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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:


A Stone for Sascha

A Stone for Sascha”

A summer vacation is different for a young girl and her family without their beloved dog.

As the girl throws rocks into the ocean, she wonders and discovers a truth across the ages. A meteorite strikes Earth. This rock changes hands through many eras, becoming an important part of different civilizations.

Finally it lands at the bottom of the ocean and washes ashore to become something again.

A beautiful wordless story that deals with grief and how things never truly disappear.

This book promotes imagination, originality, and courage.

TITLE: A Stone for Sascha

AUTHOR: Aaron Becker


PUBLISHER: Candlewick Press, 2018


CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, originality, courage


1) Name one thing that goes on forever. How is the thing able to keep going on? What happens to this thing as time goes on? Does it change as it goes?

2) What else can a stone do? Brainstorm a list of ideas. Pick one of your ideas and change it into a story that can help someone.


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Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Can An Ice Cube Tray Be?

Creative Thinking Prompt: What Else Can An Ice Cube Tray Be?

Here is a plain, boring ice cube tray. Let’s change it into something else.

What else can you use it for?

Brainstorm a list of ways an ice cube tray could be used.

Here are a few to get you started:  storing buttons, sorting items, make edible treats with “hidden” frozen treasures inside them, a water collector, a part for a new invention

There’s a shark floating in my drink! If you could change an ice cube’s shape, what shape would it be? What would you use it for?

How could you use this tray of ice cubes to teach someone about the United States?

Pretend you are planning a birthday party for a worm, how else could an ice cube tray used?

Write a short story, using an ice cube as the main character. Besides melting, what else could your ice cube main character’s problem?

Have a cool day!