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Imagine What Is in a Book!

Picture books help children expand their imagination. Reading stories about how other people think, what they do, and places that are different than their own, help children learn new vocabulary and think more creatively. It helps them be better problem solvers! Any book can be an adventure for a child when you talk about it as you tell the story. Ask your child questions, suggest some different endings to the book, and talk about new ideas. See if some of the following get your child’s creative juices flowing.

“Now What Can I Do?” by Margaret Park Bridges, pictures by Melissa Sweet. A raccoon child wonders what he can do now that it’s raining outside. Every parent knows that complaint! His mom sees all the chores to do inside and helps her son see how fun it can be to make everything into a game. Making his bed is much more fun if he pretends his bed is a boat. Putting toys away becomes herding cattle. Putting socks in a drawer is like making a slam dunk in a basketball game. Brushing teeth can be pretending to be a singer. After reading this book, you and your child can think of even more fun you could have around the house using just a little imagination.

“Magic Box” by Katie Cleminson. When a girl pretends she is a master magician, she makes animals appear and disappear in great abundance. Animals can float and play music too! Illustrations are ink outlines with blues and reds splattered into the background. With a wave of her magic wand, everything vanishes… except one thing… Read the book to find out what is left!

“Red Wagon” by Renata Liwska. Lucy has a new, bright red wagon and is ready to play, but her mother wants Lucy to use the wagon for chores. Instead of pouting, Lucy does her chores with her wagon and her trip to the market becomes a high-seas adventure, a ride through outer space, and a day at the circus.

DoCowboysRideBikes “Do Cowboys Ride Bikes?” by Kathy Tucker, illustrated by Nadine Bernard Westcott. A question on each page and then a rhyming answer tell about cowboy life, from what they eat and say, to what they do at night. This book is a great conversation starter. Is cowboy life easy or hard, fun or just a job? After this book you can read, “Do Pirates Take Baths?” by the same author/illustrator team.

“Mouse Mess” by Linnea Riley. What would your life be like if you were a mouse? This rhyming story has illustrations with big bold shapes and colors for young children. Mouse has fun after the humans go to bed, raking the spilled corn flakes, nibbling food, making a castle with brown sugar, taking tops off of jars–what a mess! After his night of adventure he takes a bath and goes to bed. Will the humans know that he has been there?



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Just Imagine!

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

“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

“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.

The Squigglesm

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!

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