Books! (Chinese New Year, Dragon)

I will definitely by using How to Catch a Dragon for a Chinese New Year/dragon art lesson. It’s a rhyming book and catchy, they have an example of a small dragon that you could easily replicate, and it mentions plenty of traditions you can explore further with students! 🐉 #childrensbooks #childrensbookillustration #kidsreading #artroomliteracy #bookstagram #kidsbooks #kidsbookstagram #monalisaandmore #kidsbookrecommendations #artteachersofinstagram #chinesenewyear #chinesedragon #dragon #artlessons #artlessonsforkids

Books! (Kindness, Smile)

I love all the books I have read (to my daughters and in my art room) by @imnotjustascribble …but this one gives me all the kindness feels!! I do my annual clay Smiles kindness project with my 5th graders, and now I have a new book that will perfectly introduce the lesson! 🤩 #childrensbooks #childrensbookillustration #kidsreading #artroomliteracy #bookstagram #kidsbooks #kidsbookstagram #monalisaandmore #kidsbookrecommendations #artteachersofinstagram #smile #smilepassiton #kindness

Books! (No words, illustrations, balloon dog)

This book has no words, but a book with Jeff Koons balloon dog vibes in the front?! This book has a twist ending that I loved! I could see this book also inspiring some fun creative story writing in the classroom. #childrensbooks #childrensbookillustration #kidsreading #artroomliteracy #bookstagram #kidsbooks #kidsbookstagram #monalisaandmore #kidsbookrecommendations #artteachersofinstagram #jeffkoons #balloondog

Books! (Collage, Bearden)

Not only is this a very sweet story and Caldecott Honor Book, but the collage-style illustration would be a good match with the art of Romare Bearden. #childrensbooks #childrensbookillustration #kidsreading #artroomliteracy #bookstagram #kidsbooks #kidsbookstagram #monalisaandmore #kidsbookrecommendations #artteachersofinstagram #romarebearden #collageart

Books! (Imagination)

One of the things I missed most while out of the country was weekly visits to our local library. We’ve been home a little over a week, and the girls and I are on our second LARGE stack of books. I’ll be sharing my favorites from the stack each week! My favorite book from last week is The Hideout. It’s about a girl who gets lost in her imagination via a drawing she creates. A great book for an art room library! #childrensbooks #childrensbookillustration #read #readersofinstagram #kidsreading #artroomliteracy #monalisaandmore #artteachersofinstagram #imagination

Smile! Pass it on. Mona Lisa and More

I won’t be posting any new lessons (most likely) on my blog for a little while as I took a leave of absence from my elementary art teacher job this school year to spend extra time abroad with my husband and daughters because life is too short not to have adventures! However, I am still leaving my students’ Art Room Smiles everywhere I travel, so if you are here because you found a Smile, find me on Instagram @monalisaandmore My 5th grade students make the Smiles out of clay and glaze them each school year as a kindness project. Besides my art teacher Instagram, you can also find me on Insta @utuscany which is my husband’s travel company. We will be sharing our travel adventures on both pages. Until then……SMILE!!! Pass it on. 😁

Books! (Drawing)

Another book you need for the art room! Linus let’s negative talk cloud the way he feels about his art. He eventually learns to work together with his biggest critic, Ernie the eraser, to create beautiful art. Has a good lesson in it, but also could inspire a reductive drawing lesson, negative/positive space drawing, or a collaborative drawing lesson.