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10 Books About Inventive Play


    Ball - Mary Sullivan

    A dog tries to get someone to play ball but has to entertain himself.
    Beyond the Pond

    Beyond the Pond - Joseph Kuefler

    A boy discovers that the pond in his backyard contains a whole world ready to be explored.

    Float - Daniel Miyares

    A boy loses his paper boat in this wordless picture book.
    Little Baby Buttercup

    Little Baby Buttercup - Linda Ashman

    A mother and baby have fun spending the day together as they play, work in the garden, visit the park, and more.
    Lola Loves Stories

    Lola Loves Stories - Anna McQuinn

    Lola loves to hear Daddy read a new library book each night, an activity that spurs her imagination and results in inventive play the next day.
    Mr. Wuffles!

    Mr. Wuffles! - David Wiesner

    Mr. Wuffles ignores all his cat toys but one, which turns out to be a spaceship piloted by small green aliens. When Mr. Wuffles plays rough with the little ship, the aliens must venture into the cat's territory to make emergency repairs.
    Otter in Space

    Otter in Space - Sam Garton

    After visiting an outer space exhibit in a museum, Otter and Teddy decide they need a moon rock, and the only way to get one is to build a space ship and go get one.
    Sam and Dave Dig a Hole

    Sam and Dave Dig a Hole - Mac Barnett

    Sam and Dave are sure they will discover something exciting if they just keep digging their hole.
    Tea with Grandpa

    Tea with Grandpa - Barney Saltzberg

    No matter how far apart they are, a little girl and her grandfather share a cup of tea every day at half past three.
    Tickle Monster

    Tickle Monster - Edouard Manceau

    At bedtime, a brave child makes a monster disappear by tickling its various parts, which transform into new objects.
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