Our May book recommendations are all about celebrating creativity!
Creativity is not just limited to artistic expression – such as painting a picture, singing a song, or putting on a puppet show – but it also includes science and math. Creativity is essential to social and emotional development, so your little one will learn to be flexible and adaptable.
Imaginative play in early childhood is a door to all kinds of creative possibilities!
Our expert programming team have hand-picked these May reads for your little problem–solver to enjoy!
Not a Box, By Antoinette Portis
A box is just a box to most. But to this small rabbit, a little creativity goes a long way as a cardboard box transforms into anything he can imagine. If you and your little one enjoys this story, you’ll also love “Not a Stick” by the same author.
Sky Color, By Peter H. Reynolds
Marisol loves to paint. When her teacher asks her to help paint a mural for the school library, she decides to paint the sky. But how can she paint the sky without any blue paint? Inspired by a dream, Marisol creates a brand-new color for the sky.
The Whale in My Swimming Pool, By Joyce Wan
One day a little boy goes outside for a swim. But he finds his pool is already occupied… by a whale! He tries everything to get the whale to move, but he won’t budge. Luckily, the boy comes up with the perfect creative solution.
Beautiful Oops, By Barney Saltzberg
A tear, a spill, a smudge, a stain. When you think you’ve made a mistake, try to turn it into something beautiful. This creative book uses folded pages and liftable flaps to teach little ones it’s ok to make mistakes. Sometimes mistakes can inspire you do more than you ever imagined!
Duck Rabbit By Amy Rosenthal and Tom Lichtenheld
I see a duck! Or is it a rabbit? Everyone loves a good optical illusion. This book allows little ones to begin seeing the world from different perspectives. It’s all in how you look at it!
For more story time fun, visit our Gymboree Play & Music YouTube channel where our teachers will take you on different adventures such as:
Story Time, Play Time Fun, and Art & Music Activities!
Through these videos your little one will be engaged in play, building crucial skills to support a lifetime of learning!