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Celebrate Art and Creativity

Lisa Dickson
The list author says: "Read-Alouds are listed below.

For fun story extensions, try acting out:
- Peter's Picture by Valeri Gorbachev
- Billy's Picture by Margaret Rey"
Perfect Square
Perfect Square
Beautiful Oops!
Beautiful Oops!
Not a Box
Not a Box
"(PreK-K) To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box. It can, in fact, be anything that his imagination allows"
Not a Stick
Not a Stick
My Book Box
My Book Box
"(PreK-K) An elephant wonders what he can do with a box."
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))
I Ain't Gonna Paint No More! (Ala Notable Children's Books. Younger Readers (Awards))
"(PreK-K) Based on the song “It Ain’t Gonna Rain No More,” this book can be sung or read."
Fox Makes Friends
Fox Makes Friends
"(PreK-K) Fox literally makes friends for himself!"
A Day With No Crayons
A Day With No Crayons
"When an artistic little girl is forced to spend the day with no crayons, she comes up with other creative possibilities."
Lissy's Friends
Lissy's Friends
"(Grades K - 2) Lissy creates friends for herself out of origami."
Zuzu's Wishing Cake
Zuzu's Wishing Cake
"(Grades 1-3) A young girl uses her creative talents to turn trash into treasure, turning boxes into racecars, a paper bag into a purse, etc."
My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits
My Dog Is As Smelly As Dirty Socks: And Other Funny Family Portraits
"(PreK - K) A child discovers that collage reveals more characteristics about family members than a stick drawing"
My Brother
My Brother
"(Grades K-2) A boy draws and labels various examples of his older brother’s coolness."
Courage of the Blue Boy
Courage of the Blue Boy
"(Grades 1-3) A courageous blue boy first learns to accept, and then to add to, all of the colors of the world."
Silly Billy
Silly Billy
"(Grades 1-3) A young boy is overwhelmed with anxiety, until his grandmother gives him Guatemalan worry dolls. Then, he worries that he is overburdening the dolls."
Patrick Paints a Picture
Patrick Paints a Picture
"(Preschool) Patrick's palette fills with colors, as he mixes them."
A Piece of Chalk
A Piece of Chalk
"(Preschool) Using chalk on a driveway, a young girl explores the various colors of her world, until the rain comes."
Chalk
Chalk
"(Wordless book) A rainy day. Three kids in a park. A bag of chalk. And then.... magic!!"
Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster)
Jeremy Draws a Monster (Jeremy and the Monster)
"(Grades K-2) Jeremy draws a monster, who turns out to be quite a nuisance."
Wolves
Wolves
"(Grades K-2) When rabbit picks up a book to read at the library, the subject matter truly comes alive."
The Best Pet Ever
The Best Pet Ever
"(PreK-K)When her mother tarries in buying her a pet, a little girl satisfies her desire with a pet rock, a pet glove, a pet balloon, etc."
The Little Bear Book
The Little Bear Book
"(PreK-K) A bear uses his magic pencil to draw himself out of trouble."
Un-Brella
Un-Brella
"(Grades K-2) This un-brella knows no seasons, breaking all the rules of nature."
The OK Book
The OK Book
"(Grades K - 2) A fabulous message that being “okay” at various activities is enough"
The Magic Raincoat
The Magic Raincoat
Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: And Other Poems
Behold the Bold Umbrellaphant: And Other Poems
"(Grades 1 - 3) Each entry is about a creature that is part animal and part inanimate object, such as a ballpoint penguin."
I Will Make Miracles
I Will Make Miracles
And to Name but Just a Few: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
And to Name but Just a Few: Red, Yellow, Green, Blue
Willow (Picture Books)
Willow (Picture Books)
"(Elementary Age) A curmudgeonly teacher discovers that one child's creativity can be contagious."
The Imaginary Garden
The Imaginary Garden
"(Grades 2-3) Theo and her grandfather paint their own imaginary garden."
A Cup for Everyone
A Cup for Everyone
"(PreK-K) When poverty causes his father to have to go to another village, a penguin learns to make cups in the shape of his friends in order to boost the family income."
The Pencil
The Pencil
"(Elementary Age) The ultimate in terms of personification: A pencil draws a boy and creates a world. A paintbrush brings color to this world. But then, an eraser tries to smudge everything out!"
Amandina
Amandina
"(Grades K-2) A talented dog who can sing, dance, act and do magic tricks decides to rent an abandoned theater and put on a show for the entire town."
Bird
Bird
"(Grades 4-6)Mehkai loves to draw - because mistakes in drawings, unlike mistakes in real life - can be easily erased."
Woolbur
Woolbur
Purplicious (Pinkalicious)
Purplicious (Pinkalicious)
The Painter
The Painter
Danny's Drawing Book
Danny's Drawing Book
The Red Chalk
The Red Chalk