Imagine! The fantastic stories and expansive ideas in books can feed a child’s imagination and open up great possibilities. Children can imagine being anything, going anywhere, or doing anything. The power of imagination makes life exciting and solves small and big problems. Encourage your child’s imagination with some of these books:
“Not a Box” by Antoinette Portis. You may think a brown cardboard box is just a box. But with a little imagination it becomes a racecar, a mountain, a robot, a boat, or even a spaceship that can take you to other planets.
“The Red Chalk” by Iris van dar Heide, illustrated by Marije Tolman. A girl starts off with a piece of red chalk and keeps trading it for things she think will be more fun–marbles, a lollypop, a yoyo. Meanwhile, each child she trades with is having a wonderful time using his or her imagination to go on great adventures with the girl’s cast-offs. You’ll never guess what this little girl finally decides is the most fun of all.
“Quick as a Cricket” by Audrey Wood, illustrated by Don Wood. A boy imagines having the qualities of different animals. He can be as quick as a cricket, as large as a whale, or as strong as an ox. Along with physical attributes, the boy imagines emotional qualities too, so he can be as sad as a basset, as happy as a lark, as mean as a shark, and as quiet as a clam. What other animals can you and your child imagine to be?
“Ladybug Girl” by David Soman and Jacky Davis. When you are little it sometimes feels like you can’t do as much. You’re shorter, not as strong, and not as fast as say, your older brother. Enter, Ladybug Girl! Dressed in red boots with black polka dots and red wings, this young girl uncovers her inner super powers.
“Tiger in My Soup” by Kashmira Sheth, illustrated by Jeffrey Ebbeler. When a boy is bored with just a bowl of soup for lunch, “GRRRrrr!” A tiger emerges from the steamy broth and causes a lot of commotion.
“Cat and Fish” by Joan Grant, illustrated by Neil Curtis. You may think that a cat and fish have nothing in common, but that’s not the case if you use imagination. In beautiful black and white illustrations this is a story of friendship and whimsy.
Bring your imagination to Kids’ Book Fest this Saturday, November 8, 10am-4pm, at Boynton Middle School, 1601 N. Cayuga St., Ithaca, NY! Imagination is the theme of Family Reading Partnership’s 17th annual celebration of children’s books and admission is free thanks to an anonymous donor.
More than 3,000 area children received the book “The Squiggle” by Carole, Lexa Schaeffer, thanks to Wegmans Reading Centers. Come to Kids’ Book Fest and walk through the interactive Squiggle Central room, based on the book. Take home a creation from the Construction Zone art room, hear John Simon and Cal Walker perform Read-Along Songs, and visit more than 25 book activity stations hosted by community organizations. Babies and toddlers have their own special areas too, where there are quieter activities and board books to read. Don’t miss this chance to stretch your imagination and discover the wonder of children’s books!