My son has been really into drawing lately, so I’ve been looking for some easy books to help encourage his creativity.
The best books I’ve found for young children have been the how to draw books written by Ed Emberley, the Caldecott Medal winning illustrator and author of children’s classics such as Drummer Hoff and Go Away, Big Green Monster!
I chose the Drawing Book of Weirdos for my son to start with because he’s always doodling monsters, robots, and strange animal hybrids.
If your child’s artistic tendencies go towards more realistic things, I’d suggest picking up the Drawing Book of Animals or Drawing Book of Faces. (According to my online research, Ed Emberley has written a total of 13 drawing books for children.)
Ed Emberley’s Drawing Book of Weirdos includes instructions for drawing monsters like Frankenstein, Dracula, a devil, a skeleton, and a witch. The instructions are a step-by-step progression of pictures that show how each character is built from a few basic shapes.
There aren’t really any words in the book, so your child doesn’t need to be a proficient reader to be able to follow along. (The books are recommended for children in second grade on up, but I suspect younger kids who are patient and have some help for a parent could follow along, too.)
If you want to see a sample of Ed Emberley’s instructional style, there are directions for drawing a mouse, a fish, and a spider on his website.
Amazon is a great place to buy the Ed Emberley drawing books because many of them are part of the 4-for-3 promotion. (If you buy 4 books that are part of the promotion, you get the lowest priced book for free. They have children’s books as well as adult books to choose from, so you don’t need to just buy a bunch of drawing books to take advantage of this great deal.)
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