The Best Books to Nurture Creativity in Children

Author  : Sherry Helms

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”

Pablo Picasso

Creativity is a power to express yourself in your own way of creating something new and unique. It is said that kids are born with creativity. That may be true but keeping it alive is something that needs extra care and attention. Here is the list of valuable books that will inspire and motivate kids to fulfill their creative impulses. Have a look:

Ish by Peter Reynolds

Ish is an excellent book to share with kids to encourage them that not everything they do or create needs to be perfect and those even imperfect things can be still enjoyed. This is an inspiring tale from the author of the award-winning picture book The Dot. Ramon who loses his love for drawing after his elder brother’s reckless remark, until his younger sister teaches him that imperfection can be a wonderful thing. Combining the spareness of fable with the potency of parable, Peter Reynolds shines a bright beam of light on the need to kindle and tend our creative flames with care.

Beautiful Oops- By Barney Saltzberg

In our perfectionist world, this book wonderfully teaches young readers how every mistake can lead to a beautiful new adventure. This delightful, interactive book is an enjoyably tactile journeying of the possibilities inherent in mistakes. Extremely inspiring board book, Beautiful Oops is filled with pull-the-flaps, overlays, bends, pop-ups, and pretty amazing not to mention surprising feats of paper engineering. An excellent and must have book especially for the parents of perfectionist children!

The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola

This is a charming book written by the author and illustrator of many beloved books- Tomie dePaola. Based on artist’s own life experience, this encouraging book gives an important message to young people to not quit. Tommy knows he wants to be an artist when he grows up. When Tommy gets to school and finds out that the art lessons are full of “rules”, he is surprised and dismayed. How the wise art teacher finds a way to give Tommy the freedom to create and stay within the “rules” makes a wonderfully perceptive picture book about growing up and keeping one’s individuality.


Scribbles: A Really Giant Drawing and Coloring Book by Taro Gomi

Unlike other ordinary coloring book, Scribbles is packed with many crazy ideas to get children imaginations flying. With playful drawings, funny scenarios and fun-to-follow instructions, this book is not just for coloring, but also for drawing, doodling, visualizing and thinking! Taro Gomi’s simple artistic style in his books appeals to both adults and children alike.  


Not a Box by Antoinette Portis

Dedicated the book “to children everywhere sitting in cardboard boxes,” Antoinette Portis enjoys the magic a large box brings to a child. Inspired by a memory of sitting in a box on her driveway with her sister, Portis captures the thrill when pretend feels so real that it actually becomes real—when the imagination takes over and inside a cardboard box, a child is transported to a world where anything is possible. 

The Cloud- By Hannah Cumming

The story of The Cloud  is based on a little girl who has a black cloud hangs over her head at school. Her classmate with a great deal of imagination helps to brighten up everyone’s lives. When the whole class draws a giant picture together, the Black cloud scribbles over the girl’s head finally disappears. The author has creatively used a little black cloud to express sorrow and loneliness of that little girl. A great book to share with children who often face the incapacitating feature of being shy and giving a positive message to others about being inclusive in the classroom and the playground.

So there you have it. Hope, our readers would find these books helpful.


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