Perhaps you’re hoping that your bambino will turn out to be the next Tracey Emin. Or maybe (if you really want to be kept in comfort in your old age) a future Charles Saatchi. Whatever your aspiration, there’s a glut of art-based books on the market to set your little one off on the right track. We’ve picked our favourites.
Start out with Art for Baby– a classic board book featuring black and white pictures (and a free frieze) by renowned contemporary artists, such as Gary Hume, Damien Hirst and Bridget Riley. The contrast images claim to transfix and soothe fractious babies and, as if that weren’t enough reason to buy one immediately, Â£1.50 from each sale goes to the NSPCC. Â£9.89 including p&p from Amazon.
Other board books to try are Counting with Wayne Thiebaud, which features the American artist’s famous paintings of cakes, hot dogs and lollipops (Â£3.99 from Ikon Gallery) and Andy Warholâ€™s Colors which… well, you can imagine (3.43 from Aphrohead), both by Susan Rubin.
Finally, my personal favourite children’s art books are David A Carter’s amazing pop-ups – the paper sculptures on each page are mini works of art in themselves and guaranteed to captivate even the youngest bambinos. His latest is One Red Dot, Â£12.74 from Amazon.