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Nancy Knows

“Nancy Knows”

Nancy knows she has forgotten something important. When she tries to remember, she thinks of all different kinds of things. 

Things with wheels.


Things in rows.

Sometimes her nose can do the remembering. Sometimes her ears do the remembering.

Finally tired of trying to remember, she stops thinking. Then she remembers! Read this book to find out what Nancy remembers.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, flexible thinking, and different perspectives.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the illustrations force the reader to pause and think and then assimilate common objects in an uncommon way.

TITLE: Nancy Knows

AUTHOR: Cybèle Young


PUBLISHER: Tundra Books, 2014


TOPIC(S): elephants, categories, remembering, friendship

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, different perspectives, flexible thinking


1) Draw an outline of an elephant. Draw things that you remember from days ago.

2) Find objects from around your home. Categorize the items any which way that makes sense to you. Draw an outline of your favorite animal. What do any of these items have in common with your animal? Arrange the items inside the outline of your animal.


To learn more about author/illustrator Cybèle Young, visit:


A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!

“A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!”

Watch out for Busy Creature as he chomps his way through apples, berries, furniture, gravy, ice cream, and more. When he mixes too many odd “foods,” oh no!

A fun approach to teaching the ABC’s with a bit of storytelling, too.

This book promotes creative components of humor, imagination, and a different perspective.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its main character’s humorous antics and how the author/illustrator brings a fresh take to a common subject. Enjoy this read!

TITLE: A Busy Creature’s Day Eating!

AUTHOR: Mo Willems


PUBLISHER: Hyperion Books, 2018


TOPIC(S): alphabet, adventure

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: humor, imagination, different perspective


1) Create your own ABC adventure that stars you.

2) Design your own creature that might like to eat things at school.


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Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale

“Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale”

Intro: “In a huge haunted house – with room enough for four, there lived three Scares: Papa Scare, Mama Scare, and Baby Scare.”

Papa brews up a batch of Alpha-Bat soup. Mama works in her lab. And Baby sweeps bats from the tower. 

Moldilocks sleepwalks through the cemetery, following the wafting scent of soup to the haunted house. While the soup cools, the Scares take a walk.

Moldilocks sits in their chairs, slurps their soup, and sleeps in their beds to find just the right one.

Upon returning home, the Scares discover someone has been in their home. What will happen when they discover Moldilocks? Read the story to learn the heartfelt ending.

This book promotes creative components of different perspective and originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because I am a big fan of fractured fairy tales and this tale is full of originality and heart.  

TITLE: Moldilocks and the Three Scares: A Zombie Tale

AUTHOR: Lynne Marie

ILLUSTRATOR:David Rodriguez Lorenzo

PUBLISHER: Sterling Children’s Books, 2019


TOPIC(S): fractured fairy tale, family, belonging

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: different perspective, originality


1) What things do you and your family do before a guest arrives? Pretend you have invited a monster to your house for dinner. In what ways do you make your strange guest feel at home?

2) Create a monster family. What types of monsters would be in your family? Who would be the mom, the dad, any siblings, grandparents, aunts, uncles, or cousins? Don’t forget pets, if you want them.


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