Reading in the Rain: Books for Kids – Bringing out the artist in your child

Kirkland Arts Center, located in downtown Kirkland on Market Street, is starting the new spring session this month, so this week’s recommendations are all about bringing out the artist in your child. KAC offers classes in a variety of fine arts, from pottery to watercolors to sculpting. Check out the KAC website for more information. Currently, King County Library System (KCLS) has copies of these books in their catalog.

I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More! by Karen Beaumont, Illustrations by David Catrow

Harcourt Children’s Books, 978015202488


One day a boy gets caught painting the walls, ceiling and floor. His mother tells him, “Ya ain’t a-gonna paint no more!” She hides the paints, but the little boy finds them and this time he paints himself!  The rhyming text is set to the tune of “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More”. The characters and settings are illustrated in black and white. It’s the cans of paint that bring color to the pages. It’s no wonder the little boy just can’t help himself!



Sunday with Seurat by Julie Merberg & Suzanne Bober, Paintings by George Seurat

Chronicle Books, 9780811847582


This board book pairs short rhyming text with paintings by the French impressionist, Georges Seurat. Part of the Mini Masters series of board books featuring famous painters from Degas to Van Gogh, this book is a wonderfully accessible introduction to the world of impressionism. Although infants and toddlers won’t realize they’re looking at famous paintings, they may be more inclined to appreciate them when they happen upon them later in life.


The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan

Houghton Mifflin Books for Children, 9780618631544


One day Dodsworth finds an old pink refrigerator in the junk yard. Stuck to the front is a note that says, “Make Pictures.” Dodsworth finds art supplies inside and so he paints a picture. Each day Dodsworth returns to the refrigerator to find a new note and a new treasure inside. But what happens when he arrives one day to find an empty fridge? Although we never find out if the refrigerator is magic or if there’s a benevolent junk yard guy, the book is really about Dodsworth’s journey as he discovers that the world is full of wonderful experiences, but he can’t just wait for them to come knocking at his door.