Category Archives: Imagination

The Night Box

The Night Box”

 Have you ever wondered what happens when the sun sets and night awakes? In The Night Box, a beautiful poetic bedtime story, the magical nature of Night is explored.

Max watches the “last drips of light.”

After he gets ready for bed, he slips the key into the Night Box. Night tumbles out. It has a job to do.

After a busy darkness, Night gets sleepy. It returns to the box and Day spills out.

This story promotes creative components of wonder, imagination, and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because

TITLE: The Night Box

AUTHOR: Louise Greig

ILLUSTRATOR: Ashling Lindsey

PUBLISHER: Clarion Books, 2017


TOPIC(S): night, overcoming night fears

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, imagination, different perspective


1) In the story, everything has something in the dark. The branch has an owl. The wall has a tree. What other things can you think up that go together in the dark? For example, the lamppost has moths.

2) If you owned a box with a key, what would come out of your box when you unlock it? What if your unlocked box was filled with an element of nature, which element would it be and how could it help others?


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The Big Book of Games

The Big Book of Games”

To celebrate National Game and Puzzle Week, I am featuring a book that brings back memories of staying outdoors past dinnertime to play games like Red Rover and Lucky 500. Remember Hopscotch, Kick the Can, and Ghost in the Graveyard? The Big Book of Games celebrates these beloved childhood games.

Gathered in this lavishly illustrated volume are over four dozen pickup games with easy-to-read directions, safety tips, and helpful hints for more fun.

Challenge friends and family members to a game or this week. Have fun!

This story promotes creative components of wonder and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because

TITLE: The Big Book of Games

AUTHOR: Dorothy Stott

ILLUSTRATOR: Dorothy Stott

PUBLISHER: Dutton Children’s Books, 1998


TOPIC(S): games for indoor, outdoor, party, car, and singing

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: wonder, imagination


1) Invent your own tag game that can be played outdoors.

2) Play an indoor game that does not use technology.

3) Make your own puzzle. Draw and color a picture. Cut your picture into different shapes. Have a friend put your picture puzzle together.


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Beware the Monster!

Beware the Monster!”

InBeware the Monster!, written by Michaël Escoffier, a ravenous monster is on the prowl, eating everything in his path – apples, trees, and yes, even cows.

His great big appetite is not satisfied. Who will be next?

Readers beware!

This story promotes creative components of imagination, perspective,  and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of the clever twist ending.

TITLE: Beware the Monster!

AUTHOR: Michaël Escoffier


PUBLISHER: Annick Press, 2018


TOPIC(S): monster, scared, perception

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, humor, perspective


1) What are some things that scare you? How might you use humor to be less afraid?

2) Create your own monster that looks frightful. Now change your monster from frightful to silly. You could add silly elements to your sketch like polka-dotted antennae, striped teeth, etc.


To learn more about author Michaël Escoffier, visit:

To learn more about illustrator Amandine Piu, visit:

Please note this website is in French. Google Translator can be used.