Well, it’s June… and that means trying to finish up all of the school projects and units that need to be complete. It also means some days, we need our students to be engaged and excited about school, even though our classrooms are stifling and summer is calling. Why not give them an empty box and let their creative imaginations take over? This idea came to me when I read Jane Yolen’s new book What To Do With A Box . It’s an inspiring book about the endless things you can do with a simple box. Of course, that got me thinking about other books about boxes. It didn’t take long before a new top 10 list was born!
1. What To Do With A Box – Jane Yolen
The book that started it all…. if you give a child a box, who knows what will happen? Imaginative, magical, inspiring.
2. A Box Story – Kenneth Kit Lamug
What can you do with a plain brown box? Everything imaginable! Simple, charming little book about a plain brown box. Will definitely inspire children to experiment with their own empty boxes.
3. The Secret Box – Barbara Lehman
Secret messages, magic and adventure await readers in this wordless book by the amazing Barbara Lehman.
4. Not a Box – Antoinette Portis
Full of imagination and humour, this interactive pattern book focuses on a very creative, very imaginative bunny being asked about a box by his friends. To which he replies, “This is NOT a box. It’s a ……”
5. The Nowhere Box – Sam Zuppardi
Endearing story of a little boy named George who is trying to escape his pestering brothers so he tells them he is “going newhere” and hides in a washing machine box. Love the underlying theme about appreciating siblings, no matter how annoying they seem to be.
6. Christina Katerina & the Box – Patricia Lee Gauch
A new refrigerator for Mom…. a huge box for Christina…. to turn into a castle, a playhouse or anything! Delightful, imaginative and inspiring! This book was a classic when I was younger and has been recently re-issued.
7. Gramma & Grampa Live in a Box – Bambi Prunch
When “face-to-face” time between grandparents and grandchildren is limited, what better way to connect than through “a box”. Perfect book for any grandparents who find themselves at a distance from those they love. Also great for connecting and inferring (never explicitly says what the box is!) Skype anyone?
8. Mr. Cornell’s Dream Boxes – Jeanette Winter
I adore any picture book biography by Jeanette Winter. In this very simple picture book, she tells about unique New York artist, Joseph Cornell (1903-1972), who made shadow boxes filled with objects he found while selling textiles door to door. Fascinating and inspiring look at different ways we share our stories.
9. The Houdini Box – Brian Selznick
The compelling story of Harry Houdini, the magician who amazed the world with his great escapes. This is a short chapter book for grades 2-5, complete with amazing illustrations by the extraordinarily talented author of Hugo Cabret, Wonderstruck and The Marvels.
10. The Memory Box – Mary Bahr
When a grandpa is diagnosed with Alzheimer’s, he starts a memory box for his grandchild to keep the memories of the times they have shared. Tender way to teach children about the changes they might experience with their own grandparents.
10. The Cardboard Box Books – Roger Priddy
Great nonfiction book and perfect teaching tool for turning those cardboard boxes into creative inventions.
And there you have it- a whole lot of books about boxes! Try reading one, passing out boxes and let the creations begin!
Thanks for stopping by! Which book or books caught your eye?