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End Childhood Boredom With These 10 Children’s Books

For some of you, it is back to school time already. For others, the kids don’t go back until after labor day. The end of August is that time of summer when we hear the infamous words…

“Mom, I’m bored!”

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If you are like me, you have already spent countless hours researching Pinterest for ways to keep your kids busy.  Now that the summer is nearing an end, so is my motivation to be a Pinterest Mom. In desperate need of finding a fun game (that did NOT include me), I discovered that a children’s picture book can actually bring my kids imagination to a whole new level, if you choose the right one!

10 CHILDREN’S BOOKS THAT SPARK IMAGINATION:

1. IGGY PECK, ARCHITECT by Andrea Beaty

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Iggy Peck has a passion for building. He will use anything as materials to build, including dirty diapers. Ew!!! Encourage your little builder to draw and build some great structures with crazy materials from around your house! All you need is a graph notebook, some colored pencils, a great big imagination and a hazmat team on speed dial! 

2. STUCK by Oliver Jeffers

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Floyd was flying his kite and it got stuck in a tree. How on earth is he going to get it down? He attempts to get it down by throwing various objects at it, such as the milkman?! Oh my! How would your kids get the kite out of that tree? Ladders are so yesterday! 

3. BEAUTIFUL OOPS by Barney Saltzberg

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Tears have been shed over ruined artwork in my house for sure! Whether its a rip in the paper, a spill of a drink, or maybe even a simple wrinkle, almost anything that isn’t perfect will set them off. BEAUTIFUL OOPS takes those mistakes and turns them into magic. Your kids will be looking for flaws to fix everywhere! Perhaps a piece of paper with drool on it from when you fell asleep attempting to read a book, while they were doing this activity? 

4. NOT A BOX by Antoinette Portis

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We spend countless dollars on toys, but what do kids play with the most? Well, the boxes they came in of course! NOT A BOX is a cute story about a rabbit, a box and his imagination. How about I make a turtle shell to hide under and change my name from “Mom” to “Bubba.” Don’t bother Bubba, kids! Bubba is taking a nap!

5. PERFECT SQUARE by Michael Hall

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Oh no! The PERFECT SQUARE has been cut up! Whatever are we to do with all the pieces?! This is a great imagination game for your (safety) scissor obsessed child. Give them a square of colored paper, a sheet of paper and some glue to see what they can make with it after cutting it into pieces! Yep, I smell bathroom art…well, not literally!

6. THE MOST MAGNIFICENT THING by Ashley Spires

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This little girl had an idea to make the most magnificent thing! She gets to work, but it’s just not right. She keeps trying over and over again until…she made something magnificent! What magnificent thing will your kids make? Also, it’s a good excuse to get them to go for that walk you have been begging them to do…unless of course you already play Pokemon Go…lol!

7. I WONDER by Annaka Harris

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While you are on the Poke-walk (um, I mean magnificent walk), you can talk about this book. Eva takes a walk with her Mother and they wonder about the mysteries of everything. What do your kids wonder about? I wonder if when I meow at my cats, I am really saying “flashlight hamburger lamppost!” That’s probably why they look at me like I am nuts!

8. THE SQUIGGLE by Carol Lexa Schaefer

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Violet finds a long piece of string on the sidewalk and her imagination comes to life! What can the string become? The sky tail of popping fireworks?! Give them a string and let them go crazy! You never know, they may even floss their teeth for once!

9. JEREMY DRAWS A MONSTER by Peter McCarty

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Jeremy doesn’t like to play outside. He uses his fancy pen to draw a big blue monster friend, who is very demanding. As time goes on, the monster demands Jeremy to draw more and more things that he wants. Make me a sandwich! I want! I need! Sounds like my little monsters! Have your children create a needy monster of their very own for your wall and then have them draw and hang up all the things it wants too!

