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Our Top Ten Children’s Books to Celebrate National Creativity Day – Lee Scott and Helen Hadani

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Goddard School Educational Advisory Board members Lee Scott and Helen Hadani name their top ten children’s books that celebrate creativity.

  1. Beautiful Oops, Barney Saltzberg

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A life lesson that all parents want their children to learn: It’s OK to make a mistake. In fact, hooray for mistakes! A mistake is an adventure in creativity, a portal of discovery. A spill doesn’t ruin a drawing—not when it becomes the shape of a goofy animal. And an accidental tear in your paper? Don’t be upset about it when you can turn it into the roaring mouth of an alligator.

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2. Papa’s Mechanical Fish, Candice Fleming

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Candace Fleming and illustrator Boris Kulikov pair up to tell a fun story about a real submarine inventor in Papa’s Mechanical Fish

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3. The Giant Jam Sandwich, John Vernon Lord

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It’s a dark day for Itching Down. Four million wasps have just descended on the town, and the pests are relentless! What can be done? Bap the Baker has a crazy idea that just might work . . .Young readers will love having this lyrical, rhyming text in a new accessible format as they watch the industrious citizens of Itching Down knead, bake, and slather the biggest wasp trap there ever was!

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4. The Most Magnificent Thing, Ashley Spires

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Award-winning author and illustrator Ashley Spires has created a charming picture book about an unnamed girl and her very best friend, who happens to be a dog. The girl has a wonderful idea. “She is going to make the most MAGNIFICENT thing! She knows just how it will look. She knows just how it will work. All she has to do is make it, and she makes things all the time. Easy-peasy!”

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5. What Do You Do with an Idea?, Kobi Yamada

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This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child’s confidence grows, so does the idea itself.

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6. The Dot, Peter Reynolds

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Her teacher smiled. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.”

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7. The Day the Crayons Quit, Drew Daywalt

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Poor Duncan just wants to color. But when he opens his box of crayons, he finds only letters, all saying the same thing: His crayons have had enough! They quit!

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8. Not a Box, Antoinette Portis

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Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Antoinette Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over inside a cardboard box, and through play, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible.

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9. Rosie Revere Engineer by Andrea Beaty

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The beloved New York Times bestselling picture book about pursuing one’s passion with persistence and learning to celebrate each failure on the road to achieving one’s dreams.

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10. The Artist Who Painted a Blue Horse, Eric Carle

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Every child has an artist inside them, and this vibrant picture book from Eric Carle will help let it out. The artist in this book paints the world as he sees it, just like a child

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