Recommended books for children.
Recommended books for children.
The Story of Paintings

The Story of Paintings:
A history of art for children.

A friendly and inspiring introduction to art history, telling the stories of the world's greatest paintings and artists from prehistory to the modern day.

The Story of Paintings begins with the cave paintings of our Stone Age ancestors and continues through to the modern day. Mick Manning and Brita Granström take your on a tour of their personally selected gallery which showcases the work of some of the world's most famous artists and few a less well-known ones. The artists featured include van Eyck, da Vinci, Bruegel, Rembrandt, Velázquez, JMW Turner, Van Gogh, Monet, Matisse, Georgia O'Keefe, Picasso, Frida Kahlo and Jackson Pollock as well as Dame Laura Knight and Kalan Khan. The friendly text and illustrations help children to appreciate the art, highlighting interesting biographical details and picking out key details to spot. The book's large format means the art is reproduced on a wonderfully impactful scale. This really is a book to give and treasure.

The creative team of Mick Manning and Brita Granström are well-known for their ground breaking children's information books. Their many awards range the TES Information Book Award for What's Under the Bed? and the English Association Non-fiction award for Charlie's War Illustrated.

Year 1: Inspired By Shapes: One
Learn all about the two influential artists Wassily Kandinsky and Piet Mondrian. Discover how they used shapes and colours to create renowned masterpieces that changed the way art was viewed. Help to inspire your children to explore these artists along with shapes and colours in four engaging activities created for key stage one children.

Year 1: Vincent van Gogh
Find inspiration from Van Gogh’s amazing life’s work. Paint a self-portrait, find beauty in sunflowers and go on a night walk before painting your own Starry Night.

Year 2: Art In Action
Get messy by creating art in a whole new way. Roll marbles in paint, create a paint pendulum and swing paint onto the canvas. Become inspired by Jackson Pollack and his development of action art.

Publisher: Frankin Watts
Format: Hardback
Print length: 88 pages
Dimensions: 23.8 x 0.8 x 29.4 cm
Reading age: 7 - 9 years old
Publication date: 14 Oct. 2021
ISBN: 1445150034


Mick Manning and Brita Granström have now been collaborating together, sharing both illustration and text, for over twenty years. Their critically acclaimed children's picture books mix words and images in all sorts of inventive and delightful ways and appeal to all ages. For example, their books about the Brontes and The Beatles appear to have been bought by as many adults as children.

Mick Manning

Mick studied illustration at the Royal College of Art in London. He is also an exhibiting artist and printmaker.

Brita Granström

Brita Granström was born near Eskilstuna in Sweden and studied at Konstfack in Stockholm. Although her Nordic roots remain self-evident in work made on location; both indoors and outdoors, and in all weathers, she has lived and painted in the UK since 1994. Her paintings are in private and public collections around the world and she has appeared on television and radio. She is represented by Thompsons Galleries and her work is also exhibited at other select galleries across the UK.

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