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everywhere, wonder

“everywhere, wonder

“I have a story to share. It is a gift from me to you.” everywhere, wonder written and illustrated by husband and wife team, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr share how places visited and things observed become a part of the story that makes up you. Readers travel to the moon, the pyramids, the canyon, a Zen garden and up North.

What do you wonder? What do you notice?

The places and things you see become a part of your story.

Look around you. There are wonders to be found. How are these a part of your story?

This book promotes discovery, imagination, wonder, inspire, and diversity.

TITLE: everywhere, wonder

AUTHOR: Matthew Swanson


PUBLISHER: Macmillan Publishing Group, LLC, 2017


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: discovery, imagination, wonder, inspire, diversity


1) At this very moment, look around you. What do you observe? Use your senses. How can you use what you observed to make it part of the story about you? Share your story.

2) Use your imagination. As you are walking along, you find something truly unique. Describe it. What does it do? What will you do with it?


To learn more about this Matthew/author/husband and Robbi/illustrator/wife team, visit: http://robbiandmatthew.com

Creative Thinking Prompt: Feed Your Imagination

Creative Thinking Prompt: Feed Your Imagination

Imagination is more important than knowledge. – Albert Einstein

How do you feed your imagination? What fills you with wonder?

To get started, answer these questions.

When do you feel inspired?

What inspires you?

Why does ______ inspire you?

Where do you feel inspired?

Who inspires you?

How does _______ inspire you?

Brainstorm ways to spark your imagination and inspire wonder. Pick one thing to do each day.

Here are a few to try.

Take a walk outside.

View something in a way you haven’t looked at it before.

Go to a discovery museum.


Read a book that has no words.


Look at the stars.


And remember…

take time to fuel your imagination often.

Creative Thinking Prompt: Paper Fish

Creative Thinking Prompt: Paper Fish

While thinking about a new story character, I surfed the web looking at images of paper fish. While creating fish from paper isn’t a new concept, I wanted to see what others had done and how that might inspire me.

I discovered Easy Peasy and Fun’s website and The Crafty Mom at YouTube. Using their easy tutorials, I made two fish creations.

A shark bookmark that looks like he is eating the corner of my book.



An accordion fish that looks like it moves.


Use the examples above to inspire your own unique fish creations. What types of fish can you create from paper and glue? Make your fish into storybook characters. Make a paper aquarium for your fish.

“Go Wild With Your Ideas!”

“Go Wild With Your Ideas!”


Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking

         Having trouble coming up with solutions to problems? Let nature inspire you. Many creative thinkers like Ben Franklin and Leonardo da Vinci observed nature and animals to inspire and “borrow” ideas to solve human problems. In this creative nonfiction picture book – Wild Ideas, author Elin Kelsey, uses scientific research to show readers how animals utilize innovation to creatively tackle their everyday survival problems.

Soyeon Kim’s beautiful artwork merges real-life materials, sketching and painting to produce inventive three-dimensional dioramas. This book promotes creative problem solving, nature, and idea inspiration.

TITLE: Wild Ideas: Let Nature Inspire Your Thinking

AUTHOR: Elin Kelsey

ARTWORK: Soyeon Kim

PUBLISHER: Owlkids Books, 2015


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative problem solving, nature, idea inspiration


1) Choose an animal you would like to learn more about. Research this animal. How does this animal solve its problems of survival? Think about a problem you have. How could this animal help you with a solution to your problem?

2) Take a walk outdoors. Observe the animals – birds, insects, mammals, amphibians that you encounter. What behaviors did they exhibit? Can you think of a machine or invention design that uses a similar behavior?


To learn more about author Elin Kelsey’s books, visit: http://www.elinkelseyandcompany.com

To learn more about Soyeon Kim’s artwork, visit: http://www.owlkids.com/featured-products/soyeon-ki/

To lean more, check out: http://owlkidsbooks.com/wildideas