Category Archives: Imagination

If the S in Moose Comes Loose

“If the S in Moose Comes Loose”

Opening: “If the S in Moose comes loose and the E breaks free… what’s left?”  

A gloomy cow. But cow has an idea. GLUE! 

When a goat walks by, she asks to use his G. She replaces the G with a B. Goat turns into a boat. 

Cow borrows L from Lake. She replaces the L with a C. Lake becomes Cake. 

Humor ensures as Cow borrows and replaces letters from others as she “glues” Moose back together. 

If the S in Moose Comes Loose spells a humorous catrasophe.

This story promotes creative components of humor and originality. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its humor and ability to use this in a classroom setting while promoting friendship.

TITLE:If the S in Moose Comes Loose

AUTHOR: Peter Hermann

ILLUSTRATOR: Matthew Cordell

PUBLISHER: Harper Collins, 2018

AGE GROUP: 5-8

TOPIC(S): rhyme, alphabet letters, spelling, friendship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Make a list of ten words. Remove one letter from each word and replace it with a different letter to form a new word. For example, dog -> log

2) On index cards cut in half, write the letters of the alphabet on each card. Mix these cards in a bowl or hat. Draw out five letters. Form as many words as you can with those letters. Put the letters back in and play again. Different variations: add more vowels to make more complex words, pick out less or more than five letters, or add blends such as st, sp, bl, br, cl, cr, dr, fr, tr, fl, gl, gr, pl, pr, sl, and sm.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author Peter Hermann, visit:

https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/actor-and-writer-peter-hermann-publishes-first-childrens-book-if-the-s-in-moose-comes-loose-300601289.html

To learn more about illustrator Matthew Cordell, visit:

https://www.hbook.com/2018/09/conversation-matthew-cordell/

My Heart Is A Compass

“My Heart Is A Compass”

Rose wants to be an explorer, a pioneer, a trailblazer. She is set on discovering something that no one else has ever found but she does not know what to find or where to look. 

Rose draws her own map with her imagination as the blueprint and her heart as the compass.


 She sets off on her journey, charting new worlds, even the cosmos. Yet she returns empty handed. What will Rose share for show and tell?

This story promotes creative components of taking risks, creativity, and imagination. 

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of Rose’s trailblazing spirit and the intricate maps she draws, which inspire my imagination and wonders.

TITLE:My Heart Is A Compass

AUTHOR: Deborah Marcero

ILLUSTRATOR: Deborah Marcero

PUBLISHER: Little, Brown and Company, 2018

AGE GROUP: 4-6

TOPIC(S): adventure, imagination, discovering new worlds

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: taking risks, imagination, creativity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Draw a map of your imagination. What are your wonders? What mythical places or things would you like to explore? 

2) Hide a treasure somewhere in your backyard or inside your house. Draw a map of your backyard or house. Write out directions for someone to find your treasure, using the four cardinal directions of north, east, south, and west. 

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Deborah Marcero, visit:

http://deborahmarcero.com/deborah/

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building”

Author/illustrator Christy Hale pairs children building with concrete poetry alongside photos of structures from around the world.

Readers will see how kids’ constructions can be expressed in the works of architects.

Backmatter includes explanations about the buildings and the architects who designed the buildings. Quotes from each architect demonstrate their thoughts about design and creative process.

This story promotes creative components ofwonder, flexible thinking, and creative expression.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the children’s buildings being paired with an architect’s structure demonstrates to readers how something simple can become complex. It inspires readers to compare form and design and wonder what they can create with materials they have laying around the house. I love children’s poetry and appreciate how the concrete poetry celebrates the joy of building.

TITLE: Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

AUTHOR: Christy Hale

ILLUSTRATOR: Christy Hale

PUBLISHER: Lee & Low Books, 2012

AGE GROUP: 4-7

TOPIC(S): architecture, building

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, flexible thinking, creative expression

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Research buildings with unique structures. Pick one. What materials that around your house most resemble your building’s structure? Build the building using your materials.

2) Play with wooden blocks.

“The maple wood blocks…are in my fingers to this day.” -Architect Frank Lloyd Wright

3) Utilize different types of building blocks to build an Outer Space city. In what ways do the different types of blocks work together?

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Christy Hale, visit:

http://christyhale.com/biography.html