The following is a list of some of my favorite children's picture books that involve the topic of creativity. I love, love, love them! I shall be reading and rereading them until I am an old lady who will listen to my great-grandchildren read them to me.
The Dot and Ish by Peter Reynolds
Art by Patrick McDonnell
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Beautiful Oops! by Barney Saltzberg
Willow by Denise Brennan-Nelson
and the classics:
The Art Lesson by Tomie dePaola
Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson
Incidentally, I'm not the only adult who is fond of children's books. Gretchen Rubin, the author of The Happiness Project and blog by the same name, also is a lover of "kidlit" as she calls it. Here's a post with her suggested list.
If I've had a bad day, I can pull out just about any of the many, many children's picture books in my household, some as recent as my own kids' childhood and others as far back as mine, and read and smile. And feel all warm and cozy inside, or as Gretchen would say, "happy."
Do you have a favorite children's book that makes you all happy inside?