Art for Baby

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No need to make iconic art for babies ‘simple’ – just publish it in a board book format.

Art for Baby is a collection of 12 images by famous artists, each in black and white and each crisp, clear and thoroughly enchanting for babies. The book is curated by Yana Peel and includes works by Damien Hirst, Keith Haring and Julian Opie.

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It’s been shown time and time again that newborn babies respond most to high-contrast black and white images. And of course, it’s never too early to begin the reading habit. Which makes this board book the perfect choice.

Each image has been specifically chosen for the maximum visual stimulation and includes well-known artwork such as Damien Hirst’s Hypovase Prazosin Hydrochloride (that would be the spotty one shown below) and Keith Haring’s Radiant Baby. If your baby is anything like mine were, they’ll fixate on Patrick Caulfield’s image of a duck (there has always been a lot of love for ducks in our house).

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The book also includes a frieze, perfect for the nursery wall.

Art for Baby was first published in 2008. The latest edition raises funds for NSPCC, the UK’s National Society of Prevention of Cruelty to Children. Also by Yana Peel are the titles Colour for Baby and Art for Baby: Faces. All three books are suitable for newborns and older and are available online from Book Depository.

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Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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