8 by Eight: Keep Kids Creative

8 by Eight

This month's 8 by Eight list focuses on books that inspire creativity, imagination, and art.

Ish, Beautiful Oops, and The Book of Mistakes are all reminders that the goal is not perfection, but instead, the goal is creative engagement with the world and your environment. What Do You Do with an Idea? and What Do You Do with a Problem? will remind kids (and adults, of course!) that ideas need to be nurtured, fed, and celebrated. Ideas grow when we give them space and care. Similarly problems are not to be ignored or dismissed. Problems help us engage in critical thinking. Beauty emerges from the creative struggle with ideas and problems. Not a Box celebrates imagination. Imaginative play encourages kids to create stories, thereby providing kids with agency over their environment and helping remind them that they are the innovators of narrative. Journey, much like the well-loved Harold and the Purple Crayon, illustrates a story about kids who use art and innovation to help them move through the world. Journey's intricate and imaginative cityscapes will inspire kids to develop and create their own new and exciting worlds. Finally, a list on art and the power of imagination would not be complete without Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat, which won the Caldecott Award for illustration. What better way to inspire artistic innovation than by reading Basquiat's story.

Enjoy these stories of art and imagination. Even more, enjoy your time together exploring your own creativity and imagining your own stories!


 

Ish (Creatrilogy) Cover Image
$15.00
ISBN: 9780763623449
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Published: Candlewick - August 19th, 2004

Beautiful Oops! Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780761157281
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Published: Workman Publishing Company - September 23rd, 2010

The Book of Mistakes Cover Image
By Corinna Luyken, Corinna Luyken (Illustrator)
$18.99
ISBN: 9780735227927
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Published: Dial Books - April 18th, 2017

What Do You Do with an Idea? Cover Image
By Kobi Yamada, Mae Besom (Illustrator)
$16.95
ISBN: 9781938298073
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - February 1st, 2014

What Do You Do with a Problem? Cover Image
$16.95
ISBN: 9781943200009
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Published: Compendium Publishing & Communications - June 1st, 2016

Not a Box Cover Image
$15.99
ISBN: 9780061123221
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Published: HarperCollins - December 12th, 2006

Journey Cover Image
By Aaron Becker, Aaron Becker (Illustrator)
$15.99
ISBN: 9780763660536
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Published: Candlewick - August 6th, 2013

Radiant Child: The Story of Young Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat Cover Image
$17.99
ISBN: 9780316213882
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Published: Little, Brown Books for Young Readers - October 25th, 2016