As a writer, I am always trying to stir my imagination so the good stuff comes to the top. One simple way to do this is by connecting with my inner child. Children’s books can be a great escape and a fantastic way to rejuvenate a weary, stressed out adult-mind. C. S. Lewis said:
“No book is really worth reading at the age of ten which is not equally – and often far more – worth reading at the age of fifty and beyond.”
One of the first books that stirred my imagination was McElligot’s Pool by Dr. Seuss. I can still remember how that book awakened my creativity with its fantastic imaginary fish. I checked it out from my library countless times. I own it now, and still am awed by the pure imagination painted upon each page. It’s magical.
There are so many great children’s books. I love the funny rhyming poems of Jack Prelutzky and Shel Silverstein. Here’s a funny one:
Books like The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis is a classic I’ve read dozens of times on my own and to my children. I like these more and more the older I get (which isn’t very old, unless you’re a teenager…and then I’m older than dirt).
The Harry Potter series is another one I savor. The stories are full of creative twists and plots and they are so much fun–a good breather for a harried author’s brain. They’re like old friends that you don’t see for a while…but when you do, it’s a happy occasion and you want to kill the fatted calf (or not…because I’m not a butcher and that would just be a mess…but I might go buy the fatted ribeye).
How long has it been since you’ve picked up a good children’s book and let pure imagination flow through you at the words and pictures? Don’t let it be too long. What are some of your favorite children books that have awakened your imagination?