International Creativity Month will soon be upon us, making this the perfect time to store up with creativity books for your preschooler. Here are seven that we particularly enjoy.
First published in 2010, this picture book written by Barney Saltzberg delivers the message that mistakes are not only ok but can become something wonderful. The book contains several interactive spreads with pop-ups children love.
A New York Times bestseller, What To Do With An Idea, written by Kobi Yamada and illustrated by Mae Besom, makes for a great Creativity Month pick. The book tells the story of a little boy who has an idea that he loves, nurtures, and grows. It’s a story for anyone who’s ever had an idea that was a little different, maybe thought of as too odd or difficult by some, and teaches the value of patience.
An absolute classic, Harold and the Purple Crayon, written by Crockett Johnson, was first published in 1955 and tells of young Harold as he goes on a walk in the moonlight with only a purple crayon. You follow along as Harold draws one adventure after another, ending with a drawing of his bed, dropping his crayon, and sleep.
Another all-time classic, The Carrot Seed, tells of a little boy who plants a carrot seed knowing that it will eventually grow into a beautiful plant, despite his parents’ doubts and those of his older brother. Written by Ruth Krauss and illustrated by Crockett Johnson, The Carrot Seed teaches patience, determination, and the value of believing in yourself making it a great Creativity Month pick.
In this wonderful story by Peter Reynolds, Vashti, a frustrated grade-schooler, believes she can’t draw. Her teacher frames the angry dot Vashti makes on her paper and brilliantly awakens Vashti’s confidence and creativity. Likewise, this makes it a great selection to celebrate Creativity Month.
Sky Color tells of Marisol, a child who loves to paint. Marisol is excited when her teacher asks her to paint a mural for the school library. But how to paint the sky without the color blue? Marisol dreams up a sky of beautiful and exciting color.
In this Theodor Seuss Geisel Award winner, Antoinette Portis ignites the imagination of youngsters. Is it a box or is it a rocket ship, or mountain or small rabbit, or race car or robot? The publisher cleverly presents Not A Box in a picture board book format. The sturdy pages and the size are perfect for young readers.
Founded by Ralph Munson, the world celebrates International Creativity Month throughout January. This coming month, enjoy reading preschool books to your little ones and light the spark of creativity within them.