10 Picture Books that Celebrate Imagination | Marvelous Mundane
I live in a home surrounded by boys. This life is a drastic change from my growing up years, where, until two brothers were born in my teenage years, we girls outnumbered the lone male 4-1. Now my constant challenge is analyzing whether the wrestling and yelling is done in love or anger (or catching the moment it switches from one to the other!), wondering when the next nerf dart is going to fly past my head, and hoping there is enough food to get us through the week.
But in all the fun and crazy of boy-life, there is one sure way to create a bit of quiet: sitting down on the couch with a book! My top hobbies are book stalking on Amazon, maxing out my library card each month, and wrestling overflowing book bags from the library desk to my minivan. All of those moments are worth it when I pull a heaping bag of books over to the couch, and three little boys stop whatever they are doing and pile around me. I want to store those moments up forever.
Every single book on this list is a guaranteed stop-whatever-you-are-doing-and-pile-on-mom moment. Every single book here I would order for myself, even if I had no children to read them to. Who says that “children’s books” are only for people under a certain age?
If I had to pick a favorite, this is it! Maybe because it brought back so many memories of my childhood, of my sister and I creating our own homes in the woods with friends. Or maybe it is because the children in this book see the value in constructing two ice cream shops. Either way, Roxaboxen is a magical book where neighborhood children create their own special town of “Roxaboxen” in the middle of the desert, a town made of white stones, desert glass, and abandoned wooden crates. They even have a mayor, a policeman, a bakery and two dueling ice cream shops.