The Art Book for Children

Phaidon Press


Please note: This title will ship in July. 

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

Two decades ago, Phaidon published the first volume in The Art Book for Children series, which quickly became beloved by children and parents the world over. To share its legacy with a new generation of readers, this 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 curiosity and appreciation for the art 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.

  • Published by Phaidon Press
  • 192 pages
  • 11 3/8 × 9 1/4 inches
  • Hardcover
  • 160 illustrations

About the Authors

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 bookmaker. 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 Williamsis 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.