PlayDrMom’s favorite children’s books about Creativity

An important aspect of therapy … be it with adults or children … is helping people think creatively.  This doesn’t mean making them do arts & crafts (although sometimes that helps), it means helping clients not getting hung up in one way of thinking, being able to imagine possibilities, & becoming unstuck in a certain way of being. Books about Creativity One way I work on this with clients is share a book with them about creativity and creative thinking.  Here are some of my favorites:


  • Willow, by Denise Brennan-Nelson … A girls journey standing strong and sharing her creativity.
  • Art Lesson, by Tomie dePaola … How young boy sticks to his creative passion.
  • I Ain’t Gonna Paint No More, by Karen Beaumont
  • Purple, Green, and Yellow, by Robert Munsch


  • Not A Box, by Antoinette Portis … A wonderful story about playful creativity.


  • Not A Stick, by Antoinette Portis … A great follow-up to Not A Box.


  • Ish, by Peter H. Reynolds … Ramon loved to draw, but he became frustrated that he’s drawings weren’t coming out “right”.  He’s little sister thought differently.
  • Sky Color, by Peter H. Reynolds … What to do if you are tasked to paint the sky … with no blue paint.

And here’s another post on 10 Children’s Books about Art and Creativity from Crayon Freckles. I shared this post on It’s Playtime!, Parenting Pin-it Party, Tuesday Tots, Teach Me Tuesday, Poppins Book Nook

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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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