The Best Picture Books to Inspire Creative Thinkers

Stay in single file line. Keep your hands to yourself. No talking.  Life can be a bit boring sometimes when you’re a little kid. We adults impose so many rules that sometimes we forget to encourage them to showcase their unique personalities. So that’s when I pull out my favorite resource for connecting with kids: books! Maybe it’s because I’m a reading teacher, but I haven’t found anything else to better encourage kids to speak up and share their ideas. So take my advice and stock your shelves with my recommendations for the best picture books to inspire creative thinkers.

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“Can I Play, Too?” by Mo Willems

Piggie and Gerald include a snake in their game of catch and use creativity to ensure that everyone is included and having fun…even if they don’t have hands to catch the ball!

“Ish” by Peter H. Reynolds

Although Ramon isn’t the greatest artist, he realizes that his free flowing creativity and artistic imperfections make him feel alive, which inspires him to keep creating.

“The Lion Inside” by Rachel Bright

A small but mighty mouse discovers that if you want things to change, you first have to change yourself. This inspiring tale shows what can happen when you are brave and how you can find a friend in the most unexpected of places.

“The Cow Who Climbed a Tree” by Gemma Merino

Tina the curious cow decides to try something new, even though gravity and her sisters tell her that cows simply can’t climb trees. Eventually they all learn that you can do anything as long as you have creativity and motivation.

“The Dot” by Peter H. Reynolds

Timid Vashti learns that she can be a truly great artist as long as she believes in herself. Once she gains confidence the sky is the limit and she inspires other artists along the way.

“Red” by Michael Hall

Red is a crayon who looks red on the outside but is blue on the inside. With the encouragement of others, he learns to be who he truly is–BLUE!

“Oh, the Places You Will Go” by Dr. Seuss

Don’t wait until high school graduation to introduce your little one to this inspirational book. This realistic tale accurately describes the highs and lows of life, optimistically encouraging the reader to continue on his or her journey of learning and self discovery.

“Rosie Revere, Engineer” by Andrea Beaty

Anyone who has failed before will be inspired by this spirited girl whose dream of being an engineer is realized. It is the perfect book for anyone who needs encouragement after a failed attempt at success.

What Do You Do With an Idea?” by Kobi Yamada

This beautifully illustrated story realistically narrates the struggle many people have with coming up with a unique idea and how to persevere so ideas can come to fruition.

Looking for other great and inspirational books? Check out my Ultimate Book List!

Happy Reading!


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