One of the best way to help foster your kids imagination is by reading with them. Here are some books to help inspire:
1- Where the Wild Things Are - by Maurice Sendak
It’s hard to believe this classic (which was adapted into a feature film in 2009) is already more than 50 years old! Likely because the tale of a young mischievous boy with a wild imagination still resonates. Meet Max, who dresses up in a wolf costume and wreaks havoc in his house, and is sent to bed without supper as a result. His bedroom then becomes a jungle, where Max is faced with creatures known as the “Wild Things.”
Where the Wild Things Are won the 1964 Caldecott Medal for the "Most Distinguished Picture Book of the Year, "thanks to the amazing way it has inspired the imagination of several generations.
2- The Day the Crayons Quit - by Drew Daywalt and Oliver Jeffers
This hilarious book has already earned praise, including titles like Amazon's and Goodreads' "2013 Best Picture Book of the Year.” It’s colorful, engaging and already inspired a follow-up book, The Day the Crayons Came Home.
The original book tells the tale of Duncan, who just wants to color, but finds a letter from his box of crayons that says, they quit! So poor Duncan needs to appease them and get them to return to coloring.
3- The Dot - by Peter H. Reynolds
This beautifully-illustrated book is about grade school artist Vashti who gets discouraged at the end of art class, and feels like she can’t draw. Her teacher encourages her to move past her self-doubt and become “a really great artist.” The Dot is sure to inspire readers to aspire for greatness and use their imagination to make their mark in the world.
4- Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs - by Judi Barrett
This imaginative tale is about a town that experiences food dropping from the sky -- it rains things like soup and juice, and sometimes the wind blows in storms of hamburgers. This story is so amusing and quirky, it was developed into an animated feature film of the same name, in 2009.
5- Chalk - by Bill Thomson
This stunningly illustrated book is more appropriate for older readers (while it states Kindergarten to Grade 4, it’s likely more suited to the older side of the range). It tells the tale of what happens when three kids find a bag of magical chalk in the park on a rainy day.
Keep on imagining and be good!