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The Snowman

“The Snowman”

Upon waking up, a little boy rushes outside to build a snowman. When night falls, a magical friendship develops. The boy welcomes the snowman into his home where the adventures begin – turning in and off lights, unrolling paper towel rolls, snacking on ice cubes, dressing up and skateboarding. 

In return, the snowman takes the boy outside where more adventures ensue as they fly around the world.

Author/illustrator Raymond Briggs uses 175 picture frames to tell this winter adventure tale.

This book promotes creative components of imagination, humor, and wonder.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because of its wordless wonder that allows the reader to picture-read this comic book style story of friendship.

TITLE: The Snowman

AUTHOR: Raymond Briggs

ILLUSTRATOR: Raymond Briggs

PUBLISHER: Random House, 1978


TOPIC(S): friendship, snowman

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: imagination, wonder, humor


1) Make a snowman using this easy salt dough recipe. Mix ¼ cup flour, 1 tablespoon of salt, and1 tablespoon of water. If it’s too dry add a little more water. If it’s too sticky, add a little more flour. Scent it by adding a ¼ teaspoon of cinnamon. It takes a few days to dry completely.

2) What things do you do with your friends?

3) For more activities: https://www.thesnowman.com/make-and-do/


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The Brain Storm

“The Brain Storm”

Follow a young boy as a bad mood pesters him throughout his day and rubs off on those around him.

His grandmother tries to help him by knitting the dark cloud into a sweater but ultimately he discovers that he must work through his own feelings.

Read to discover how this boy creatively resolves his dark cloud.

This wordless picture book is a thought-provoking exploration of disruptive feelings. Readers may interpret these as anger, anxiety, or even a creative brain storm.

This book promotes creative components of creative problem solving and open-ended interpretation.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because it allows the reader to interpret the story on their own.

TITLE: The Brain Storm

AUTHOR: Linda Ragsdale

ILLUSTRATOR: Claudio Molina

PUBLISHER: Flowerpot Press, 2019


TOPIC(S): feelings, social-emotional

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: open-ended, creative problem solving


1) Make a list of feelings. Next to each feeling, write the color(s) that you feel go with that feeling. 

2) Write on a piece of paper something that bothers you. Turn that paper into a paper airplane and let it soar away.

3) Color a piece of paper with lots of different colors. Make sure to fill the paper. Then color over those colors with a black crayon. Using a toothpick, scratch a picture that makes you happy.


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Mary Had A Little Lizard

“Mary Had A Little Lizard”

Best friends Mary and Lizard do everything together. When school starts, Lizard grabs his collar and leash.

But Lizard is not allowed to go to school with Mary. When he sees Mary’s open backpack, he sneaks inside.

And surprises Mary.

At school, Mary hides Lizard in her cubby but Lizard has other plans. Classroom chaos soon ensues.

Read this wordless picture book to find out what happens next.

This book promotes the creative component of originality.

WHY I LIKE THIS BOOK:  I like this book because the author/illustrator Kayla Harren does such a great job of storytelling through her expressive characters and clever take on the classic song “Mary Had a Little Lamb.”

TITLE: Mary Had A Little Lizard

AUTHOR: Kayla Harren


PUBLISHER: Sky Pony Press, 2017


TOPIC(S): going to school, friendship



1) Rewrite your own version of a nursery rhyme such as Humpty Dumpty. Think about changing the setting, switching one of the characters or altering the final outcome.

2) Lizard and Mary loved painting. Create handprint art. Dab the palm and fingers of your hand with paint. Then press onto a blank sheet of paper. When your print has dried, add other elements to it to change it into something else like a spider or fish or even a lizard.


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