10. THE BIG IDEAS OF BUSTER BICKLES by Dave Wasson

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What if rivers were made of chocolate or robot dinosaurs were real? Buster invents a What-If Machine, which makes anything that he imagines become reality. Have your little ones create a What-If machine that makes their imagination come to life! What if I could just clap my hands and a delicious homemade dinner would magically appear on the table every night! One can dream, right?

All kidding aside, these books are great for opening up your child’s world to new possibilities! Now strap those kiddos in the car and head to the library! You will be thanking me later, as you reintroduce yourself to your old friends Mr. Couch and Mrs. Hot Cup of Coffee!

Need more ideas? 50 Imaginary Games Ideas

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Akiko White – A Cakelustrator who Illustrates her Books with Cake

This author is SO amazing! She is Cakelustrator…she illustrates her children’s books with cake!!! Check out her process! I might just have to get one of her books!
http://www.kidlit411.com/2015/03/Kidlit411-Illustrator-Spotlight-Akiko-White.html

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Greatest Teacher Part 2

Last week I told you who was one of my greatest teachers to date that has helped me grow as an artist? I have one more that I have to mention…Jen Carver of jen carver photography

It is from Jen that I learned how to make natural outdoor light artificially. This is an extremely important feature in my portraits, because I create imaginary scenes. I love the feel soft pastel lighting gives to my portraits. If I had not learned this skill from Jen, my whimsical scenes would definitely be missing some whimsy. I also discovered Mustard Pie Clothing…so cute! But the most important think Jen taught me was to never give up. I should reach for the stars and chase that dream, because I am worth it! I am so thankful to have found Jen!

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My Favorite Artist

Who is my favorite artist? Definitely Cindy Grundsten of Cindys Art

Once I started researching how to effectively create a composite portrait, I came across Cindy on DeviantArt. I was immediately impressed by the breathtakingly beautiful imaginary world she created in each image involving children and animals. It was then I decided I was absolutely certain that I was going to create my own imaginary whimsical world for children with animals.

Who is your favorite artist?

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How It All Began

How did it all begin? When did my vision become a reality?It all began the day I discovered this amazing zerbra portrait by Barb Uil ofJinkyArt Photography! Barb is able to take portraits of these children with actual animals and they are amazing! Her work is so colorful and whimsical. Everything she takes a picture of is real and handmade!

So, I started thinking…What if I could give each child a portrait with their DREAM PET…a pet that they could never have in real life? I fell in LOVE with the idea of giving children the pet of their dreams in a way only they could imagine…in a pretend way! Fulfilling their imagination with a portrait of several images blended together to make the scene appear real…just as they had described. Barb’s work had opened up a world of possibilities and excitement inside of me! I am forever thankful for finding her!

Check out more of Barb’s incredible work here: http://jinkyart.com.au/

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Book Display Ideas

Oh my gosh! These are some really cool ways to store your children’s books! I really want to re-create this tree! How cool is that?! Although the Loft Reading Nook is pretty cool too! Which one is your favorite?

http://www.babble.com/crafts-activities/20-cool-ways-to-display-childrens-books/

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Kitty High Fives

In honor of my daughter CONSTANTLY singing the Kitty High Five song every single day, check out some of these adorable kittens actually giving high fives from Sun Gazing…and check out the song too! I bet you will be singing it ALL day!

Kitty High Five Song – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UDYC9eBkvrs

Kittens giving high fives – https://www.facebook.com/sungazing1/posts/524037177751116

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Would you like to commission a custom portrait for you, your child, your pet or your business? Visit my website for more information www.juliemcgann.com

 

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Playground

Did you know I my website has a playground for kids? You can play the Mix-Up Game and more games are on the way! Check it out: http://juliemcgann.com/playground/

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Would you like to commission a custom portrait for you, your child, your pet or your business? Visit my website for more information www.juliemcgann.com

 

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Brand New – Games for Kids

My website now has a page with games for your kids to play! First up…Dream Pet Mix-Up.

Stop over: http://juliemcgann.com/playground/

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