Vincent Can’t Sleep

Introducing art history to my girls is not always an easy task; there are so many questions about why and how. So when I found this book at the library that touched on the life of Vincent Van Gogh, I swiped it off the shelf like a wild woman.


This gentle story highlights important milestones in Van Gogh’s life, all strung together with the truthful fiber of him not being able to sleep. It’s a beautiful biography and easy for little ones to understand, providing the perfect launchpad for showing them important works of art; like Starry Night. I love that this book encompasses both history and a meaningful tale to showcase the life and achievements of such an important artist.


The illustrations are spot on with both renderings from true Van Gogh paintings to a friendly character that children can easily relate to. Every page blends effortlessly with the recognizable style of Van Gogh’s paintings, which I loved the most.


Vincent Can’t Sleep: Van Gogh Paints the Night Sky by Barb Rosenstock, illustrated by Mary GrandPre.

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