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Books that Embrace the Power of Imagination

Books that Embrace the Power of Imagination

Children’s books are chock full of wild things happening-magical kingdoms, talking animals, and all sorts of fantastical events.  Preschoolers to elementary-aged children can live life through the eyes of wonder and imagination.  All month we’ve been talking about the benefits of kids developing a rich imagination.  Here are some books to help kids continue to believe in the power of imagination.  With the type of reality that we’re living through, you may need these books more than they do.  😉.

Using Your Imagination

This is Not that Kind of Book by Christopher Healy (Ages 3-7): Journey with a group of mixed-up characters trying to figure out exactly what kind of book this truly is.  You’ll love the silliness.

The Whole Hole Story by Vivian McInerny, Ken Lamug (Ages 4-7): When Zia finds a hole in her pocket, she falls in and her imagination takes her away.  Great wordplay! 

Wall Paper by Thao Lam (Ages 4-7): This wordless book depicts a shy girl too afraid to play with her new neighbors.  When she notices a tear in the wallpaper, she peels it back to discover a whole new world. 

Planet Omar: Accidental Trouble Magnet by Zanib Mian (Ages 8-12): Omar is an imaginative kid that always seems to find himself in some sort of mess. Great for Diary of a Wimpy Kid fans! 



Meet Yasmin by Saadiq Faruqui (Ages 4-8): This collection of short chapters present a girl named Yasmin who uses her imagination and creativity to solve problems.  Great for Mercy Watkins or Katie Woo fans.

Ish by Peter Reynolds (Ages 5-9): Ramon draws anywhere, anytime, anything.  After a blow to his confidence by his older brother, his little sister reminds him and reignites the very thing he loves about drawing.

Sam and Eva by Debbi Radpath Ohi (Ages 4-8) Sam is minding his business coloring away when here comes Eva jumping in with her designs.  As they battle over creative control, who will win?  Or will their creations find harmony?

What If… by Samantha Berger (Ages 4-8):  A girl thinks about all the ways she might be able to create if she has limited resources. 


Imaginative Play

Harriet Gets Carried Away by Jessie Sima (Ages 4-8): If your child loves wearing costumes, they’ll love this book.  When Harriet dons her favorite penguin costume for a store run (because that’s just what you do), she finds herself swept up in an amazing adventure.  

The Paper Kingdom by Helena Ru Kee (Ages 3-7): When Auntie Clara can’t make it to babysit Daniel, he has to come with Mama and Papa to work as night janitors. To keep an inquisitive Daniel occupied, they tell him stories of the king, queen, and the messy dragons and how it is their responsibility to keep the Paper Kingdom clean. 

Niño Wrestles the World by Yuyi Morales (Ages 4-8): A little boy (niño) who’s extraordinary wrestling skills help defeat the many monstrous folklore, native to Mexico. His fiercest opponents are Las Hermanitas (little sisters).  Nino realizes he cannot defeat them so instead, he joins them and together they create Los Tres Hermanos (the three siblings) where together they will fight the evil villains of the world. 

Nighttime Ninja by Barbara Dacosta (Ages 4-8): At the stroke of midnight, the ninja begins his mission.  As the house sits silent, he climbs, leaps, and creeps down the moonlit hallway.  When the lights suddenly flash on, what is a ninja to do?



What are your favorite books about embracing your imagination?  Drop a comment below.


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Kanika Mobley

Hi! I'm Kanika. I'm a mother and 20+ year educator. I started my career as a kindergarten teacher and fell in love with helping kids discover their reading identities. As they asked for certain books, I tried with all my might to keep the classroom library filled with high-engaging books that were both mirrors and windows for their experiences.

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