Children are naturally curious, constantly asking why. They see no boundaries and do not think it can’t be done, and why should they? As they grow older, we place constraints around them, and they slowly become less creative. And they stop imagining the impossible, and society becomes less innovative. If we take a look at the innovators who have shaped our world, one trait they have in common is curiosity (Do you Have the Traits of Great Thinkers and Innovators Who Shaped the World?). Reading children’s books is important because it is one way to take us out of our heads and into the world of imagination. And it’s an added treat when we get to laugh in the process.
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It’s time for us to be more childlike, breaking down the self-imposed barriers and the unnecessary ones that we have allowed others to impose on us. Let’s stop worrying about what others might think about us. To do the impossible, we have to come from a place where we think it can be done, then we go out and do it. We have to once again make the impossible possible.
12 Children’s Books That Have Delighted Me
- Watership Down (learn strategy from a team of rabbits, leaders are made not born – Review)
- The Railway Children (resilience, hope, and doing what needs to be done – Review)
- Peter Pan (welcome to the world of imagination – Review)
- Pippi Longstocking g (step outside the status quo)
- Henry Reed, Inc. (Puffin books) (learn from this budding entrepreneur – Review)
- Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (hold fast to your values especially in tough times, and family is everything)
- The Little Engine That Could: 60th Anniversary Edition (you can achieve most things if you set your mind to it – Review)
- Geronimo Stilton Lost Treasure of the Emerald Eye (theory is good, experience is better – Review)
- The Wonderful Wizard of Oz (you have the capacity to do much more than you think – Review)
- The Secret Garden (make life meaningful by doing things you are passionate about – Review)
- The Little Father by Gelett Burgess (role reversal – Review)
- Stuart Little (you can be and do anything – Review)
If you are feeling stuck and not as creative as you’d like, reading children’s books is important and should be a constant in your reading diet. Reading children’s books stimulates the imagination. Do you believe that reading children’s books is important? Which is your favorite children’s books and why?