I love Jacob Lawrence, so I'm thrilled to see this book. The book melds 11 beautiful paintings with life in the city, so, even if you don't have a little art fiend yet, those honks and beeps of city life will likely pull them in start them on their way. Written by Susan Goldman Rubin, published by Chronicle Books.
These 3 make a great set or stand on their own. All 3 books present an interactive introduction to the artists, 3 of my favorite artists, Alexander Calder, Henri Matisse and Pablo Picasso, featuring pop-ups, pull tabs, lift-the-flaps and cutouts. They even include an artist-inspired project to really give the full artist experience. Written by Patricia Geis, published by Princeton Architectural Press.
This one isn't about an artist, but it offers a slew of projects to help your child get crafty. There's no better way to experience art than to just make it yourself. Because, really, making is making, no matter what you call it. Written by Amanda Kingloff, published by Artisan Books.