When I first found Katie, I was very excited.
A colorful book that is fun to read AND teaches kids about art history?
Now, I may not be all that familiar with the specifics of art history, even being an artist myself, but I have at least a basic knowledge. Enough to pronounce the names correctly when I read the books – but that isn’t an issue anyway since there are pronunciation guides in the back.
The point is, I was delighted that there existed this spirited little girl to introduce my kids to a culture I was desperate to try to share with them. Then I found that she didn’t just explore the paintings of Monet and Van Gogh and Goya, but she travels to different countries and travels back in time to run around with dinosaurs, too.
It just kept getting better and better.
Now, honestly, my favorites are where she visits the dinosaurs and travels to Scotland for an adventure with Nessie. But, honestly, my 4-year-old seems to request the Impressionists and Spanish Princess more often. My 2-year-old likes them all.
Here are a couple of pages from Katie and the Dinosaurs:
I love the brilliant colors in the fun artwork, but also the story.
The stories are very easy to read and great at bedtime because words flow.
Katie often jumps in and out of paintings in the stories, joining Degas’ dancers on stage or learning to paint with Jean, the son of Monet.
The interaction with the paintings in the museum is wonderful. Below is a page from Katie and the Spanish Princess, where you can see a painting come alive.
Overall, even though I mentioned which are my favorites, I highly recommend all of the books. We only own about half of them right now, but I plan to finish our collection this upcoming Christmas.
The books are all very well done and a joy both for my children and for myself. The stories are entertaining, often exciting and amusing. My girls have laughed out loud at the tales. As have I.
Here is a list of Katie books:
Katie and the Starry Night
Katie Meets The Impressionists
Katie and the Spanish Princess
Katie and the Mona Lisa
Katie and the British Artists
Katie and the Dinosaurs
Katie in London
Katie in Scotland
Katie’s Picture Show
Katie and the Sunflowers
Katie and the Waterlily Pond
Katie’s London Christmas