Read on for my top four picks...
1. Art Up Close: From Ancient to Modern by Claire d'Harcourt
If your child likes I Spy and Look and Find books, they'll enjoy Art Up Close. It includes 23 famous works of art by artists like Van Eyck, Bruegel, and Renoir. The author has chosen 10 to 12 details from each work for children to find, making looking closely at art a game.2. A Child's Book of Art: Great Pictures, First Words by Lucy Micklethwait
The works of art in this book are organized by topic (The Family, Pets, Shapes, etc.) Each two-page spread includes approximately four paintings by famous artists that fit the topic. If your preschooler is an early reader, they'll be excited that they can read the "first words" under each picture.3. Oxford First Book of Art by Gillian Wolfe
While this book is not written for preschoolers, there are two things about it that make it worth using with little ones. The book presents famous works of art with short descriptive paragraphs, and the author's writing voice is wonderful. For example, when describing the ancient Roman sculpture Discus Thrower, she writes, "You try to take up this tricky pose!" Also included on each page is a Look Closer feature in which the child is asked questions that get a child thinking. For instance, on the page with Mary Cassatt's The Child's Bath, the author asks the child to find three different patterns in the painting.4. Look! Look! Look! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace, with Linda K. Friedlaender
This picture book is illustrated using cut paper art, and is about three mice that find a postcard of - get ready for this painting's title - Portrait of a Woman, traditionally identified as Mary Clopton (born Waldegrave), of Kentwell Hall, Suffolk. The mice make "viewing frames" to look at parts of the painting. They observe details, patterns, and colors. And then they realize that there are some colors that the painting does not have. The mice notice that the lady in the painting is made of lines. Then, they cut out shapes from construction paper - cut paper art! - and make the lady out of the shapes. Finally, the mice play with their collage by adding and changing details (like making the woman a mouse, changing the background color, adding a cake, etc.). It's very cute and fun, and it introduces a few basic terms you can use with your preschooler when talking about art.Those are my top picks. What are yours? :)