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VIRTUES


Beauty


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.


Creativity


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.


Visionary


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.


TRAITS

Artistic


ABC3D

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.


Green

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.


Hippopposites

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.


Fashionable


Fancy Nancy

by Jane O'Connor- 2005

HarperCollins

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.


Shoe-la-la

by Karen Beaumont- 2013

Cartwheel Books

A girls imagination creates perfect party shoes


Imagination


A Couple of Boys Have the Best Week Ever

by Marla Frazee, (written & Illustrated) - 2008

Harcourt

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

HarperCollins

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

Candlewick

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.


Individuality


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.


Optimism


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


Froodle

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.


Uniqueness


Flat Stanley

by Jeff Brown - 1964

HarperCollins

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.


THEMES

Dance


I Got the Rhythm

by Connie Schofield-Morrison - 2014

Bloomsbury

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.


Dream


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.


Perspective


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

HarperFestival

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.


Sleep


Biscuit

by Alyssa Satin Capucilli and Pat Schories - 2006

HarperCollins

Playing & snacking stops the bedtime routine for a puppy.


Good Night, Sleep Tight

by Mem Fox - 2012

Scholastic

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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