If you’re looking for gifts to spark your kids’ creativity, books are a great way to help them journey outside of their daily experience and open their eyes to what’s possible. Here are some titles on our bookshelf, and the reasons we love them.

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds:

The Dot by Peter H. ReynoldsVashti can’t draw—or so she thinks. This book is a reminder that creativity isn’t something you’re born with, so much as something to practice and build. Grab your copy.

What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi Yamada:

What Do You Do with a Problem? by Kobi YamadaBy stepping outside his comfort zone, the protagonist of this inspiring read is able to see his persistent problem in a different light. Grab your copy.

Anything Is Possible by Giulia Belloni:

Anything Is Possible by Giulia BelloniWhen a wolf and a sheep team up to create a flying machine, they try and err and try again, discovering just what’s possible through collaboration and perseverance. Grab your copy.

Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg:

Beautiful Oops! by Barney SaltzbergThis book is all about marvelous mistakes and celebrating the opportunities within the unintentional. Full of pop-ups and paper engineering, it’s great for experiential learners. Grab your copy.

Chalk by Bill Thomson:

Chalk by Bill ThomsonThis book offers great practice in being visionary—it has no words. With vivid, imaginative illustrations as their guide, kids can write their own words for a story about creativity and problem solving. Grab your copy.

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea Beaty:

Rosie Revere, Engineer by Andrea BeatySeven-year-old Rosie loves engineering, but is afraid people will laugh at her contraptions. To help her great-great-aunt realize a dream, she must conquer her fears to design something marvelous. Grab your copy.

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull:

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen KrullThis true story shows how Olympian Wilma Rudolph rejected the limited future she was offered and became the fastest woman on earth. Grab your copy.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson:

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett JohnsonOriginally published in 1955, Harold and his imaginative moonlit walk have inspired generations to envision and create a better world. Grab your copy.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer:

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan MealerThis true story follows 14-year-old William Kamkwamba and his mission to change the world by bringing a new form of electricity to his Malawi village. Grab your copy.

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spires:

The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley SpiresInventing isn’t always easy. When a young innovator with a big idea fails again and again, she gets so mad that she quits—almost. Grab your copy.

 

Want more inspiration? Check out Galileo’s reading list on Pinterest.