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Join us as we celebrate National Arts & Humanities Month during October! Do you need ideas to get your creative juices flowing? Take a look at Creativebug for inspiration or browse CCPL’s online catalog Cosmos for resources on topics related to arts and humanities. 

The six children’s picture books featured below recognize imagination and creativity!

Art’s Supplies by Chris Tougas

In this delightful tale of the power of the imagination, Art’s supplies come to life in the studio, creating mayhem and magic–and art! Pastels, pencils and paints, crayons, brushes and markers, everything gets in the act of creating a mess-terpiece of fun.

Maybe Something Beautiful by Isabel Campoy

Mira lives in a gray and hopeless urban community until a muralist arrives and, along with his paints and brushes, brings color, joy, and togetherness to Mira and her neighbors

Suki’s Kimono by Chieri Uegaki

Suki’s very favorite thing is her blue cotton kimono and she is determined to wear it on her first day back to school–no matter what anyone says.

The Paper Bird by Lisa Anchin

There once was a time when all the colors, from midsummer blue to sunrise orange, lived at the tips of Annie’s fingers…But when her classmates’ sidelong glances caused Annie to notice all the tiny flaws in her art, her colorful creative spark fades to gray. With lyrical prose and eye-catching illustrations, author-artist Lisa Anchin shows readers how to find the beauty in imperfections and celebrate the joy of creating for creation’s sake.

The Smart Cookie by Jory John

When Miss Greer asks each child in the class to write a story, second-grader Aaron, who loves to draw but struggles with reading, creates a story using pictures.

Think Big by Elizabeth Scanlon Garton

A classroom of exuberant youngsters explores art in its most varied forms, from painting, music, and writing to cooking and performing.