Beyond the Box

A Listmania! list by Heidi Estrin (The Book of Life podcast, www.jewishbooks.blogspot.com)
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The list author says: "Following a workshop on convergent vs divergent thinking in children, I wanted to create a list of books that would inspire and support teachers in helping children to imagine, play, and think creatively, "outside the box.""
Like a Windy Day
1.  Like a Windy Day by Frank Asch
The list author says:
  "A poetic story about wanting to blow and dance like the wind, with an imaginary Wind Girl personifying the gusty air."
$7.00   Used & New from: $2.99
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

The Daddy Mountain (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards))
2.  The Daddy Mountain (Bccb Blue Ribbon Picture Book Awards (Awards)) by Jules Feiffer
The list author says:
  "Hasn't every kid pretended a grownup was a mountain so they could climb all over them?"
Used & New from: $29.99
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Sidewalk Circus
3.  Sidewalk Circus by Paul Fleischman
The list author says:
  "It seems like an ordinary day on an ordinary street, but with a little imagination it looks like circus day!"
$7.99   Used & New from: $0.50
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (12 customer reviews)

How Are You Peeling? (Scholastic Bookshelf)
4.  How Are You Peeling? (Scholastic Bookshelf) by Saxton Freymann
The list author says:
  "Any book by Saxton Freymann will inspire creativity and new ways of seeing - all his illustrations are made from expressive vegetables!"
$5.71   Used & New from: $0.01
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (72 customer reviews)

What Shall We Play ?
5.  What Shall We Play ? by Sue Heap
The list author says:
  "Three kids cooperatively take turns in suggesting imaginative games - "let's be cars," "let's be Jello" and so on."
Used & New from: $20.56
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)

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Just Look
6.  Just Look by Tana Hoban
The list author says:
  "A die cut hole in the page gives a glimpse of a photo; guess before you turn the page!"
Used & New from: $0.01
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Look Book
7.  Look Book by Tana Hoban
The list author says:
  "A die cut hole in the page gives a glimpse of a photo; guess before you turn the page!"
$13.86   Used & New from: $0.01
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

The Red Book (Caldecott Honor Book)
8.  The Red Book (Caldecott Honor Book) by Barbara Lehman
The list author says:
  "A fascinating wordless story in which each reader sees other readers reading the same book!"
$13.35   Used & New from: $0.01
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (59 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

I Spy Shapes in Art
9.  I Spy Shapes in Art by Lucy Micklethwait
The list author says:
  "Great for visual literacy, also helps readers look at art in a new way."
$17.99   Used & New from: $2.56
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)

Roxaboxen
10.  Roxaboxen by Alice McLerran
The list author says:
  "A nostalgic look at a pretend village built by kids for their own entertainment."
$6.99   Used & New from: $0.01
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (84 customer reviews)

Not a Box
11.  Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
The list author says:
  "A classic, award-winning story on the best toy ever - an empty cardboard box!"
$12.33   Used & New from: $2.66
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (134 customer reviews)

Not a Stick
12.  Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis
The list author says:
  "It's not a stick, it's a (fill in the blank). How many things can you imagine a stick to be?"
$12.33   Used & New from: $5.42
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)

The Dot
13.  The Dot by Peter Reynolds
The list author says:
  "A very moving celebration of creativity. Even if all you can paint is a dot, paint the best dot ever."
$9.57   Used & New from: $3.92
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (181 customer reviews) | 1 customer discussion

Ish (Creatrilogy)
14.  Ish (Creatrilogy) by Peter Reynolds
The list author says:
  "A follow up to The Dot, more encouragement for creativity."
$9.29   Used & New from: $4.92
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

Duck! Rabbit!
15.  Duck! Rabbit! by Amy Krouse Rosenthal
The list author says:
  "Look carefully at the picture. Is it a duck or a rabbit? The beauty of this book is that there IS no right answer."
$13.26   Used & New from: $0.99
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (103 customer reviews)

Mud is Cake
16.  Mud is Cake by David M. McPhail
The list author says:
  "Remember making mud pies? Mud can be cake if you use your imagination."
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5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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It Looked Like Spilt Milk Big Book
17.  It Looked Like Spilt Milk Big Book by Charles G. Shaw
The list author says:
  "A classic story about cloud-gazing and all the shapes you might see."
$20.29   Used & New from: $12.88
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (57 customer reviews)

In My New Yellow Shirt
18.  In My New Yellow Shirt by Eileen Spinelli
The list author says:
  "If you are wearing a yellow shirt, maybe you could be a banana, or a sun, or a taxi!"
Used & New from: $23.80
5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)

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Pete's a Pizza (with Audio CD)
19.  Pete's a Pizza (with Audio CD) by William Steig
The list author says:
  "Pete's dad pretends his son is a pizza. Hilarity ensues."
$26.96   Used & New from: $17.84
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)

The Three Pigs
20.  The Three Pigs by David Wiesner
The list author says:
  "A nearly wordless book in which the pigs escape the confines of their story and make up their own - amazing!"
$13.99   Used & New from: $0.60
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (143 customer reviews)

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