Claude Monet ushered in a totally new style of art in the 1860s. Even today, his paintings are incredibly popular. The books on this list will give children a wide overview of Monet’s life, his Impressionist style, and his most popular paintings. We have included books that follow a traditional biographical format, as well as picture books and books that blend the real history of Monet with characters from modern times. Reading books like these together with your children is a meaningful way to introduce them to the history of art and the painters who invented their own kind of art.
Julie longs to walk in a garden, so her mom takes her to a garden in Giverny. As she walks, she meets a man who she suspects is the gardener. She soon finds out it’s Claude Monet. Follow along as Julie and Claude stroll through the gardens. There are reproductions of Monet’s work and a fold-out page of the waterlily pond. It’s a magical story for early elementary kids.
This series is a favorite of art teachers and parents alike. In this edition, kids will get a front-row seat to Monet’s art. They will laugh at the cartoon illustrations and jokes, but they will be learning about Monet’s life on every page. The book explains Monet’s artistic style and includes full-color reproductions of some of his most famous paintings. Read this one alongside your elementary-aged children.
This set of board books was created especially for toddlers and young preschoolers. There’s one book dedicated to each master painter: Degas, Monet, Matisse, and Van Gogh. Their artwork is combined with lyrical, calming text. It’s a simple way to introduce the youngest of children to these wonderful paintings.
When young Katie wants to enter a painting in the gallery’s art competition, she heads to the Monet exhibit for ideas. She hears a voice and is invited to jump into five of his paintings. The book offers a unique storyline and beautiful illustrations that are sure to spark preschoolers’ interest in art.
See a true picture of Claude Monet in this chapter book. It highlights Monet’s childhood and his art career, as well as the struggles he experienced. The book also includes more than 100 black-and-white illustrations. It’s a to-the-point kind of biography, making it perfect for young, independent readers who have an interest in art.
In this book, children can look at several famous paintings, but each one has a twist: it features a monster! The illustrations seamlessly incorporate the creepy creatures while still retaining all of the iconic features of the paintings. Brief biographies of the 16 featured artists, including Monet, are featured on the last few pages. Read this book with your early elementary children and encourage them to create their own unique art!
This book features a true story from Monet’s life. In 1885, he was vacationing in Etretat, France. One day, he sat at the edge of a beach to paint a rocky arch that jutted out of the sea, but the tide came in before he could finish. Most pages in this book also include excerpts from Monet’s letters and small bits of information about Monet’s life. The Impressionist-style illustrations give this book a very special feel. It will hold the attention of children ages 5 to 9.
Explore Monet, Degas, Cezanne, Cassatt, and other Impressionism masters in this book. Kids can learn about the history of Impressionism and the lives of the artists who led the movement. There are full-color reproductions of paintings, a detailed timeline, and a wealth of information. You will also find 21 kid-friendly activities—recipes, crafts, games, journaling prompts, and more—that expound upon the art topics. Because there’s so much information in this book, it’s best for kids 10 years old and up.
Antoinette, the frog who has found her home in Monet’s waterlily pond, desperately wants to be painted by the artist. Eventually, Monet paints her as she’s asleep in his hat, but she’s so excited that she knocks the canvas into the pond! The frog is illustrated on top of Impressionist-style backgrounds that remind us of Monet’s masterpieces. This interesting presentation will certainly engage children in elementary grades.
Written with clear details and simple language, this book puts the life and paintings of Monet in the hands of young children. The storybook points out Monet’s triumphs, struggles, inspiration, and Impressionist style. The illustrations are beautiful, colorful, and bring even more interest to the story. It’s a great read-aloud for elementary-aged children.
This one is a classic book from 1987. In it, Linnea is a young girl who’s been to France and strolled through Monet’s gardens with her good friend Mr. Bloom. In this book, she tells us all about her travels and discoveries. It’s a non-intimidating way to learn about Impressionism and all of the details of Monet’s life. The book includes images of Monet’s paintings and watercolor illustrations of Linnea’s travels. There’s also a timeline of Monet’s life and his family tree. The story is easy enough for preschoolers to follow and early elementary children will enjoy it, too.
This children’s picture book is cleverly written like a school book report on Monet. The author combines the printed text with cartoon-like writing and illustrations. The result is a kid-friendly book that covers the most important parts of Monet’s life. It’s just enough information to spark creativity and curiosity in children. It’s a good read-aloud for early elementary children and upper elementary kids will enjoy reading it on their own.
This book is stunning, both in its illustrations and words. Rich colors depict Monet’s gardens and the Seine River. The text has a lyrical, flowing feeling. It focuses on Monet’s early morning paintings, his attempts to capture the sun rising over the river. Although it only tells about a small scene from his life, the book gives an informative overview of his style and details about his art career. This one is a perfect bedtime book for 5- to 10-year-olds.
This interactive book takes kids through 12 art exercises designed to get them painting like Monet! They will draw dots and dashes, experiment with color, and create different compositions. At the end of the lessons, they will pull out the poster and draw their own masterpiece! A biography and timeline of Monet’s life are included too. Children ages 5 to 8 will be able to work through the book with an adult helper, and older children can dive into the activities on their own.