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!