Books to Spark Creativity

Ish by Peter Reynolds is a favorite story in our house.  We have some perfectionists who live here and this story helped them to look at their artwork and writing in a whole new way.  I would recommend this book to kids ages 3 and up.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires is a book about determination and not giving up.  A girl and her dog work to create an invention that they both can enjoy but there are bumps in the road and frustration ensues.  I would recommend this book to kids ages 4 and up.

What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada a book about nurturing those ideas that come our way.  Throughout the story the child gains confidence in their ability to bring their idea into the world.  I would recommend this book to kids ages 4 and up.

Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg is such a cute book and great for the littles who may struggle with perfectionism.  It is interactive and the kids who read it below are super cute!  I would recommend this book for ages 2 and up.

Not sure what to do with all of those delivery boxes?  Read Not a Box by Antoinette Portis to your kids and watch their imaginations take flight.  The Read Aloud below is animated and lots of fun.  I would recommend this book to children ages 2 and up.

We are huge Mo Willems fans in this house and his book Because is one of our favorites.  This beautiful story shows that “because” one thing happens, another happens and so on and so forth.  This book is filled with the magic and wonder of music is sure to inspire your children.  The read aloud version below is a lot of fun. I’d recommend this book to children 3 and up.

Beyond the Pond by Joseph Kuefler is sure to inspire your child’s imagination and leave them wanting to explore their own backyards.  This book has wonderful illustrations and the woman who reads the book below starts you off with a little clapping song.  I’d recommend this book to children 3 and up.

Weslandia by Paul Fleischman is sure to inspire your children to start their own civilizations.  This is a fun book about a child who does not fit in with the other kids in his school.  As his summer project he starts his own civilization and slowly the other kids take notice.  I’d recommend this book for children ages 5 and up.

Maybe Something Beautiful by F. Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell is based on the artistic transformation of a California neighborhood.  In this story, a little girl named Mira starts an art revolution when she passes out her artwork to her neighbors.  It is a beautiful story that I would recommend to ages 4 and up.

What If…by Samantha Berger is a story about using your imagination in creative ways.  The young girl in this story will stop at nothing to find ways to express herself and share the creative ideas that she has inside of her.  I’d recommend this book to children ages 3 and up.

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