Teaching kids to be creative

If trends continue, most jobs in the future will be taken over by robots. Robots perform repetitious jobs very well. They can even be programmed to perform complicated tasks that require much learning and skill. Workers that repair and code robots will be needed. But many people will be out of jobs.

The future will belong to the creative thinkers.

What type of workers will be the most valuable? People who do jobs that are impossible for robots to do.  The most important jobs will be reserved for very creative people who are able to come up with totally new ideas and concepts. The inventors, innovators, and designers will rule.

Picture book about creating

“Creatrilogy” by Peter H. Reynolds

How do we prepare our kids for this future?

Young children need to be taught to think beyond what is available in typical school books. Children need to learn to open their imaginations very early in their lives. They will need to train their brains to imagine the unimaginable. To question established designs and ways of doing things.

Imaginative picture books with open-ended questions can help young children develop their creative side. Books that show unique ways to solve problems or interesting ways to look at the world. I have featured just a few of the many imaginative picture books that are available. It’s important to read to your children and ask, “What would you do?” or “how would you feel?” “Is there a better way of doing this?” You might be surprised by their answers.


Picture book, "What to do with a Box"

By Jane Yolen and Chris Sheban


Picture book about imagination and creativity

“It Came in the Mail” by Ben Clanton

There's a Mouse on My Head Children's Picture Book

By Donna Warwick, illustrated by Dayne Sislen

A picture book about a girl's imagination

“Journey” by Aaron Becker

I illustrate picture books for children’s book authors. If you have a book you would like illustrated, contact me. I love to talk picture books.