Category Archives: Imagination

Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

“Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington”

In this biography picture book, illustrator Amanda Hall’s pictures capture imaginations while author Michelle Markel’s storytelling capture Lenora Carrington’s fascinating life.

Ever since she was a little girl, Lenora only wanted to draw. She sketched birds, horses, make-believe planets, and magical worlds. 

Despite her parents’ wishes for her to be a well-bred English girl and get married, Lenora only wanted one thing – to become an artist. When she moved to London to study painting, she discovered surrealism. This was the kind of art she had to create. After moving to France, she escaped World War II by moving to Mexico where she lived the rest of her life, painting, sculpting, and writing.

This book promotes creative components of a creative person, imagination, taking risks, and inspiration.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because I enjoying learning about a creative person and their creative process. I like to see connections between their childhood and their creative talents. Additionally, the beautiful colorful illustrations spark my imagination to create.

TITLE: Out of This World: The Surreal Art of Leonora Carrington

AUTHOR: Michelle Markel


PUBLISHER: Balzer + Bray, 2019


TOPIC(S): biography of artist Leonora Carrington, finding your passion

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, imagination, inspiration, taking risks


1) Surrealism art combines things that do not usually go together, for example, a cell phone and a cow. Try your hand at surrealism art by picking two things that do not go together and combine them to create a new image.

2) Watch this YouTube video to learn more about surrealism.

3) Check out an art book from the library. Which art forms capture your imagination?


To learn more about author Michelle Markel, visit:

To learn more about illustrator Amanda Hall, visit:

The Wonder

“The Wonder”

This story is about a boy whose head is always filled with wonder. As he heads to the bus stop, he wonders where birds fly to. He wonders who makes the clouds. He even wonders what the crossing guard’s sign might taste like.

With each wonder, he is told to pay attention and stop daydreaming. Finally, in art class, his art teacher tells him to use his imagination. 

And he does.

Five wordless spreads illustrate endless creative potential.

This book promotes creative components of imagination and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the message is to embrace your wonders and use your imagination to set those wonders free. Wonderful things can happen will you do.

TITLE: The Wonder

AUTHOR: Faye Hanson


PUBLISHER: Templar Books, 2014


TOPIC(S): daydreams, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder


1) What do you wonder about? Make a list of your wonders. Pick one or two and use your imagination to create an answer. Visualize in your mind what that might look like. Then, sketch or write it out. Share your wonder with someone.

2) Think up new wonders each day for a week.

3) Color an entire sheet of white paper with colors. Next, with a black crayon, color over the colors. Using a popsicle stick or toothpick, draw a picture by scratching. With each scratch, the colors beneath the black crayon will be revealed.


To learn more about author/illustrator Faye Hanson, visit:

Animal Masquerade

“Animal Masquerade”

It’s a party! All the animals are invited but they must dress in a disguise. What will each animal dress as?

Bear decides to disguise himself as a snail. 

Snail disguises itself as a tiger. 

Butterfly dresses as  a bat.

And bat goes to the party disguised as  a big gorilla.

Can you guess what disguise the hippopotamus will dress as? See if you are right when you check out this delightful book from your library.

This 118 page picture book invites quite the party!

This book promotes creative components of imagination and discovery.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because readers can use their imaginations to imagine what the animal will dress up as while with page turns discover what the animal did dress up as.

TITLE: Animal Masquerade

AUTHOR: Marianne Dubuc

ILLUSTRATOR: Marianne Dubuc

PUBLISHER: Kids Can Press, 2012


TOPIC(S): animals, disguises

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, discovery


1) Make an animal mask. Here are some links for inspiration.

To make a paper plate 3D animal mask:

To make a foam animal mask:

2) Pick an animal of your choice. Study how your animal moves. Now imagine yourself as that animal and create a dance the animal would do when it discovers a surprise. 

3) If you were invited to a masquerade, what animal would you disguise yourself as? Then what would that animal disguise itself as?


To learn more about author/illustrator Marianne Dubuc, visit: