Top 10 Imagination Books

    Where the Wild Things Are
    6.7
    01
    Where the Wild Things Are
    Written and illustrated by Maurice Sendak
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    6.1
    02
    Harold and the Purple Crayon
    Written and illustrated by Crockett Johnson
    Max's Castle
    6.1
    03
    Max's Castle
    Written by Kate Banks & illustrated by Boris Kulikov
    A House That Once Was
    6.0
    04
    A House That Once Was
    Written by Julie Fogliano & illustrated by Lane Smith
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    5.9
    05
    Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
    Written by Roald Dahl & illustrated by Quentin Blake
    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
    5.9
    06
    The Last of the Really Great Whangdoodles
    The Magical Life of Mr. Renny
    5.6
    07
    The Magical Life of Mr. Renny
    Written and illustrated by Leo Timmers
    The Best Birthday Present Ever
    5.5
    08
    The Best Birthday Present Ever
    Written and illustrated by Ben Mantle
    I Spy with My Little Eye
    5.5
    09
    I Spy with My Little Eye
    Written and illustrated by Paula Vasquez
    The Book of Mistakes
    5.5
    10
    The Book of Mistakes
    Written and illustrated by Corinna Luyken

This book list is the one-stop shop for the most imaginative kids books to inspire creativity and flexible thinking. Psychology research has long discovered that imagination affects children's cognitive development, leading to better problem solving skills and creativity. We think Albert Einstein sums it up pretty well in just a few significant sentences: “If you want your children to be intelligent, read them fairy tales. If you want them to be more intelligent, read them more fairy tales.” Try filtering our book list for specific ages. Select board books to find well-known books like "Not a Box" and classic stories like "Peter Pan" that are tailored specifically for little minds. Filter for picture books for gems like "The Magical Life of Mr. Renny" and "The Nowhere Box" that will encourage young readers to try their own creative ideas and improve their creative play. Check out our chapter book section of the list for new imaginative characters and worlds that also work great as read-alouds for younger ears. We're sure you'll rediscover old favorites and find new treasured titles enjoyable for every age (even for you, parents!). Let us know what books you would add to our list!

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5.5
Lily Wool
5.3
Oh, the THINKS You Can Think!
5.3
The Nowhere Box
5.0
Day Dreamers
5.0
Dory Fantasmagory
5.0
This Is Sadie
4.8
Today I'll Be a Unicorn
4.0
Please Bring Balloons
Mary Poppins
Du Iz Tak?
Ruby Starr
Chalk
Pocket Full of Colors: The Magical World of Mary Blair, Disney Artist Extraordinaire
7.0
The Watermelon Seed
5.9
The Big Ideas of Buster Bickles
5.9
Sleepover with Beatrice & Bear
5.8
friendshiphibernationseasons
Henri's Walk to Paris
5.8
Beautiful Oops!
5.8
When Charlie McButton Lost Power
5.5
What To Do With a Box
5.4
Maggie and Wendel: Imagine Everything!
5.0
Circus Girl
5.0
Peter Pan
4.8
What Do You Wear?
4.8
A Week Without Tuesday
Beyond the Pond
Make-Believe Class
Swatch: The Girl Who Loved Color
Poppy Pickle
Adrian Simcox Does NOT Have a Horse
6.6
The Adventures of Beekle: The Unimaginary Friend
5.9
If You Come to Earth
5.9
Duncan the Story Dragon
5.8
Lionheart
5.8
Ocean Meets Sky
5.8
Madame Badobedah
5.8