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“drawn together”

drawn together

A grandson is to spend time with his grandfather but there’s a generational gap. They don’t speak each other’s language. They don’t eat the same food. And they don’t watch the same television shows. 

Then Grandfather sees his grandson drawing with markers. He brings his pen and ink. And in a flash, they discover a new world that words can’t describe.

But when they’re closer than ever, the old distance returns. Will they be able to cross that generational bridge?

This book promotes creativity, creative problem solving, and diversity.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this almost wordless book because it is a story that doesn’t need words for its message to be told. The graphic novel-story type illustrations add another layer. I really enjoyed seeing how this author and illustrator bridge the generational gap literally and figuratively. 

TITLE: drawn together



PUBLISHER: Disney-Hyperion, 2018

TOPIC(S): generational, grandparent/grandchild relationship, culture


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, creative problelm solving, diversity


1) With a friend or sibling, invent a language that only the two of you understand.

2) Build a bridge using your favorite food or candy.


To learn more about author Minh Lê, visit:


To learn more about illustrator Dan Santat, visit: 


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


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

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: taking risks, imagination, creativity


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. 


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


Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C

Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C”

Not your typical alphabet story, Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C, is a book created with Letter Art, which means every picture is composed of the letters of its name.

Readers will spell their way through New York with rhyming text and illustrations that showcase iconic structures,

famous people,

and yes, squirrels.

Each illustration is an artwork of its own.

This story promotes creative components of creativity, originality, and different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book’s orginality and creative way of learning alphabet letters and then, combining that with facts and features about New York.

TITLE: Letters from New York: Making Pictures with the A-B-C

AUTHOR: Maree Coote


PUBLISHER: Melbournestyle Books, 2018


TOPIC(S): New York, different fonts, alphabet

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creativity, originality, different perspective


1) What animal shape might resemble a spoon? Sketch out your animal spoon. What other items can your animal imitate?

2) Using your favorite letter of the alphabet, create a list of different fonts. Next, create a picture using those fonts of your letter.

3) Write a caption about a place, person, or thing that represents something about the town you live in.


To learn more about author/illustrator Maree Coote visit: