How about "The Lump of Coal" by Lemony Snicket- it's Christmas themed, so better for later in the year- it's about a piece of charcoal who collaborates on some art work. There is also "Macawber" by Jon Lithgow- about a painting squirrel...
Subject: Re: teacherartexchange digest: August 14, 2009
From: Deborah Sterner
Date: Sun, 16 Aug 2009 13:07:00 -0400
Pish, Posh, Said Hieronymus Bosch comes to mind
On Sun, Aug 16, 2009 at 12:57 PM, Kim Navarre wrote:
> Children's story books
> 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?