Friday, February 11, 2011

Inspiring Creativity Through Stories

When I was in elementary school, I wrote my own version of a children’s book (for a school project). It was called ‘Stinky the Dog.’ I must admit, it was loosely (closely?) based on our own family pet. In the story, ‘Stinky’ smelled horribly bad, but no one in the town wanted to hurt his feelings, so instead of telling him that he stunk, they all just wore gas masks. And everyone lived happily ever after. Sigh.

Do you ever make up stories with your kiddos? Creating stories with your children and turning them into books and illustrations can be great fun- even with the youngest of youngsters! Plus, kiddos come up with the best, funniest stories- just imagine how great it will be to read them back five or ten years from now!

One kiddo who has done just this has actually published her stories- have you heard of her? Paris Morris, at the ripe old age of 12, writes stories about her younger twin sisters. Her first book, I’m Having Twins! chronicles the changes young children experience when a sibling (or two!) comes along- but from the invaluable perspective and voice of a child. And can I just tell you how great the illustrations are in these books?! Perfect even for the youngest of bookworms! Her NEXT book, Paris goes to San Francisco, is coming out this Valentine’s Day!

Oh, and you might want to click on my giveaway tab at the top of the page, hint, hint!


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