Finding Creative Inspiration in Children’s Books
Pull up a bean-bag chair and let me tell you a story. Everyone runs out of inspiration some days. When it starts to happen, I step away from the screen and head to my bookshelf or local library for a kid’s book. There’s nothing like feeding your inner child to get the creative juices flowing.
Children’s picture books take you back to that time in childhood when you were not afraid to try new things. They also inspire with beautiful artwork, design, and storytelling. They’re filled with uncluttered inspirations and creative thoughts.
It could be a book from when you were a wee thing or books you’ve discovered recently. Find your inner child again. I’m positive it will help your work. It’s definitely helped mine.
Here are 6 picture-book classics that I love. Are any of these books familar?
What Do People Do All Day?
Do you remember Farmer Alfalfa, Huckle Cat, and the other inhabitants of Busytown? Or perhaps you grew up loving another Richard Scarry book like A Day at the Airport or Cars and Trucks and Things That Go?
The Very Hungry Caterpillar
“In the light of the moon a little egg lay on a leaf.” Eric Carle makes incredible use of color and book design, with minimal text. Who knew painted tissue paper and collage work could come to life like this?
The Bears’ Picnic
“Mother bear, put your apron away, we are going to go on a picnic today.” Written and illustrated by Jan and Stan Berenstain, this is the epic tale of the Berenstain bears’ quest for the perfect picnic spot. Remember when Papa Bear gets fried by lightning?
This beautiful tale of a boy and a snowman is told without words. Raymond Briggs is a wonderful illustrator and storyteller, with many beautiful books including Fungus the Bogeyman and Ethel and Ernest, the story of his parents.
The Paper Bag Princess
Out of the many books by author-illustrator pair, Robert Munsch and Michael Martchenko, this is my favorite. When a dragon burns down the castle and carries off Prince Ronald, Princess Elizabeth must rescue him.
Where the Wild Things Are
I can’t leave out this classic from Maurice Sendak. Apparently, the wild things were originally horses, but Sendak couldn’t draw them well, so he switched to monsters. According to Sendak, he based them on his relatives.
I’m sure I’m missing some classics on this list. Which children’s books inspire you?