Anna at the Art Museum Share this with a friend

by Hazel Hutchins and Gail Herbert
illustrated by Lil Crump

Best Bets List, Top Ten, Ontario Library Association Best Books for Kids & Teens 2019, Canadian Children’s Book Centre Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Arts/Music Purple Dragonfly Book Award, Honorable Mention: Picture Book Foreword INDIES Book Awards finalist The da Vinci Eye finalist, Eric Hoffer Book Awards Lillian Shepherd Memorial Award for Excellence in Illustration finalist Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist

Art is for everyone—even a bored little girl.

Going to the art museum with her mom is no fun at all for Anna. Everything is old and boring and there are so many rules: Don’t touch! Do not enter! Quiet!

A half-open door draws Anna’s attention, but this time, a guard surprises her by inviting her to go in. Here she finds a “secret workshop” where paintings are being cleaned and repaired. Staring
out from one of the canvases is a girl who looks grumpy and bored—just like Anna herself. With the realization that art often imitates life, Anna discovers the sheer joy to be had from the paintings on the wall.

Filled with representations of paintings from many world-class galleries, this charming book is the perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum.

Contains art reproductions from the Met, the Art Gallery of Ontario (Toronto), the National Gallery of Art (Washington DC), the National Gallery (London UK), and more. A full listing is included.


“Clever and endearing.”
—Kirkus Reviews, *starred review, 05/23/18

“Art truly is for everybody in this charming book . . . The attention to detail is sublime as Crump’s gorgeous characters and scenery work to mirror the featured pieces on the wall that span centuries and cross oceans . . . Anna at the Art Museum would be a great book to read before visiting a museum, to prepare children and manage expectations, but truly it is a good book to read any time.”
—CM reviews, *starred review, 12/21/18

“Lively and expressive, the digital pictures complement the empathetic, well-structured story, but it’s the visual interplay between illustrated characters and museum art that makes this such an engaging, enjoyable picture book.”
—Booklist, 09/01/18

“The subtle and clever illustrations blend Anna’s life and famous works of art together, mirroring each other—something that children and adults will appreciate as they read.”
—I Heart Literacy, 08/28/18

“So charming and so real . . . a worthwhile addition to home, classroom and school libraries.”
—CanLit for Little Canadians, 09/05/18

“Lil Crump’s illustrations are a delight. Each scene is filled with visual jokes that reward careful attention.”
—The Booklist Reader, 01/23/19

“Connection is at the heart of this story and those connections are shown with joy and understanding.”
—Sal’s Fiction Addiction, 11/18/18

“A beautiful, brilliant and creatively educational children’s book.”
—Epic Stitching, 09/24/18n

“Sure to be a hit with young first readers.”
—My Book Abyss, 10/31/18

“Each page is filled with motion and emotion, as well as with Crump’s impressive recreations of numerous great works of art.”
—Atlantic Books Today, Winter/18

“The perfect prelude to a child’s first visit to an art museum.”
—Learning Magazine, 07/23/19


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