Category Archives: Discovery

Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game

Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game”

If you love word games and riddles, you’ll love Michael Escoffier’s and Kris Di Giacomo’s Where’s the Baboon?

“Who made this painting?”

“Who is having a birthday?”

Illustrations provide context clues and the colored letters help to answer the questions.

This book promotes imagination and discovery.

TITLE: Where’s the Baboon? A 2-in-1 Book Game

AUTHOR: Michael Escoffier

ILLUSTRATOR: Kris Di Giacomo

PUBLISHER: Enchanted Lion Books, 2015


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery


1) Create your own hidden word game and play with a friend.

2) Take one of the words from the story and invent a new animal based on the remaining letters. For example: if the word is headmaster, the hidden animal word is hamster, the remaining letters are e, d, a. Use these three letters to invent a new animal. Pick three traits from your favorite animal to help create your new animal.


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Mix It Up!

Mix It Up!”

Mix It Up! is interactive storytelling at its best. Shake the book! Tilt the book!

What happens to the colors of paint?

Tap the paint! Smear the paint! What happens?

Make colors lighter, add white. Make colors darker, add black. Hervé Tullet encourages readers to explore, take risks and express their creativity.

This book promotes creativity, imagination, and discovery.

TITLE: Mix It Up!

AUTHOR: Hervé Tullet


PUBLISHER: Chronicle Books, 2014, 1st published in U.S.A.


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, imagination, discovery


1) Take one paint color and mix with another color. Take two paint colors and mix with another color. Take three paint colors and mix with another color. Then fingerpaint with the colors you’ve made.

2) Use unusual materials to make paint such as jello, food coloring, etc.

3) Add sprinkles of salt to paint. Paint with it. What happens to the salted paint when it dries?


To learn more about author/illustrator Hervé Tullet, visit:


Actual Size”

Actual Size written and illustrated by Steven Jenkins brings readers face to face with the actual size of an animal’s physical trait. Some featured animals and their traits in this book are a bear’s head, a dwarf goby fish, an anteater’s tongue, and a crocodile’s snout.

Readers can visually compare themselves to the animal by placing their hand against the page to compare and contrast similarities and differences.

Each page informs about the animal’s length, height and/or weight. Back matter includes facts about each animal.

This book promotes creative non-fiction, imagination, and discovery.

TITLE: Actual Size

AUTHOR: Steve Jenkins

ILLUSTRATOR: Steve Jenkins

PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative nonfiction, imagination, discovery


1) Pick an animal and one of its body parts that you can compare and contrast. Draw that part to its actual size. This activity could also be made into a classroom book.

2) How could you creatively present information about your favorite animal? With a group of friends pick different animals to research. Then write a play or song using the facts you learned. Present your play.


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What’s That Noise? (This Book Is Calling You…)

What’s That Noise? (This Book Is Calling You…)

An interactive sensory book, What’s That Noise?, has readers use their fingers to go on an adventure.

Fingers make sounds as they follow the trail of dashed lines and dots to catch the noise that is calling out.

Watch out for what’s hiding at the end of this book!

This book promotes creativity and originality.

TITLE: What’s That Noise?”

AUTHOR: Isabel Minhós Martins

ILLUSTRATOR: Madalena Matoso

PUBLISHER: Tate Publishing, 2016


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality


1) Go on a sound walk with someone. During your walk, listen for all the noises you hear. Both you and your friend each make a list of the sounds. Did you both hear the same sounds? The next day go on the same walk and see if you hear the same sounds or new ones.

2) Think up an invention that someone can use while going on a trip. What is the purpose of your invention? What type(s) of sound would your invention make? Name your invention.

3) Pretend you are traveling to another country or a different city or a different part of town than the one you live in. What types of noises might you hear?


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The Catawampus Cat

The Catawampus Cat

The new cat enters the town walking askew.

The grocer and his wife try to straighten out the cat but to no avail. They wonder what is wrong with the cat. “Maybe he’s noticing something.” So they tilt their heads and discover something.

As the tilted cat strolls through town, people discover they can see better from different angles. Soon the entire town has gone askew. Then the cat stretches and straightens himself out, once again catawampus.

This book promotes originality, perspective, and being unique.

TITLE: The Catawampus Cat

AUTHOR: Jason Carter Eaton


PUBLISHER: Crown Books for Young Readers, 2017


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, perspective, unique


1) Brainstorm ways to see the world around you differently by asking how else might I see things around me.

Here are a few thoughts to get you started:

ride a Tilt-a-Whirl

spin on a Sit-and-Spin slow and fast

use a protractor to create an image from multiple angles

hang upside down from the monkey bars at the playground

2) Grab a dictionary and find unusual words. Make a list of these uncommon words with their definitions. Choose one of the words to create a character and/or story.


