Book shelf :: The creative process

Touch art, build robots, and write what’s in your heart

Find King Henry’s Treasure

By Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo
Sterling Publishing, $12.95
Ages 4 to 6


Do you abide by the “do not touch” rule at museums? Well, grab this book and touch away! With famous paintings and portraits from all around the world, including Portrait of Henry VIII, Las Meninas, and St. George Struggling with the Dragon, you and your family can learn about the history of the painting while little pieces of the painting are enhanced, just for touching pleasure! Don’t neglect reading the accompanying tale full of brave knights, scary dragons, stolen treasure, and royalty!

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Guido’s Great Coloring and Drawing Book

By Guido van Genechten
Clavis Books, $16.95
Ages 7 and up

If your young ones are Guido van Genechten fans and want to be just like him when they grow up, rest assured, you have found the perfect book! More than just your average coloring book, Guido has pulled out all the stops, filling the book with pictures, ideas to finish, items to trace, challenges, prompts, and places to let your children draw on their own. Some assignments are harder then others, but all guarantee discovering the artist within.

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Count Monet’s Lilies

By Julie Appel and Amy Guglielmo
Sterling Publishing, $12.95
Ages 4 to 6


A new addition to the Touch the Art series, Count Monet’s Lilies was concocted to introduce kids to fine, world-renowned art. Kids can touch, tug, snap, and pull their way through Cézanne’s Still Life with Apples, Monet’s White Waterlilies, Rousseau’s Woman Walking in an Exotic Forest, and van Gogh’s Fishing Boats on the Beach. Turn the pages to learn more about the famous art or to read the fun narrative that weaves its way through the book.

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Diary of a Minnesota Kid


Artwork by Cyd Moore
Sleeping Bear Press, $9.95
For all ages

Kids can reveal the writer and artist in them with this interactive journal. There is plenty of space to record memories, thoughts, and adventures, and helpful prompts are available, just in case writer’s block rears its ugly head! Designed to encourage the creative process, this journal also offers children a way to connect to all things Minnesota with state facts, history, and landmarks.

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The Robot Book

Created by Heather Brown
Accord Publishing, $16.99
Ages 3 and up

How does one even begin to build a robot? What does a robot need? Nuts, bolts, gears, legs, arms, and eyes seem pretty important, but what else? This interactive book with working and moving parts explores these questions and more, turning any little one into a full-fledged engineer. Follow the story, play with the parts and build the robot.