Wednesday, August 10, 2016

#pb10for10: Books to Promote Dreaming and Creating.


Thank you to Cathy Mere and Mandy Robek for this yearly celebration of picture books.  Join in to share and learn here.

So this past school year, everything was a possibility. 
It opened up a part of me to dream again.  
The best part was getting to share that feeling with my students.  

Here are 10 books we used to promote Dreaming and Creating.  (And a little bit about how that went.)

Often, I would read and simply pose a question about the ideas in the book and off we went creating and dreaming!


I love this book, because part way in, what she is dreaming about isn't coming out!  How frustrating!  That was such a beautiful conversation to have with my kiddos this year.  And of course each time we read it, we had to stop and fiddle, adjust, and tweak.


This is my favorite way to start out the school year.  After we read, we stop and consider what our unimaginary friends look like!


A simple paper boat and the possibility of a rainy day was all we needed to create our own boats and adventures.  This wordless picture book was a favorite of my students last year.


What if your next friend was a ghost?  A friendly one of course.  A lovely story to dream about friendship.


So, the truth is my kids didn't really enjoy this book as a read aloud.  However, They Loved looking at it together and talking to each other in robot voices.


A perfect book for dreaming about what you might be when you grow up.  Paired with a spirit of thankfulness, this book is simply lovely.


This book has more of a biblical spin on dreaming about the future.  (See Jeremiah 29:11.)  It encourages readers to dream about the future and believe those dreams can come true.  I loved how the voice in the book lead children to believe there is a path just for them to travel on.   After reading this book, it was great to do some writing on what we were dreaming of being when we grow up.


While this book seems to be about a bus ride and the greatness of the neighborhood, it really opens up the opportunity for kids to dream and see the greatness in their own neighborhood.


What happens when you dream of a friend and one appears?  What if your imaginary friend isn't needed anymore?  A lovely story about dreaming of friendship and what to do when that dream comes true!

And I couldn't let today go by without:


Whether it's a dream, or an idea that needs to be tinkered with, I love that kiddos are so eager to share.  After this book, I've seen stories, artwork, block cities...the list could go on.

What do you dream about?  Has it lead to any creations you are excited about?  Want to share?



  1. Imaginary Fred looks interesting. And illustrations by Oliver Jeffers, to boot. Thanks.
    Apples with Many Seeds

  2. I love the idea of dreaming, talking and creating, Kendra. I know these except for Imaginary Fred, and it sounds rather poignant. I'll find it for sure. Thanks!

  3. Imaginary Fred is new to me - what a lovely book it sounds like to get kids thinking about loneliness and friendship.

  4. This is a terrific list! I've added Thankful to my To Read list. Thanks for sharing.

  5. What a great theme! Love many of these books but am excited to read Thankful. Robo Sauce is new for me as well and I appreciate your review from your students! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Really enjoyed reading your list! I've added Thankful and others to my list!