Category Archives: Creative Problem Solving

The Brain Storm

“The Brain Storm”

Follow a young boy as a bad mood pesters him throughout his day and rubs off on those around him.

His grandmother tries to help him by knitting the dark cloud into a sweater but ultimately he discovers that he must work through his own feelings.

Read to discover how this boy creatively resolves his dark cloud.

This wordless picture book is a thought-provoking exploration of disruptive feelings. Readers may interpret these as anger, anxiety, or even a creative brain storm.

This book promotes creative components of creative problem solving and open-ended interpretation.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it allows the reader to interpret the story on their own.

TITLE: The Brain Storm

AUTHOR: Linda Ragsdale

ILLUSTRATOR: Claudio Molina

PUBLISHER: Flowerpot Press, 2019

AGE GROUP: 3-6

TOPIC(S): feelings, social-emotional

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: open-ended, creative problem solving

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of feelings. Next to each feeling, write the color(s) that you feel go with that feeling. 

2) Write on a piece of paper something that bothers you. Turn that paper into a paper airplane and let it soar away.

3) Color a piece of paper with lots of different colors. Make sure to fill the paper. Then color over those colors with a black crayon. Using a toothpick, scratch a picture that makes you happy.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Linda Ragsdale, visit:

http://thepeacedragon.com/about/president-bio

To learn more about illustrator Claudio Molina, visit:

https://www.freelanced.com/claudiomolina69831

“drawn together”

drawn together

A grandson is to spend time with his grandfather but there’s a generational gap. They don’t speak each other’s language. They don’t eat the same food. And they don’t watch the same television shows. 

Then Grandfather sees his grandson drawing with markers. He brings his pen and ink. And in a flash, they discover a new world that words can’t describe.

But when they’re closer than ever, the old distance returns. Will they be able to cross that generational bridge?

This book promotes creativity, creative problem solving, and diversity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this almost wordless book because it is a story that doesn’t need words for its message to be told. The graphic novel-story type illustrations add another layer. I really enjoyed seeing how this author and illustrator bridge the generational gap literally and figuratively. 

TITLE: drawn together

AUTHOR: Minh Lê

ILLUSTRATOR: Dan Santat

PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion, 2018

TOPIC(S): generational, grandparent/grandchild relationship, culture

AGE GROUP: 4-7

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, creative problelm solving, diversity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) With a friend or sibling, invent a language that only the two of you understand.

2) Build a bridge using your favorite food or candy.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Minh Lê, visit:

http://minhlebooks.com/about-1

To learn more about illustrator Dan Santat, visit: 

https://www.dantat.com

“Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!”

In this level 2 graphic novel, follow Benjamin Bear as he and his friend, Rabbit, “challenge” each other resulting in funny endings. (Level 2 denotes easy-to-read comics for emerging readers.)

This book promotes the creative components of humor and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is fun for all ages to read. The title caught my attention and I wondered how an author would use creative thinking in a comic book/graphic novel. I really enjoyed seeing how Benjamin Bear manages to make the best of a situation while offering a fresh, humorous perspective. 

TITLE: Benjamin Bear in Bright Ideas!

AUTHOR: Philippe Coudray

ILLUSTRATOR: Philippe Coudray

PUBLISHER: Toon Books, an imprint of Candlewick Press, 2013

AGE GROUP:  1stand 2ndgrades

TOPIC(S): problem-solving alternate solutions, comics

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, different perspective

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Invent a joke and then draw a 3-4 panel comic strip that illustrates your joke.

2) Take one of the comics from the book and brainstorm alternate endings.

3) Write a story about two friends who compete in a friendly competition. How do the friends handle conflict?

4) Want to read more Benjamin Bear? Read Benjamin Bear in Brain Storms!

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Philippe Coudray, visit:

https://www.philippe-coudray.com

To use comic creator, visit:

http://www.readwritethink.org/parent-afterschool-resources/games-tools/comic-creator-a-30237.html