to the rescue! He searches the desert for something that will excite O'Keeffe and bring her back to her one true passion. Read this one with early elementary children.

Georgia in Hawaii: When Georgia O'Keeffe Painted What She Pleased Amy Novesky

In 1939, the Hawaiian Pineapple Company invited O'Keeffe to Hawaii to create artwork featuring their pineapples. However, when O'Keeffe requested to live close to the pineapple fields so she could observe the fruits and see them up close, the company refused. O'Keeffe wouldn't let anybody tell her how or what to paint! So, she spent two months painting and traveling around Hawaii on her own terms. Elementary kids will enjoy hearing about this interesting story and learning more about O'Keeffe's personality.

Georgia O'Keeffe Activities for Kids Marisa Boan

Reinforce learning with this 30-page activity book featuring O'Keeffe. It includes an age-appropriate biography for kids 6-10 years old. Plus, there are vocabulary-building activities and creative writing prompts focused on O'Keeffe's paintings. It's a great way to merge language arts with art appreciation.

Georgia O'Keeffe: Little People, Big Dreams Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara

In this book, preschoolers and kindergartners will see how O'Keeffe's big dreams took her from a dairy farm in Wisconsin to the bustling streets of New York City to the quiet desert of New Mexico. All along, she painted what she saw—skyscrapers, bones, flowers, red hills, and a host of ordinary objects that other people were too busy to notice. Like other books in this critically acclaimed series, this edition uses cartoon-like illustrations and active storytelling to inspire kids. There's also a brief biography on the final pages.

A Song of Sun and Sky Jason Cockcroft

Lula is on a road trip with her dad when their car breaks down in the middle of the New Mexican desert. She sits in the car, waiting and getting bored. Eventually they walk to a nearby home to get water, and it's there that Lula meets Georgia O'Keeffe. She'll learn about lighting, nature, colors, and more from the artist. At its heart, this book is about the magic of art. It's a great story to share with early elementary children!

Georgia O'Keeffe: What the Artist Saw Gabrielle Balkan

Kids will feel like they are stepping into O'Keeffe's life as they read this book. The story covers her life from birth to death. It describes her appreciation for nature and color along with her emphasis on abstraction. Each page features folk-style art that feels true to O'Keeffe's personality and style. Plus, several of the pages list questions or simple hands-on activities for kids to do. “What O'Keeffe painting most inspires you?” and “Zoom in on a small detail and draw it really large!” are just two examples. Read this one with early elementary kids and have fun exploring the world of Georgia O'Keeffe!

Through Georgia's Eyes Rachel Rodriguez

Georgia O'Keeffe saw life differently than those around her. Some thought that was a bad thing, but she knew it was a gift, and she used that gift to create beautiful art. The author of this book uses simple, direct language to tell the story of O'Keeffe's life and work. The art in the book was all created with cut-paper collages. The rolling hills of Wisconsin, the skyscrapers of New York City, and the desert of New Mexico fill the pages in a whimsical way that fits perfectly with the text. It's a nice read-aloud book for early elementary children.

Meet the Artist: Georgia O'Keeffe Marina Muun

This activity book provides children with a hands-on way to study O'Keeffe's unique perspective. They'll read snippets about O'Keeffe's life and her paintings. Then they'll be encouraged to think critically about her style and create their own art. They'll draw using their unique perspective, study O'Keeffe's famous pieces, and be encouraged to express their own view of the world. The activities are appropriate for kids 5-8 years old.

Artists: Inspiring Stories of the World's Most Creative Minds Susie Hodge

From rock art to modern art, this book covers 80 of the most famous painters in the world. Children will learn about Giotto, Frida Kahlo, Raphael, O'Keeffe, and many more. Each section goes into detail about why the artist's work meant so much to the art world and how the artist's techniques made a lasting impact. Full-color reproductions and vibrant illustrations fill the pages. We recommend exploring this book section-by-section with elementary children.

Georgia O'Keeffe: The Artist in the Desert Britta Benke

This book takes a personal look at O'Keeffe's life and the things that inspired her. It's focused on the unique details of her life: her sense of adventure, her appreciation for the night sky, her travels, the treasures she found in the desert, and more. The book is filled with photographs of O'Keeffe and full-color reproductions of some of her most celebrated paintings. The text is a bit more advanced, so we recommend this one for older elementary children.

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