For a non-artistic teacher, the prospect of creating lesson plans for and teaching a drawing lesson can be quite daunting. Thankfully there are resources to help in the form of easy-to-follow drawing books for kids. Not only are these books great to support your drawing lessons, but your students will also love working through them in their spare time too! Here is a list of my favorite drawing books for kids.
1. How to Draw: Easy Techniques and Step-By-Step Drawings for Kids by Aaria Baid
This book tops Amazon's bestseller list for drawing books for kids and it's clear why. This book offers step-by-step instructions for a range of drawing projects such as animals, faces, lettering, optical illusions, and many more.
2. How to Draw Almost Everything for Kids: An Illustrated Sourcebook by Naoko Sakamoto & Kamo
This utterly fantastic how-to activity book created by Naoko Sakamoto is jam-packed with drawing techniques. It also has helpful pointers on artistic choices such as color schemes and coloring techniques, and plenty of room to practice new skills.
3. Learn To Draw: 3D Isometric Stuff by Herbert Publishing
This exciting book for ages 8+ is a perfect accompaniment to geometry lessons on basic shapes. This book will challenge your students to draw and shade 3D objects onto an isometric grid and includes activities to draw famous landmarks, vehicles, buildings, and city landscapes.
4. FORTNITE Official: How to Draw by Epic Games
If you have students who are obsessed with Fortnite then this is sure to become one of the favorite drawing books in your classroom. Students can learn to draw their favorite characters from the game by following simple step-by-step instructions.
5. How to Draw Animals For Kids by Activity Treasures
This step-by-step animal drawing book is perfect for younger artists who want to draw cute animals. It breaks down drawings into 8 simple steps which are easy to follow. If you have an animal-loving class, this book will be perfect!
6. How to Draw Minecraft by Steve Block
The simple directions in this book will help your students to create 3D drawings of their favorite characters. This is a great activity when covering 3D shapes with your class to get them excited and motivated.
7. How to Draw Superheroes by Thomas Media
This book provides students with an easy-to-follow guide for drawing popular superheroes. The easy steps are perfect for learners of all ages and will help to boost the confidence of less practiced artists.
8. How to Draw Cool Things, Optical Illusions, 3D Letters, Cartoons, and Stuff by Rachel Goldstein
Your students will be entertained for hours by this book, meaning it is sure to become a favorite. There are guides on how to draw fun lettering, optical illusions, and 3D objects. It explores the basics of drawing, teaching artistic techniques such as shading, scale, drawing 3D objects, and using perspective.
9. Pokémon: How to Draw by Tracey West, Maria Barbo & Ron Zalme
This fantastic book is a great guide to drawing over 70 Pokémon. Recently Pokémon has risen in popularity again and so you will probably find your students are keen to get involved with related activities and draw their favorite characters.
10. How to Draw Faces by Barbara Soloff Levy
One of dozens in the 'How to Draw' series by Barbara Soloff Levy, a retired elementary art teacher, this book is a superb guide to drawing faces, using guided techniques for scale and perspective.
11. Architecture for Kids: Skill-Building Activities for Future Architects by Mark Moreno & Siena Moreno
This interesting book is suitable for older students (8-12 years) and is a fun way to get children interested in the design and structure of buildings.
12. How to Draw Anime: The Essential Step-by-Step Beginner’s Guide to Drawing Anime by Matsuda Publishing
For any Manga or comic book fans, this book is a fantastic and in-depth guide to creating their own characters. The step-by-step directions will help them to create their graphic novel story!
13. Learn How to Draw Robots: (Ages 4-8) Finish The Picture Robot Drawing Grid Activity Book by Engage Books
Ideal for younger students, this book pairs well with math lessons covering symmetry. They will enjoy copying the mirror image of their robot and could even try making their own.
14. How to Draw Wizards, Dragons, and Other Magical Creatures by Barbara Soloff Levy
Another book by the wonderful Barbara Soloff Levy will help your students create drawings of magical fantasy creatures and beings such as wizards and dragons with ease.
15. Draw the Draw 50 Way: How to Draw Cats, Puppies, Horses, Buildings, Birds, Aliens, Boats, Trains, and Everything Else Under the Sun by Lee J. Ames
The late Lee J. Ames was an incredible artist who began his career at Walt Disney Studio. The clear instructions detailed in his book explore the basics of drawing and show young artists how to create a wide range of drawings with simple steps.
16. How to Draw Kawaii: Learn to Draw Super Cute Stuff by Aimi Aikawa
With instructions so simple that even a total beginner could follow them, your students will be able to create cute drawings of kawaii characters, animals, objects, and plants.
17. How to Draw Comic Book Superheroes Using 5 Easy Shapes by Steve Hilker
This book details how to create drawings of superheroes using only 5 simple shapes. This is great for younger learners and will get them excited about shapes! Combine this drawing lesson with a geometry lesson and you will have some fantastic artwork for your math wall display!
18. Draw 200 Animals: The Step-By-Step Way to Draw Horses, Cats, Dogs, Birds, Fish, and Many More Creatures by Lee J. Ames
Another drawing book from the fantastic Lee J. Ames series will teach kids how to draw a massive 200 animals in both realistic and cartoon styles, with simple step-by-step instructions. This book also draws attention to different artistic styles and techniques to grow your students' talents.
19. How To Draw Characters Step By Step For Kids: Disney by Marthe Leconte
Kids will love drawing 24 of their favorite Dinsey characters using the easy-to-follow steps in this fun activity book. This book is ideal for any student who loves all things Disney!
20. How to Draw Monsters for Kids by Rockridge Press
This fun book provides easy steps suitable for kids aged 6-9 to draw monsters and mythical creatures!