50 Great Museum Themed Books for Kids

50 Great Museum Books for Kids

Happy International Museums Day! For this week’s book round-up, I thought I would do something a little bit different, so I’m sharing a whistle-stop tour of our 50 (!) favourite museum books for kids! You can see me introduce them all in my YouTube video below, and further down you can find a list of all the titles and authors. I’ll no doubt be reviewing some of these books in more detail some time down the line but for now, to celebrate International Museums Day, let’s take it away:

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Bibliography of featured books:

  1. Maisy Goes to the Museum, by Lucy Cousins
  2. Miffy at the Gallery, by Dick Bruna
  3. Squeaking of Art, by Monica Wellington
  4. The Museum, by Susan Verde & Peter H. Reynolds
  5. Lulu and the Flying Babies, by Posy Simmonds
  6. The Shape Game, by Anthony Browne
  7. Visiting the Art Museum, by Laurene Brown & Marc Brown
  8. Meet Me at the Art Museum, by David Goldin
  9. Art Dog, by Thacher Hurd
  10. William and the Missing Masterpiece, by Helen Hancocks
  11. Time Flies, by Eric Rohmann
  12. Gaspard and Lisa at the Museum, by Anne Gutman & Georg Hallensleben
  13. Curious George’s Dinosaur Discovery, by Margret & H.A.Rey
  14. Harry and the Dinosaurs at the Museum, by Ian Whybrow & Adrian Reynolds
  15. Bailey at the Museum, by Harry Bliss
  16. Museum Trip, by Barbara Lehman
  17. Lost in the Toy Museum, by David Lucas
  18. Mi and Museum City, by Linda Sarah
  19. Kubbes Museum, by Ashild Kanstad Johnson (available in German)
  20. Homer Henry Hudson’s Curio Museum, by Zack Rock
  21. Matthew’s Dream, by Leo Lionni
  22. Norman the Doorman, by Don Freeman
  23. Micawber, by John Lithgow & C F OPayne
  24. Arnold’s Extraordinary Art Museum, by Catherine Ingram & Jim Stoten
  25. Babar’s Museum of Art, by Jean De Brunhoff
  26. The Museum of Me, by Emma Lewis
  27. You Can’t Take a Balloon in to the Metropolitan Museum, by Jaqueline Preiss Weitzman & Robin Preiss Glasser
  28. How the Sphinx Got to the Museum, by Jessie Hartland
  29. Museum ABC, by The Metropolitan Museum of Art
  30. From the Mixed-up Files of Mrs Basil E. Frankweiler, by E.L.Konigsburg
  31. Speeding Down the Spiral, by Deborah Goodman Davis & Sophy Naess
  32. I’d Like the Goo-gen-heim, by A.C.Hollingsworth
  33. The Guggenheim Mystery, by Robin Stevens & Siobhan Dowd
  34. How to Take Your Grandmother to the Museum, by Lois Wyse, Molly Rose Goldman & Marie-Louise Gay
  35. The Night at the Museum, by Milan Trenc
  36. How the Dinosaur Got to the Museum, by Jessie Hartland
  37. Rocks in His Head, by Carol Otis Hurst
  38. Jack in Search of Art, by Arlene Boehm
  39. S as in Sky, by the Budapest Museum of Fine Art
  40. Who Stole the Mona Lisa, by Ruthie Knapp & Jill McElmurry
  41. Linnea in Monet’s Garden, by Christina Bjork & Lena Anderson
  42. The Green Fingers of Monsieur Monet, by Giancarlo Ascari & Pia Valentinis
  43. The Queen & Mr Brown – A Night in the Natural History Museum, by James Franci Wilkins
  44.  Ottloline at the Natural History Museum, by Sally Craddock & Corinne Pearlman
  45. Ottoline at the British Museum, by Sally Craddock & Corinne Pearlman
  46. Katie’s Picture Show, by James Mayhew
  47. Dogs’ Night, by Meredith Hopper & Allan Curless
  48. Mrs Soane’s Dog Fanny, by Mirabel Cecil & Francesca Martin
  49. Max & Zap at the National Museum of Scotland, by Molly McPherson & Natasha Rimmington
  50. What Maisie Did Next, by Aileen Paterson

One of my favourite museum picture books is actually missing from this list, because it seems to have disappeared from our library. It’s called ‘Clara Button and the Magical Hat Day‘, by Amy de la Haye & Emily Sutton, and features the V&A museum in London.

Do you have any favourite kids books featuring museums, either from list this or any others? If not, which book from this list takes your fancy? Do feel free to share in the comment below!


Disclosure: Please note that all the book links in this post are Amazon affiliate links. That means if you buy any books via these links, I receive a small percentage – at no extra cost to you! – which helps to keep this blog running. Books without links are available only via third party sellers. 


Comments: 12

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    21 May 2018

    Love the video! My kids love the Maisy books as well. I can’t wait to take my kids to their first museum soon!

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    21 May 2018

    Goodness, what a great list! You’ve got a few of our favourites but a whole heap I’ve never heard of… will have to try them out! I have a couple of others you could add – Flat Stanley (chapter book and picture book versions) feature an art museum heist at ‘The Famous Museum’ (I think it’s called!), and one of my all-time favourites is Anthony Browne’s ‘The Shape Game’, where a mum drags her reluctant family around an art gallery.
    Great list – will keep us busy a while…

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    21 May 2018

    Wow that’s quite a list and lots on there that we haven’t read! I had no idea that there were so many kids books that featured museums – well done compiling it!

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    Kirsty McManus

    21 May 2018

    This is the sort of list I would have gone crazy for as a kid! I absolutely loved all things museum!

  • reply
    21 May 2018

    Oh wow this is so helpful! I have never come across a museum themed book before but now I know where to find one – or fifty!

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    22 May 2018

    we haven’t read any of these books, my son loves museums so I probably should get one to read for him. Great list x

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    22 May 2018

    That’s a great list. Our grandsons have read some of them but there are quite a few they haven’t. As they love museums I’ll have to check some of them out for them.

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    22 May 2018

    This list must have taken you ages to put together. What a great idea! Just pinned it to my parenthood board on Pinterest. Always always looking for book suggestions! Thank you!

    Kat x

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    22 May 2018

    This is a great list but i’m ashamed to say we’ve not ready any of them. Will have to look out for some of them

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    Cara Hagemeister

    24 May 2020

    Try “Steal Back the Mona Lisa” by Meghan McCarthy. It’s very cute!

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