Category Archives: Imagination

Wash On!

Wash On!”

When Mrs. Gillis gives her daughter a bath, Petronilla says, “Wash On!” Instead of the colors washing away, they stain. Colors transfer to other things.

Soon Petronilla’s family and home are covered in color. They go to the doctor to see if there is a cure. The doctor diagnoses them with coloritis without a cure. Coloritis spreads through the town and the country.

As it spreads across the world, things begin to blend together, and even disguise Petronilla’s dog. Will Petronilla be able to stop coloritis and find her beloved pet?

This story promotes the creative components of imagination and perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because of its unique illustrations. For me, I enjoy mixed media because I feel it enhances the storytelling through the different layers of texture and color. I like how the author builds the story around the opposite of what should be done – wash on.

TITLE: Wash On!

AUTHOR: Philippe Coudray

ILLUSTRATOR: Manon Gauthier

PUBLISHER: Pajama Press, 2018


TOPIC(S): coloring a dull day, cause and effect, too much of a good thing



1) What is one of your favorite things? Imagine the world filled with this favorite item, and draw a picture that shows this. Then think about…in what ways might this affect others positively and negatively? Now draw a picture that shows a world that is in balance of having this favorite item.

2) Create a scene of your bedroom or other room of your choice, using mixed media materials such as newspaper scraps, fabric scraps, watercolor paints, pen or pencil, and stampers.


To learn more about author Michèle Marineau, visit:

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My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

“My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil”

When Grandma comes to visit, she asks her granddaughter about school. Instead of replying with the same boring answers, the girl draws portraits, adding special details using objects that show what makes each person special.

Who is her favorite teacher? 

Take a guess. 

An art teacher as colorful as a box of crayons.

This story promotes the creative components of originality and creativity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it takes familiar objects and uses them to create something unfamiliar yet familiar at the same time. People of all ages can try this art technique.

TITLE: My Best Friend is as Sharp as a Pencil

AUTHOR: Hanoch Piven


PUBLISHER: Schwartz & Wade Books, 2010


TOPIC(S): art

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: originality, creativity


1) Like author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, create an object portrait of one of your friends, using collected objects from around your home that would show your friend’s personality. 

2) Make a greeting card for a friend using different objects.

3) Create a self-portrait using different objects. Have a friend create an object portrait of you. Compare portraits.


To learn more about author/illustrator Hanoch Piven, visit:

Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!

Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!”

Brenna Maloney brings her background with stuffed sock creations to her first children’s book, Ready Rabbit Gets Ready!Sewn out of a striped sock with inked facial expressions,Ready Rabbit needs to get ready for the day, and this bunny’s imagination is on the go. 

Before he completes a task, bunny needs to build a spaceship, 

save an incapacitated whale, 

and drive a stagecoach. 

Will Ready Rabbit ever get ready?

This story promotes creative components of originality and imagination.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because it is a celebration of a child’s imagination. The character is original with his stuffed body and inked facial expressions. Humor abounds in this cute story that all children and caregivers can appreciate.

TITLE:Ready Rabbit Get Ready!

AUTHOR: Brenna Maloney

Photographs by: Chuck Kennedy

PUBLISHER: Viking, 2005


TOPIC(S): getting ready for the day, imagination

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality


1) Make Feeling Puppets. Write a list of emotions. Pick five emotions. Color five paper plates yellow. Draw a different face on each plate that shows the five emotions. Tape a popsicle stick to the back of each plate. 

2) Pick one of your stuffed animals. How might you move your stuffie to show different feelings?


To learn more about author Brenna Maloney, visit: