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Hackettstown - Dream Themed Books



The Gardener

by Sarah Stewart, Illus. by David Small - 1997

Farrar Straus & Giroux

A suitcase of seeds creates a rooftop garden of flowers during the Depression.

Martina the Beautiful Cockroach: A Cuban Folktale

by Carmen Agra Deedy, Illus. by Michael Austin - 2007

Peachtree Publishers

Interspecies marriage seems to work for this bug choosing husbands.


Moving Blocks

by Yusuke Yonezu. (written & illustrated) - 2015

Michael Neugebauer/Minedition

Guess and find vehicles in colored tangram blocks, like trains, buses and even a ship.


Aaaarrgghh! Spider!

by Lydia Monks - 2004

Houghton Mifflin,

A spiders clever webs makes its wish come true to be a family pet.

Louis the Fish

by Arthur Yorinks - 1980

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Nightmares of meat turn a butchers son into a fish lover and then into an actual fish.

My Name Is Gabito: The Life of Gabriel García Márquez/Me llamo Gabito: La vida de Gabriel García Márquez

by Monica Brown, Illus. by Raúl Colón - 2007

Rising Moon

A bilingual bio celebrating the life of an author who manifested imagination and dreams with his writting.

Snowflake Bentley

by Jacqueline Briggs Martin, Illus. by Mary Azarian- 1998

Houghton Mifflin

A bio of Wilson Bentley who studyed the shapes of crystalline snowflakes, book includes three of his snowflake photographs.




by Marion Bataille- 2008

Roaring Brook Press

Pop-up work of art

Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

by Christy Hale. (written & illustrated) - 1996

Lee & Low

Kids drawings mirror shown structures in this poetic architecture book.


by Laura Vaccaro Seeger. (written & illustrated) - 2012

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter.

A creative look at the shades of the color green, that connects page to page using cutouts.


by Janik Coat - 2010

Harry N. Abrams

The opposite pairing of different looking hippos.

In Her Hands: The Story of Sculptor Augusta Savage

by Professor Alan Schroeder - 2009

Lee & Low Books

Augusta Savage bio

My Name is Georgia

by Jeanette Winter - 1998

Harcourt Brace/Silver Whistle/HMH Books

A bio of artist Georgia O'Keeffe whose individuality and creative journey graced us all.


Fancy Nancy

by Jane O'Connor- 2005


Girls who uses fancy words also dresses extravagantly

Hooray For Hat

by Brian Won - 2014

HMH Books

An elephant is cheered up by a new hat, and he cheers up his friends all day long.

Little Mouse Gets Ready

by Jeff Smith, (written & illustrated) -2009

Toon Books

Mom is taking the family to the barn, so little mouse gets dressed by himself.


by Karen Beaumont- 2013

Cartwheel Books

A girls imagination creates perfect party shoes


A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

by Marla Frazee, (written & Illustrated) - 2008


A summer vacation provides shared imagination between friends.

And If the Moon Could Talk

by Kate Banks, Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben - 1997

Farrar Straus & Giroux/Frances Foster

Bedtime story about what on Earth the Moon would say.

The Carpenter

by Bruna Barros - 2017

Gibbs Smith

A wordless book about a boys imagination that is sparked by his dads tools.

Crazy Hair

by Neil Gaiman & Illus. by Dave McKean - 2009


Wild imagination is set abound searching for what is lurking in a crazy hair do.

Hello Rock

by Roger Bradfield - 1965

Purple House Press

Imagination is the magic inside each child

The House in the Night

by Susan Marie Swanson, Illus. by Beth Krommes - 2008

Houghton Mifflin

A bedtime book opens a magical daydream to the stars on the back of a bird & home again.

I Will Never Not Ever Eat a Tomato (Charlie and Lola)

by  Lauren Child- 2000


Sister won't eat tomatoes until her imagination takes over

Lily Wool

by Paula Vasquez - 2017

Gibbs Smith

A helpful sheep fights her boring routine using her imagination.

Louis the Fish

by Arthur Yorinks - 1980

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Nightmares of meat turn a butchers son into a fish lover and then into an actual fish.

Madlenka’s Dog

by Peter Sis - 2002

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

After her parents deny her a dog, she walks an imaginary dog around town.

