Best Van Gogh Picture Books {Give Away}

Top 12 Picture Books About Van Gogh

I’m so excited to have THREE Van Gogh picture books to give away to THREE winners! Keep reading to the bottom of this post to find out how to enter!

Vincent, Theo and the Fox by Ted Macaluso is such a unique book for children! I love it! Your children will go on a fast-paced adventure all over inspired by Van Gogh’s paintings! As young boys, Vincent and his brother Theo spy a mischievous fox sneaking into a farmer’s cart. Wanting to catch the furry creature, the brothers give chase through colorful fields, over land and sea, into the city and beyond – settings illustrated by over 30 full color reproductions of van Gogh’s greatest works. On this imaginative journey, the boys – and the fox – learn about failure, success, and discovering how to be the best you can be when you grow up. It is also a sweet story about brotherhood. An epilogue gives a brief, factual biography of Vincent van Gogh.

Best Picture Books About Van Gogh

Best Van Gogh Picture Books

  1. Camille and the Sunflowers
  2. In the Garden with Van Gogh
  3. Vincent, Theo and the Fox: A mischievous adventure through the paintings of Vincent Van Gogh – I love this story that takes the reader on an adventure all over the place, from one Van Gogh painting to another!
  4. Vincent’s Colors ~ this is a very simple book with simple, short wording, but it’s also one of my favorites because the lines in this book are Vincent’s own words written about his paintings in letters to his brother!
  5. Katie and the Starry Night ~ These James Mayhew books are EXCELLENT, probably my favorite books to introduce children to these famous artists!
  6. Vincent Van Gogh: Sunflowers and Swirly Stars (Smart About Art)
  7. Visiting Vincent Van Gogh
  8. Vincent van Gogh & the Colors of the Wind
  9. The Van Gogh Cafe ~ this is more of a chapter book, 64 pages, but I had to include it because it was written by one of my favorite children’s authors, Cynthia Rylant
  10. van Gogh and the Sunflowers (Anholt’s Artists Books for Children)
  11. The Yellow House: Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin Side by Side ~ this is based on a true story and my art students and I had a great conversation based on this book after reading it together.
  12. Katie and the Sunflowers

Van Gogh Art Lessons

I have collected a few Van Gogh resources and art lessons here for you!

Teaching Art for the Non-Artist

Did you know I have a whole series of posts (enough for at least 1 semester!) on TEACHING ART for the non-artististic teacher or parent?

I am musical and creative, but I’m not an artist. However, I taught art at our homeschool co-op and LOVED it.

See all the posts here! 

Teaching Art with the Help of Pinterest

Give Away

THREE of you will win a copy of this picture book called Vincent, Theo and the Fox. U.S. Residents only.

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All Time Favorite Unit Studies

Favorite Unit Studies 2

So many of my readers are still homeschoolers, and though we placed our children in a private school for the first time this past school year,  I thought I would do a round-up of our all time favorite unit studies that we did over the years!

As homeschoolers (and even as a kindergarten teacher before having children) my FAVORITE way to teach was to use unit studies! I probably would have considered my style unit studies & Charlotte Mason if pressed to define our methods.

You can see ALL of my posts on unit studies by scrolling through them here.

Favorite Unit Studies

Favorite Unit Studies

So, how do I choose my favorites when we did unit studies for YEARS? I am a firm believer that learning can be FUN, so I’m going to choose the studies we had the most fun with!

Click on these links to see pictures and resources for each of these studies we’ve done over the years!

  1. Ancient Egypt (even older kiddos can have FUN learning about history!)
  2. Ancient Rome
  3. Nature Studies by Shining Dawn (such a GREAT way to tie in nature study WITH all the other subjects!!)
  4. Chocolate Unit Study (of course this was a favorite! Lots of taste testing!)
  5. The Olympics & Ancient Greece or Summer Olympics Study 
  6. Chickens  (when we got our chicks, so much fun! egg experiments and more!)
  7. A Winter Unit Study (lots of nature study!)
  8. Ants & Proverbs  (with an ant farm of course!)

