Great Read-Alouds to Help Your Child Think Out-of-the-Box
I love encouraging creativity and problem-solving in my kids. Learning how to think outside of the box is such an important life skill. So when I came across these books during our many visits to the library, I was thrilled.
Each book invites your child to look at something differently – whether it’s a problem to be solved or just a new way of thinking about something. I love the discussions that have been sparked after we read each one and I encourage you to take a look at them. I hope they bring as much fun to your family as they have to ours.
Going Places by Paul A. Reynolds and Peter H. Reynolds is such a delight to read! It’s colorful illustrations and easy-to-read text tell the story of two classmates who work together on an annual school project. But instead of creating the same thing that everyone else has created year after year, these two students use their imaginations to come up with something brilliant. They defy convention (and some teasing too) while still staying within the confines of the project’s rules. I love what they come up with and how the book encourages readers to use their own creativity to solve problems in unique ways, even if it breaks the mold!
Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds is very similar to Going Places but it showcases artistic, rather than engineering, creativity. Marisol must figure out how to paint the sky in a mural for the school library…without using blue paint. At first this project seems impossible to her, but as she takes time to observe the sky throughout her day, she soon realizes that the sky’s colors are not limited to blue. This book inspires readers to really take in the world around them and allow their creativity to expand.
How to Train a Train by Jason Carter Eaton and illustrated by John Rocco explores what life would be like if you could have a pet train. How would you choose which train to take home? What would you need to do to take care of it? And how would you train it? You’ll have to read it to find out!
In This book is out of control by Richard Byrne, Bella and Ben are puzzled when the remote control doesn’t work for Ben’s toy – until they discover that it’s actually controlling something else! Each push of the button makes the situation worse and worse as they try to figure out how to get things back to normal. In an unusual twist, the characters ask for the reader’s help to get everything back under control. Rarely do books bring the reader into the story in such a fun and active way!
What would happen if every turn of the page placed the characters of your favorite story in a completely different book? In We’re in the wrong book! (also by Richard Byrne), Bella and Ben find themselves in the wrong book after an accident. Your child will have fun guessing what sort of book the characters are in and how they end up getting things back to normal.
I love discovering books that encourage out-of-the-box thinking. What books have you read that inspire your child to think creatively about the world around them?
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