The Art Book for ChildrenFerren Gipson, Amanda Renshaw, and Gilda Williams

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As seen in The Wall Street Journal, WSJ. Magazine, The Guardian, and The Times UK

A perfect introduction to art for parents and children to enjoy together. - The Guardian

A brand-new combined, revised, and expanded edition of the ground-breaking, iconic art book series for children - perfect for readers aged 7-12

Two decades ago, Phaidon published the first volume in The Art Book for Children series (adapted especially for children from Phaidon’s iconic The Art Book), which quickly became beloved by children and parents the world over. To share its legacy with a new generation of readers, this combined, updated, and expanded edition pairs a selection of ‘best of’ artists from the original series with 30 brand-new contemporary entries.

This single volume features 60 artists through a wide range of large-scale, full-page reproductions of their artworks, including paintings, photographs, sculptures, video, prints, and installations from across time and space. Each page showcases defining artworks by the artists, combined with an interactive and informative conversation, giving relatable and memorable contexts for children, and inspiring a curiosity and appreciation for the Visual Arts that will continue into adulthood.

With a fresh new design, this book both features the ‘best of’ from the original two volumes, plus new entries, specially selected in collaboration with art historian and writer, Ferren Gipson.

Ages 7-12


  • Format: Hardback
  • Size: 290 × 234 mm (11 3/8 × 9 1/4 in)
  • Pages: 192 pp
  • Illustrations: 160 illustrations
  • ISBN: 9781838667863

Ferren Gipson is an art historian, writer, and artist based in London. She is the author of The Ultimate Art Museum and Women’s Work, hosts the Art Matters podcast, and is a doctoral researcher at SOAS, University of London. Ferren regularly delivers talks and hosts interviews, having worked with brands and institutions including TEDx, Tate, Esquire Magazine, Sotheby’s Institute of Art, and more. She lives in London with her husband and son.

Amanda Renshaw is a curator, writer, editor, and book maker. She was the Editorial Director and Deputy Publisher at Phaidon Press for over 20 years and formerly a specialist in Impressionist and Modern Art at Christies.

Gilda Williams is a contemporary art critic, author, editor, and teacher. She was formerly Commissioning Editor for Contemporary Art at Phaidon and Managing Editor of Flash Art International.

‘From mysterious shapes to meaningful clues, pointillism to pop art, this accessible, lively and informative guide… offers a fascinating immersion in the world of visual art for readers of 8+.’ – The Guardian  

‘A vibrant version for children breathes new life into that classic format…it provides a short, sharp jolt of culture for busy adults too… an eye-popping compendium.’ – The Times 

‘Invit[es] children to look closely and discover a variety of paintings, sculptures, photographs, and more.’ – Colossal  

‘Perfect to spark discussion about art, creativity, and expression. With vibrant visuals and insightful discussions, The Art Book for Children encourages intellectual curiosity and an appreciation for visual arts.’ – School Reading List