Children's books

Why are children’s art books so important?

Art offers a chance to reflect on who we are and what is around us. That's why we believe it's important to develop great tools for thinking about (and with) art while you’re still a child. Art books are one way of developing these tools – a field that’s a high priority for MUNCH Publishing. In recent years we have published a number of books for children and young people, including Lene Ask's award-winning Noone Has Seen What You See (2022). It stimulates their creativity as they look at Edvard Munch's art, while encouraging them to reflect on their own way of seeing. 

We have also collaborated extensively with Swedish illustrator Ingela P. Arrhenius. This has resulted in a selection of books for slightly younger children: My First Books (2023), full of colours, shapes, numbers and opposites, and My First Words (2023). With pictures of everything from Munch's next-door neighbour's angry dog to a rainbow-coloured sun, the books encourage children to explore language, imagination and the world – at their own pace or in playful interaction with adults. In today's digitised society, we believe this kind of experience is particularly important, as it gives kids a chance to slow down and follow their own thoughts while running their fingers over the pages of a book.