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What Do You Do With an Idea?

Last updated Friday, November 2, 2018

Author: Kobi Yamada
Illustrator: Mae Besom
Date of Publication: 2014
ISBN: 1938298071
Grade Level: Kindergarten    (GLCs: Click here for grade level guidelines.)
Date(s) Used: Nov. 2018

Synopsis: This is the story of one brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it into the world. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens. This is a story for anyone, at any age, who's ever had an idea that seemed a little too big, too odd, too difficult. It's a story to inspire you to welcome that idea, to give it some space to grow, and to see what happens next. Because your idea isn't going anywhere. In fact, it's just getting started.

Note to readers:
•  Today is also College Spirit Day, so please talk to your group about college, share your college stories, and ask them what they think about college!

Discussion topics for before reading:
•  Where do you think an idea comes from? (hints: your imagination, day-dreaming, watching others play, watching a show or reading a book)
•  What are secrets?
•  What is an example of a weird idea? Can a weird idea be a good thing?


•  idea - a thought or suggestion as to a possible course of action
•  weird - odd, fantastic; something that people find odd or different.
•  protect - keep safe from harm or injury.
•  encourage - give support, confidence, or hope to (someone).
•  dream - a series of thoughts, images, and sensations occurring in a person's mind during sleep.
•  magical - beautiful or delightful in such a way as to seem removed from everyday life.

Discussion topics for during/after reading:
•  Why was the little boy afraid to tell people about his idea?
•  Why did the idea make the little boy happy?
•  Why do you think the idea grew bigger?
•  Do you ever get ideas from your dreams?

Craft ideas:
•  Make a crown for kids to wear or small finger puppets. Volunteers may want to cut wide or small strips of paper ahead of time, then kids can decorate their crowns.
•  Draw a picture of one of your ideas or dreams.
•  Check our craft ideas on Pinterest!

*Note: These craft ideas are just suggestions. You can use them, but you don't have to use them. You can expand upon them, or add your own twist. Remember, though, that the focus of your time should not be on the development and execution of a craft; the focus should be on the read-aloud and the enjoyment of the book!