It feels like I can’t turn anywhere without seeing Frida Kahlo merchandise at the moment, due to the current exhibition at the V&A museum in London (which Frida and I will definitely visit together soon).
We didn’t name our daughter Frida specifically because of Frida Kahlo, but the link obviously didn’t pass us by either. Frida Kahlo was an amazing woman who I have admired for as long as I can remember, and I’m very happy to have that connection to our daughter’s name. As such, we have acquired a number of books about Frida Kahlo over the years since Frida was born, and I thought this was the perfect time to share them with you.
Frida Kahlo and the Bravest Girl in the World: Famous Artists and the Children Who Knew Them (from the Anholt’s Artists series). This book is just wonderful, like the rest of the Anholt’s Artists series. It gives a lot of detail about Frida Kahlo’s life without feeling heavy or boring. The illustrations are lovely too. If you just buy one book about Frida’s life, this one would be the one to get. I really recommend it – so much so that I’m giving away a copy on my Instagram account.
Frida. This book has my heart. Although it’s not the most detailed in terms of learning about her life, the illustrations are perfection, and I love the writing too. I feel like this book gets across the “spirit” of Frida Kahlo the best. It’s gorgeous.
Frida Kahlo and Her Animalitos. Perfect for little animal lovers! I love that this takes the reader through Frida’s life through introducing us to all of the amazing pets she had – monkeys, dogs, a parrot, a deer, turkeys, and many more… The illustrations are very sweet and I feel it has a good text / picture balance for young children.
Frida Kahlo (from the Little People, Big Dreams series). This is my least favourite of all the books we have on Frida Kahlo. The illustrations aren’t to my taste and there is very little in the way of text or detail – however we have been spoiled by the other books, so already knew a lot about Frida’s life! I admit that I haven’t read any of the other booka in the Little People, Big Dreams series, so maybe they are better (I’ve certainly seem them featured a lot on blogs and Instagram accounts, so hopefully they are!)
Frida Kahlo: The Artist in the Blue House. This one isn’t a picture book with a story like the others I’ve written about, but instead features photos of Frida and reproductions of some of her work, along with information about her life. For young children I love learning about artists through story books, but this is a great companion to use alongside one of the books above.