More Unit Study Resources

Homeschool Share has TONS of FREE unit studies available for you and many of them have lap books also!

Follow His Mercy is New’s board Favorite Unit Studies on Pinterest.

Van Gogh Artist Study {FREE Copywork Pages}

Van Gogh Artist Study

“I’ve just kept on ceaselessly painting in order to learn painting.” Van Gogh

Sharing creative endeavors with our children is vital. Kids need art. I have come to believe that more and more with each passing year as a mom. One way that we can do that is by studying the great artists, learning more about their lives, simply looking at their famous works of art, and then creating similar projects based on those famous works.

Now, before you claim that you are not an artist, how in the world can you teach this to your kids…I want to let you in on a little secret. I’m no artist either. I do have some creative genes in me, but they are mostly in the form of music. However, with no art background, I taught an entire year of art classes at our homeschool co-op! AND I’m signed up to do it again next year! WHAT?!? Why in the world? And HOW?? I created a series on my blog just for moms like us who need a little help in this department because THAT is how important I feel it is!! You can see the entire series called Teaching Art {With The Help Of Pinterest} on my blog.

Today, I’m excited to share with you some simple ideas for incorporating an artist study on Van Gogh into your homeschool. Friends, you can do this study with kids of ALL ages. Starting from those little preschoolers all the way up to your high school kids! Take a look at these resources, choose a few that fit your family and get started!

Read the rest at Preschoolers and Peace to see all the Van Gogh resources plus FREE printable copy work pages!

Classical Composers Monthly {give away!}

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I have just recently been introduced to this fabulous fine arts resource for homeschool families!!



Classical Composers Monthly is a fantastic resource for doing composer & artist studies. This resource was put together by Erica Johns and her son, Micah, after homeschooling for years and not finding an affordable way to study composers and artists! I happen to love products that are created by other homeschooling moms, because usually this means they have seen a need and created a product to fill that need. Lots of times I have that same need for our homeschool! Not to mention, I love supporting other homeschooling families!

In a nutshell, Erica has searched the web for the greatest links, worksheets, videos and resources for each composer or artist and put it in ONE PLACE for the rest of us!! Fabulous! When you subscribe to Classical Composers Monthly, you will receive an email one time per month that includes access to all the resources for a new composer or artist!

When you are studying one particular artist or composer, you will land on a page for that person and see the following:

  • videos of their music & sample paintings from artists
  • a photo of the artist/composer
  • biographies to click on and read
  • printable timeline project
  • podcasts & articles from around the web
  • worksheets from around the web

Here is a FREE sample on the composer Handel, if you would like to take a peek at a typical page!

And here is a FREE sample of the artist study on Monet.

Nitty Gritty: a lifetime subscription to this site for ONE collection (includes 13 composers) is $14.95. You can also purchase a mixture of composers and artists for $14.95.


New Nature Studies!

I am pleased to share with you a new and wonderful resource for nature studies! My 2 blogging friends, Cindy and Melissa, have started Shining Dawn Books where they have created and are selling NaturExplorers nature unit studies!


I was priveleged enough to get a copy of the Wonderful Wildflowers to “review” for their grand opening! I shared with Cindy and Melissa that I was very impressed from the moment I opened up the unit study! For one, I am a total unit study gal…as well as a lover of nature study with my kids…so putting these 2 things together for me ~ with all the work done for me ~ is a GREAT product!!

These unit studies, which are all based on a different nature topic, are full of books to read, hands-on ideas, websites to check out, nature journaling pages and much more! I was pleasantly surprised as I read through the Wonderful Wildflowers to learn many new things myself. And the nature journaling pages that you can print off are really great!

Some of the other nature studies available from Shining Dawn Books are: animal signs, beautiful birds, captivating clouds, creatures of the night, delightful deciduous trees, everchanging erosion, frogs and toads, fungus among us, hard as a rock, peaceful ponds, and spectacular spiders.

So, don’t take my word for it, head on over to Shining Dawn Books where they also have a blog that will be updated with articles and nature study tips! Also, both Cindy and Melissa are having give-aways of these nature studies on their blogs…so head on over and check it out!