My favorite book to start the year with kinders is Art by Patrick McDonnell. Art loves art and sometimes it's hard to tell them apart. :) Check this one out. It's precious. I also really like Eric Carle's Hello Red Fox (complementary colors).
Art Teacher/ Beginning Teacher Mentor
From: Deborah Sterner
> I'm looking for short story books to precede art projects and which
> spark creativity in kids age 5-8. I'm not necessarily looking for art
> related books but springboards for lessons. I've used The Dot to
> precede pointillism, Ish to precede cubism and Magpie Magic to
> precede Lauren Burch. Any ideas? I had heard of a book about a little
> girl who wants to use a permanent marker and then reinvents herself
> but I have not been able to find the title or author. Does this sound
> familiar to anyone?