My kids, especially my youngest, love to draw. I’ve always provided books and art supplies for my kids so they can express themselves artistically as well as grow in their drawing skills. Of all the books we’ve had, these are our favorites.
Best Drawing Books for Kids
Doodle Games Activity Book by Joe Rhatigan, illustrations by Anthony Owsley
We’ve loved this book, particularly because it facilitates a fun parent-child time. JJ and dad so far love The Mutant Game (players give each other weird mutant animal combos to draw), Doodle Dare Circles (draw as many things as you can using only circles), and Squiggle Masterpieces (squiggles that become something wonderful).
How to Draw a Unicorn and Other Cute Animals (With Simple Shapes in 5 Steps) by Lulu Mayo
My oldest daughter AJ really likes the step-by-step directions in this book. You’ll find directions for 30 animals including a llama, sloth, beaver, panda, tiger, and much more. AJ likes that she can easily draw these on her new iPad with the Apple Pencil.
Kawaii Doodle Class by Pic Candle, illustrated by Zainab Khan
This is a learn to draw cute cartoons type of book — it appeals to my girls, especially my oldest who picked up a copy at our local bookstore.
Art for Kids: Drawing by Kathryn Temple
This book takes beginning artists to another level by teaching contouring, shading, perspective and more with directions for people, animals, and landscapes.
The Artist’s Guide to Drawing Animals by J.C. Amberlyn
My daughter has drawn some beautiful cats and bunnies, among other animals, using this book. I really like how this book teaches specific pencil techniques to get a textured illustration.
Pick and Draw
This fun game takes learning the basics of cartoon faces and makes it a game for kids and families. Created by Rich Davis, the illustrator of the Tiny and Kell book series, you can also buy his activity book. (Read my full review on this game.)
Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Animals by Ed Emberley
Here’s another book that uses shapes to help kids learn to draw, this animal book is a popular choice for kids.
How to Draw People by Barbara Soloff Levy
Kids will learn how to draw 30 characters using basic shapes and step-by-step directions.
Drawing Fantasy Creatures by A.J. Sautter
This book ROCKS!! JJ not only loves the step by step directions, but she’s also improved her drawing skills by trying most of the 48 the fantasy creatures more than once. (The above photo is her chimera drawing.)
Drawing Dragons by Sandra Staple
If you want to learn how to draw dragons, this is the book for you. From eyes to expressions to different kinds of dragons, this book has so much information. Although my kids haven’t tried it yet, others have recommended this book highly.
The Drawing Lesson: A Graphic Novel That Teaches You How to Draw by Mark Crilley
The lessons within this graphic novel story will inspire and educate young artists. The lessons are woven within the larger story of a young boy named David who asks a young woman named Becky to give him drawing lessons. She reluctantly agrees, first asking him to draw her watch. This becomes a lesson in seeing scale, the blank spaces, and the differences between the real watch and the drawing. She continues (reluctantly) to give him lessons on shadowing, loose sketching, negative space, proportions, and more. The Drawing Lesson is a marvelous graphic novel that both entertains and teaches. Great for aspiring artists.
Drawing Supplies for Kids That We Recommend
This is a classic gift for young children who like to draw and write. Pair with jumbo crayons or jumbo colored pencils in a cute carrying case.
Crayons help young children draw smooth lines with ease.
Always a go-to favorite for my kids, colored pencils give artists options for shading that you don’t get with markers.
Crayola Pip-Squeaks Washable Markers
This carrying case makes it easy to carry your markers anywhere. And washable markers are a must-buy arts and crafts gift for creative kids!
Crayola Fine Line Markers
You can’t go wrong with a set of fine-line markers. My kids generally prefer these to create more precise shapes and images.
My daughter recently asked for a light box as a gift — and it has been AMAZING for her drawing skills. I highly recommend it for your budding artists. This one is only $17.29. I also recommend this stand for it.
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