Prudence Wants a Pet

by Cathleen Daly, Illus. by Stephen Michael King - 2011

Roaring Brook Press

A determined girl wants a pet so she uses her imagination to create some until her parents give in.


Wow! Said the Owl

by Tim Hopgood - 2009

Farrar, Straus and Giroux

A symphony of colors is discovered by an owl who stays awake to see the world during the daylight hours.


The Things I Can Do

by Jeff Mack - 2013

Roaring Brook Press

A confident boy marks his accomplishments & feats by turning them into rhymes.

Self Expression


by Antoinette Portis. (written & illustrated) - 2014

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

Animals make different silly noises in different silly languages until a bird gets sillier.

The Iridescence of Birds: A Book about Henri Matisse

by Patricia MacLachlan.Illus. by Hadley Hooper - 2014

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

A bio of the artist Henri Matisse showing his early art & influences.

Viva Frida

by Yuyi Morales, (written & illustrated) - 2014

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

A bilingual bio and celebration of the creativity and imagination of artist Frida Kahlo.


Flat Stanley

by Jeff Brown - 1964


This first book in the series explains how he got flat.

The Most Amazing Creature in the Sea

by Brenda Z. Guiberson.Illus. by Gennady Spirin - 2015

Henry Holt and Co

Vampire Squid, Box Jellyfish, Barreleye Fish, Leatherback Sea Turtle, Angler Fish, Leafy Sea Dragon & more.

No Yeti Yet

by Mary Ann Fraser - 2015

Peter Pauper Press

A Yeti hunt by brothers discovers a Yeti tracking them, it ends with all of them sharing hot chocolate together.



I Got the Rhythm

by Connie Schofield-Morrison - 2014


A girl hears the beat of the street everywhere she goes so naturally she starts to dance.

Miss Tutu's Star

by Leslea Newman - 2010

Harry N. Abrams

A rhyming going for your dreams tale showing that encouragement can empower kids.


Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music

by Margarita Engle - 2015

HMH Books for Young Readers

A young girl’s dreams come true thanks to her determination

Night Worker

by Kate Banks, Illustrated by Georg Hallensleben- 2000

Farrar, Straus and Giroux / Frances Foster

A kid who loves construction sites dreams of going to work at night with his dad.

Trombone Shorty

by Troy Andrews.Illus. by Bryan Collier - 2015

Harry N. Abrams

Coming from just outside the French Quarter in New Orleans was a man whose trombone was twice as long as he was.

Fantasy World

Barn Dance!

by Bill Martin Jr - 1986

Square Fish

Fantasy about a boys imagination who discovers animals dancing till dawn in the barn.

Niño Wrestles the World

by Yuyi Morales, (written & illustrated) - 2013

Roaring Brook Pressk/Neal Porter

A bilingual boy incorporates his toys as tools for his Mexican wrestler imaginative playtime.


Black? White! Day? Night! A Book of Opposites

by Laura Vaccaro Seegers - 2006

Roaring Brook/Neal Porter

Concepts of multiple perspectives fill its interactive flipbook pages.

Dear Primo: A Letter to My Cousin

by Duncan Tonatiuh. (written & illustrated) - 2010

Harry N. Abrams

Mexican & American cousins compare their existences.

Dino Bites!

by Algy CraigHall - 2013

Boxer Books

A bug escapes after being eatten by a dino who is eatten by a bigger dino.

Dinosaurs, Dinosaurs

by Byron Barton - 1989


Characteristics of dinos personalities & forms are described.

Old Black Fly

by Jim Aylesworth - 1992

Henry Holt and Co

A fly buzzes and annoys all with his mischievous acts as he goes from A-Z before meeting his messy end.



by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories - 2006


Playing & snacking stops the bedtime routine for a puppy.

Good Night, Sleep Tight

by Mem Fox - 2012


A babysitter tells nursery rhymes to get the kids to bed.

Mama Cat Has Three Kittens

by Denise Fleming - 1998

Square Fish

One kitty likes to sleep when his siblings are playing, and wide awake and ready to go when they are sleepy.

Sleepy, Oh So Sleepy

by Denise Fleming - 2010

Henry Holt and Company

Babies of all kinds, whether humans or animals, will eventually get sleepy.

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