A Guide to Stick-To-It-Iveness

Don’t Fear Mistakes; Fear Not Trying

Remember, Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson?  Harold creates his world by drawing it with a purple crayon.

I have listed some of my favorite children’s books intended to inspire children to create, explore and experiment. Don’t be afraid to make a mistake, it just might lead to an inspiration.

Look! Look! Look! by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Look! Look! Look! a Sculpture by Nancy Elizabeth Wallace

Beautiful OOPS by Barney Salzberg

What Do You Do With An Idea? By Kobi Yamada/Mae Besom

What Do You Do With A Problem? By Kobi Yamada/Mae Besom

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds

Ish by Peter H. Reynolds

Sky Color by Peter H. Reynolds

What book would you recommend?

Giving Is The Exercise of Thankfulness

If you have never read The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, I recommend you read it alone first (tissues handy) and once you have regained your composure, then share it with a child.  I’m serious.  Mr. Silverstein shows us (children and adults) selfless giving by using an apple tree and a growing boy.


A characteristic, I believe, we all want to see in our children is perseverance (stick-to-it-iveness).

Author, Vera B. Williams, story A Chair for My Mother, tells of a family’s struggles and how they work together to save for something special even when the going gets tough.

I’ll never outgrow either of these books.  I’d enjoy hearing what children’s books you will never outgrow.

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