2015 - Divergent thinking and children's literature

This list was derived from a workshop where students were given a selection of picture books to evaluate with an eye to divergent thinking. Divergent thinking promotes creativity, problem finding and solving, wondering, taking risks and original thinking. Books may be playful, philosophical, metaphorical, puzzling, ambiguous, incongruous and imaginative. Plus lots more...
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A wordless picture book that observes the changes in a neighborhood from before a girl is born until she is an adult, as it first decays and then is renewed by the efforts of the residents.

A wordless picture book that observes the changes in a neighborhood from before a girl is born until she is an adult, as it first decays and then is renewed by the efforts of the residents.

Doodle the alligator awakens feeling "bitey," and soon all of the animal friends are in tears.

Doodle the alligator awakens feeling "bitey," and soon all of the animal friends are in tears.

During the Great Depression, Marshall, an African American boy, uses lessons learned in arithmetic class and guidance from his mother to figure out how many beans are in a jar in order to win her a new sewing machine in a contest.

During the Great Depression, Marshall, an African American boy, uses lessons learned in arithmetic class and guidance from his mother to figure out how many beans are in a jar in order to win her a new sewing machine in a contest.

An imaginative young pig shows some of the many things that a stick can be.

An imaginative young pig shows some of the many things that a stick can be.

When Willow speaks, her words slip out as soft and shy as a secret. At school, her barely audible whisper causes her no end of troubles. But Willow is as resourceful as she is quiet, and she fashions a magic microphone from items she finds in the recycling bin. However, Willow's invention is only a temporary solution.

When Willow speaks, her words slip out as soft and shy as a secret. At school, her barely audible whisper causes her no end of troubles. But Willow is as resourceful as she is quiet, and she fashions a magic microphone from items she finds in the recycling bin. However, Willow's invention is only a temporary solution.

Young Violet is a mechanical genius whose only friend is her dog, Orville, until one of her homemade flying machines takes her to the rescue of a Boy Scout troop in trouble.

Young Violet is a mechanical genius whose only friend is her dog, Orville, until one of her homemade flying machines takes her to the rescue of a Boy Scout troop in trouble.

A kid finds a lost "thing" on the beach where he's scavenging for his bottle-top collection and takes it upon himself to find where it belongs.

A kid finds a lost "thing" on the beach where he's scavenging for his bottle-top collection and takes it upon himself to find where it belongs.

Go on a journey to unknown, but strangely familiar, lands and then travel home again.

Go on a journey to unknown, but strangely familiar, lands and then travel home again.

Musk Ox takes over an alphabet book, explaining to his friend Zebra why almost every letter can be used to describe musk oxen.

Musk Ox takes over an alphabet book, explaining to his friend Zebra why almost every letter can be used to describe musk oxen.

Author has found clever devices to scale down everything from time lines (the history of Earth compressed into one year), to quantities (all the wealth in the world divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets shown as different types of balls).

Author has found clever devices to scale down everything from time lines (the history of Earth compressed into one year), to quantities (all the wealth in the world divided into one hundred coins), to size differences (the planets shown as different types of balls).

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