Books for Teaching Creativity
including creative problem solving

Teaching creativity is, of course, not something that can be done directly: "Ok children, be creative now." :)  Instead, creativity, inventiveness, and creative problem solving must be fostered, encouraged, not "taught". Teachers and parents can do a lot to foster creativity in children, like:

  • share stories of creativity, inventiveness, and creative problem solving, *and then* discuss the creativity!
  • create situations specially designed to tap into a child's inherent creative spirit!

These books are super creative (in approach or the character's creative problem solving).  We hope the following books are helpful in teaching creativity to your kids!

adorable kids books for teaching creativity

The Dot
(everyone can be creative)
by Peter Reynolds
Preschool - 4th grade



Ish
(it doesn't have to be perfect)
by Peter Reynolds
Kindergarten - 3rd grade



Sky Color
(inspiration and creativity)
by Peter Reynolds
Kindergarten - 4th grade



Elephants Can Paint Too!
(even elephants can be creative)
by Katya Arnold
Preschool - 2nd grade



Going Places
(thinking outside the box)
by Paul and Peter Reynolds
Preschool - 3rd grade



Westlandia
(creative kid creates civilization!)
by Paul Fleischman
great for all ages



Art
(trying different types of art)
by Patrick McDonnell
Preschool - 1st grade



Perfect Square
(one square, many possibilities)
by Michael Hall
Preschool - 1st grade



The Day the Crayons Quit
(being creative with color)
by Drew Daywalt
Preschool - 2nd grade



A Day With No Crayons
(creative urge, art all around)
by Elizabeth Rusch
Preschool - 3rd grade



Beautiful Oops!
(mistakes become creativity)
by Barnie Saltzberg
Preschool - 2nd grade



A Little Bit of Oomph
(make ordinary extraordinary)
by Barnie Saltzberg
Preschool - 2nd grade



Not a Box
(being imaginative about a
simple cardboard box)

by Antoinette Portis
Preschool - 1st grade



Not a Stick
(being imaginative about
a simple stick)

by Antoinette Portis
Preschool - 1st grade



Iggy Peck, Architect
by Andrea Beaty
illustr by David Roberts
Kindergarten - 3rd grade



Lots of Dots
(looking creatively at the world)
by Craig Frazier
Preschool - 1st grade



Lookalikes series
(super creative series!)
by Joan Steiner
fun for all ages



What Do You Do With
an Idea?
  (creativity in ideas)
by Kobe Yamada
Preschool - 2nd grade



Arnie the Doughnut
(creative problem solving!)
by Laurie Keller
Kindergarten - 3rd grade



Art and Max
(fun with art mediums)
by David Wiesner
great for all ages



The Three Pigs
(super creative approach to
a very familiar story)

by David Wiesner
great for all ages



Flotsam
(super creative book!)
by David Wiesner
great for all ages



Sector 7
(super creative book)
by David Wiesner
great for all ages



Apples to Oregon
(creative problem solving
and a little history as well)

by Deborah Hopkinson
Kindergarten - 4th grade



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