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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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Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians”

Written by Jackie Mims Hopkins, Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians gives a classic tale a new twist featuring the library. Goldie Socks arrives at a cottage made of books to find shelves of books.

She browses for just the right book and searches for just the right reading spot.

But what will happen when the three libearians return to find Goldie Socks?

This story promotes creative components of originality and humor.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK: I like this book because I love fractured fairy tales. Jackie Mims Hopkins’ take on this classic tale educates while entertains. For me, that is the best of both worlds.

TITLE: Goldie Socks and the Three Libearians

AUTHOR: Jackie Mims Hopkins


PUBLISHER: Upstart Books, 2007


TOPIC(S): book genres, library, 5 finger rule for choosing a book

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, originality


1) If you were Goldie Socks, what type of cottage would you like to? What types of things would be in the cottage? Who would live in the cottage?

2) List five book genres. Which genre is your favorite and why? Tell a friend about your favorite book in your favorite genre.


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