Children's Picture Books Celebrate Imagination!


Take some time to “imagine” with some favorite picture books. Have a family read-aloud night, and join the Imagination Celebration -- happening in Orange County from April 20 through May 30th.

Travel to worlds where amazing adventures take place. Remarkable and peculiar characters turn up. Animals talk, and cakes fly! Things get lost—then found. Miraculous, unusual and extraordinary events happen! Books spark our imagination with stories that nourish and satisfy our inner yearnings. Books can Rock your World!

Hey Rabbit! by Sergio Ruzzier

Rabbit carries a very special little suitcase full of imagery: a jungle for his friend Parrot, a birthday cake made entirely of bones for his friend Dog, and a comfy bed for his sleepy friend, Bear. But Hey! What about Rabbit?

Millie’s Marvelous Hat by Satoshi Kitamura

Ever seen a hat that changes according to the thoughts of the wearer? Millie has one; Soon it seems everyone has an amazing hat of their own, including Millie’s mother.


A Boy and his Bunny by Sean Bryan

How strange to wake up with a bunny on your head! This boy names his bunny Fred, and they imagine all the things they can do together. What would you do if you woke up with a bunny on your head?

Dexter Bexley and the Big Blue Beastie by Joel Stewart

A big blue beastie wants to eat Dexter Bexley! See how Dexter outsmarts the hungry beast by using his imagination.

Harold and the Purple Crayon by Crockett Johnson

Cherub-like Harold decides to take a moonlight walk with his purple crayon. When he realizes there isn’t any moon, he draws one. Together crayon and boy create an adventure, get lost, and finally arrive back home.

Purple Kangaroo by Michael Ian Black

A clever monkey claims he can read minds! He asks readers to close our eyes and think of something. Anything! This read aloud story will have kids and adults laughing as monkey attempts to outsmart the reader with his wit and imagination.

Not a Stick by Antoinette Portis

A stick is not a stick if you use your imagination! Follow a very busy pig as he catches a shark, slays a dragon, and creates a masterpiece with his not-stick!

The Flying Garbanzos by Barney Salztberg

Circus acrobats the Garbanzo family juggle, trapeze and perform daring balancing acts in an attempt to rescue a flying birthday cake for the youngest Garbanzo’s birthday!


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