Best Animation Books for Beginners

Updated: Apr 26, 2020

Animation is an art form that has tremendously evolved and changed throughout the years. There are countless programs and techniques to animate, but they all have one thing in common. Fundamentals! Below is a comprehensive list of books that you have to read at one point and keep in your collection. Trust us, these are books you will later reference constantly throughout your career. Let's cut to the chase!


Classics Everyone Must Have!

The Animator's Survival Kit by Richard Williams


This book is considered the the animation bible to many. Most universities make it a required textbook. It's an easy read with great in-depth examples of all the principles of animation.




Illusion of Life by Frank Thomas and Ollie Johnston