store to our shelves:
Inside the Museum: A Children’s Guide to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, by Joy Richardson (Harry N. Abrams, 1993). Chapters, with color pictures, include Behind the Scenes, The Collections, Egyptian Art, Ancient Near Eastern Art, Asian Art, Islamic Art, Greek and Roman Art, Medieval Art, Medieval Art/The Cloisters (which we have to, have to, have to get to soon), Arms and Armor, and so on, through all the other permanent exhibitions, including the Costume Institute which drat it is closed at the moment. Very good if you’re planning a trip there with children. I had looked for a copy at Chapters.ca and Amazon.ca before we left but came up empty-handed. According to the back cover, Richardson is also the author of Inside the British Museum and Looking at Pictures: An Introduction to Art for Young People, both apparently out of print.
How to Talk to Children about Art by Françoise Barbe-Gall, translated by Phoebe Dunn (Chicago Review Press, 2005); originally published in French as Comment parler d’art aux enfants. Includes pages color-coded by age (5-7 year-olds in red; 8-10 year-olds in yellow; 11-13 year-olds in blue), and the book is divided into three main sections: the introductory “A good start”, the explanatory “It’s OK not to know”, and the main “How to look at a picture” with good quality color reproductions.