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9 Pieces of Animal Art for Kids

9 Pieces of Animal Art for Kids

We are tweaking Anton’s bedroom to reflect his current interests — which very much include animals. So, I’ve been on the hunt for animal artwork. If any kids in your life like animals, too, here are a few to know about…

Which would you choose?

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(Top photo from Anthropologie.)

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  1. Hildeb says...

    Thank you for writing this – I was about to point out the same and you have worded it better than I would have. COJ, would you reconsider?

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh I hadn’t heard that about Anthropologie! going to read the article now — thank you so much!

  2. Jill says...

    Joanna, a completely different question: A few months ago you asked on your Instagram account which books you could read if you liked Gone Girl and Girl on the Train. I feel the same as you, I would like to read a similar book again. Could you share the recommendations? Thank you all the inspiration that can be found on your blog.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      oh yes! people recommended all the books by Tana French; The Guest List; and The Woman in the Window. Hope this helps! xo

  3. liz says...

    I’m in my 30s and kinda want that puppy drawing for my own bedroom! lol

  4. Catherine says...

    Love! My mother in law recently hand-drew a set of 9 animal drawings in ink for my son’s bedroom, and every night we make sure to say “goodnight” to all his friends (and the mountains!).

  5. Cynthia says...

    These are all good sources to support various artists and firms. For anyone on a tighter budget, animal calendars provide lots of choices. You can frame the photos or simply pin them to the wall. Current year calendars are often available for $1.00 by March.

  6. Libby says...

    I love love love that giraffe. But any one (or two, or three) of these would be terrific. It just depends upon what resonates with Anton. I am a painter, and have been in the mood to paint some cute animals recently, and offered a couple of my paintings to a friend of mine who runs a chain of early childhood learning centers. She said no, saying that realistic representations of animals are better than cute illustrations for helping children to understand the real world…this is something I never knew.

  7. AliB says...

    I really respect the effort COJ is making to talk about racism so I wanted to bring your attention to this article about Anthropologie racially profiling black customers.

    https://www.thecut.com/2020/06/anthropologie-allegedly-used-code-to-profile-black-shoppers.html

    I think one way to affect change in companies is to hit them where it hurts: their pockets. I love anthropologie’s products but I won’t buy anything from them anymore. Perhaps you might think about linking to another company’s website/products in the future?

  8. Helga says...

    I love this idea. Our stairwell is a long and narrow and needed a little something. We painted it white to brighten the area but that made it long, narrow, and bright but still boring. One year I gave my husband a photo of bears and he gave me a photo of a goat because I love farm animal rescues. That was the start of the hall of animals.

  9. Kim says...

    My little budding marine biologist paints his own pictures of the creatures he’s into. He just uses some big pieces of paper roll and tempera paint. He occasionally adds a new masterpiece or swaps them out.

    When he’s giving a bedroom tour, he’s very pleased to show friends his latest works of art.

  10. I’m obsessed with that elephant! I’m an animal artist over here ??‍♀️ Painter/illustrator and I have some lovely fun pieces (and puzzles) that are definitely kid friendly and also sneakily educational – all my work is based on true animal stories!

  11. Kaitlin says...

    I could never say no to a swan.

    My daughter’s space – because it is just a corner of the main room in our 600sqft – has my favourite piece of art in our house. It’s a line drawing of a bear by Jimbobart, a designer in the east end of London. The bear is wearing a spacesuit, with a cupcake on the sleeve. It’s every bit as whimsical as it sounds, and it’s an original: The artist posted it as a sketch to Instagram and I felt so strongly about it that I reached out. He generously sent it to us for only the cost of the postage.

  12. Maclean Nash says...

    Wow! The elephant HANDS DOWN is my favourite and all of its related products!
    I am tempted to whip out my markers and try my hand at creating my own animal drawings.
    Thank you for sharing these, I have two young nephews and these will serve as great gift ideas for the future.

  13. Jamie says...

    I have cut up my daughter’s favorite book “The Pigeon Wants a Puppy” and hung a few pages on the wall. She loves it because she recognizes it from the book. Its super cute and it was really cheap.

  14. Amy says...

    My 3 year old and I are big fans of Kelsey Oseid aka @kelzuki. Equal parts adorable, cool, and educational–looks great for a nursery but not too precious that it feels babyish when kiddos are older.

  15. Rahel Stampfer says...

    I love these prints by Jill Bliss (local artist up here in the Pacific Northwest) I have this one of marmots hanging in my kid’s room: https://www.jillbliss.com/#/new-gallery-2/. Maybe y’all will enjoy them too!

  16. Constance says...

    I have to say I’m a little taken aback by this selection’s…..quality. I don’t see the swans or the dogs being in a kids room in particular. I suppose beauty is in the eye of the beholder but what about all the cool maps out there? Or even some vintage zoological illustrations? No, let me just gaze up at staring zombie sheep as I try to fall asleep…shall we even mention the elephant?

    • Ingrid says...

      You’re right! Beauty really is in the eye of the beholder. I love the sheep….

    • Em says...

      Black and white patterns are actually recommended for baby rooms, since the contrast is appealing to them! Even though it might strike us as a little advanced aesthetically, it could be the perfect fit :)

    • Rebecca says...

      Thank you so much for sharing these, utterly stunning and now I’m obsessed too! I can’t decide which ones I want more!

    • Maclean Nash says...

      Incredible! Thank you for sharing!

  17. Scarlett says...

    These are so sweet. My 20 month old loves all animals that go “RAAAARRRRR” so it would have to be something like that :)

  18. Barb says...

    Did you ever figure out how to open the huge TV box in your bedroom? I’ll bet the remote is in there!

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      yes!!! and it was!!! Anton confessed shortly afterward haha.

  19. Francesca says...

    No cats/kittens???

  20. chelsea says...

    We found the best line drawing of a bear to go with our camping nursery theme from Etsy! It looks just like our state flag too (CA) which is a bonus, and one of the easiest animal names for my kid to say in spanish – ‘oso’.

    • Joanna Goddard says...

      these are beautiful!

  21. B says...

    Love these! Can anyone recommend specific shops or artists for adults?

    Trying to decorate my condo and I’m a bit lost as to where to start.

  22. Hannah says...

    Definitely the sheep! I can imagine Anton having very fun conversations with them.

  23. My friend, an artist, makes the COOLEST work featuring animals. I’m always pestering her for a price list and she never delivers, so not sure how “acquirable” they are, but you should at least check her out on IG! @emmasteinkraus
    https://www.emmasteinkraus.com/happy-animal/poodle2

  24. Madeline says...

    Not a print, but for kids who might be intrigued by unusual animals, I highly recommend the book “As I Was Crossing Boston Common”

  25. Lissa Tsu says...

    Oh and I really love the animal posters here. We are so happy with our Listen poster.

    https://www.thefarwoods.com/

  26. Leslie-Anne says...

    The sheep!