Here are some links to news podcasts for kids.
Books that encourage art exploration
When a girl draws a panda, it comes to life and helps her embrace her own creativity and unique way of seeing the world. She might not draw it the way others do, and they might encourage her to make changes, but the panda she draws (along with other creatures) is the one that makes her happy.
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
The author gives suggestions for what to do when we create a scribble or paint a blob. How do we fix our art when it doesn't look exactly the way we want it to look? Saltzberg would say that none of these things is a mistake and all can be made into beautiful art!
The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Art class is over, but Vashti is sitting glued to her chair in front of a blank piece of paper. The words of her teacher are a gentle invitation to express herself. But Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, Vashti jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. What can you make from a simple dot?
Brookline Public libraries are providing a new service! Families can pick up a bundle of 10 picture books at a time-- no need to reserve in advance, just go to your library and ask the staff person for a "picture book surprise" bundle! Here's a description of how it works.