To learn more about author Jason Carter Eaton, visit:

To learn more about illustrator Gus Gordon, visit:

The Missing Piece

The Missing Piece”

Circle is missing Its piece.

It searches…

and searches…

Finally, Circle finds Its missing piece. And It fits perfectly. Circle is whole. But It can no longer sing Its happy song and It rolls so fast that It can’t stop to have adventures. Circle gently places Its piece on the ground and rolls on, singing and having an adventure.

This book promotes creativity and whole/parts.

TITLE: The Missing Piece

AUTHOR: Shel Silverstein

ILLUSTRATOR: Shel Silverstein

PUBLISHER: 1976, renewed 2004 Evil Eye, LLC


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, parts of a whole


1) Plan an adventure. Where would your adventure take place? How would it start? What would happen during your adventure? What people or things would you encounter? How does your adventure end?

2) Write about a time that something very important to you went missing. How did you feel? What did you do to feel “whole” again?


To learn more about author/illustrator Shel Silverstein, visit:

Tomorrow’s Alphabet

Tomorrow’s Alphabet”

In Tomorrow’s Alphabet, you’ll have to think ahead. Not your ordinary alphabet storybook, author George Shannon takes a different perspective, taking what happens today and showing what it becomes tomorrow.


M is for caterpillar – tomorrow’s MOTH.”


O is for acorn – tomorrow’s OAK TREE

In the back of the book, readers are challenged to create their own tomorrow alphabet. Or try their hand at creating yesterday’s alphabet.

This book promotes discovery, different perspective, and inventive thinking.

TITLE: Tomorrow’s Alphabet

AUTHOR: George Shannon


PUBLISHER: Greenwillow Books, 1996


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, different perspective, inventive thinking


1) Make an ABC list of your favorite sounding words. Your words can begin or end with each letter of the alphabet.

For example, A – apricot B – bumble C – cubic

2) Sing the ABC song in reverse, beginning with Z.

3) Write an ABC poem of your favorite things, using each letter to start the next line of your poem.


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The Most Magnificent Thing

“The Most Magnificent Thing

One day a girl has a wonderful idea to make the most magnificent thing. She knows how it will look and how it will work. After she makes it, it doesn’t look or work how she imagined.

She tries again and again but it still won’t work. It isn’t magnificent.

Frustrated and angry, she quits. Her trusty helper tells her to go for a walk.

When they return, she sees all the things she created. Each one better than before. That gives her an idea…

This book promotes discovery, the creative process, and risk-taking.

TITLE: The Most Magnificent Thing

AUTHOR: Ashley Spires

ILLUSTRATOR: Ashley Spires

PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press, 2014


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, the creative process, risk-taking


1) Pick an invention that interests you. What might you change to make it better? What might you add or subtract from it? Can you substitute a different part? What else can the invention be used for?

2) What do you do when you are frustrated? Do you quit, give up? Do you push forward and try again? Do you try a new approach? Tell about a time that you wanted to quit but you didn’t.


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“Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes”

Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes”

Salley Mavor’s gorgeous artwork  brings a fresh perspective to beloved nursery rhymes. Each rhyme features Mavor’s handsewn characters and scenes.

This book promotes discovery, imagination, uniqueness and originality.

TITLE: Pocketful of Posies: A Treasury of Nursery Rhymes

Collected by: Salley Mavor


PUBLISHER: Houghton Mifflin, 2010


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, imagination, uniqueness, originality


1) Make a no-sew finger puppet.

2) Make a cast of characters from your favorite nursery rhyme. Act out the rhyme.


To learn more about illustrator Salley Mavor, visit:

Harold Finds A Voice

Harold Finds A Voice”

In Harold Finds A Voice, Harold, a great mimicking parrot, grows tired of repeating the same sounds and escapes from home.

As he flies through Paris and hears new sounds, he discovers that everything has its own voice.

But when Harold speaks, he emits a horrible sound.

Will Harold find a voice?

Readers can mimic the sounds that Harold encounters on his journey.

This book promotes discovery, individuality, and risk-taking.

TITLE: Harold Finds A Voice

AUTHOR: Courtney Dicmas

ILLUSTRATOR: Courtney Dicmas

PUBLISHER: Child’s Play Inc., 2013


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, individuality, risk-taking


1) The illustrations in this book do not use solid or completed outlines. Using watercolor paints, create a scene and/or character. If you’d like, add incomplete outlines using a black pen or marker.

2) Think of all the objects in your home that makes a sound. Write down the sound using onomatopoeia (the imitation of a sound that an item makes). See if you can create 20 onomatopoeias.

For example: toaster: Frzz! Ding!

blender: Bweee!

coffee pot: Burble

oil in a frying pan: spiz


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