Several months ago, on a rare night when my third-shift working husband was home and awake at bedtime, I overheard a conversation he was having with V while getting ready for bed.
“Are you excited to have some dreams?”
“Yeah!” she replied. “Dweams!”
“You going to have lots of dreams while you sleep?”
Then again, in the morning, “Did you have some dreams last night?” was how he greeted her.
I was a bit awestruck because I honestly hadn’t even thought about a 1 year old dreaming. Do they even have dreams? Or are they like mine usually are where they happen but you don’t remember they happened in the morning? I honestly don’t know, but it was a great reminder that as parents we have a responsibility to encourage (or at least not stifle) our children’s natural imagination. Imagination has a psychological impact on our children, their thought processes and their future. In our household, we try to do this by focusing on open-ended creative play and being selective about which tv shows and movies V is allowed to watch (we limit screen time but not completely).
For me, my childhood was filled less by playing outside for hours with friends and more curled up in bed with a few (dozen) good books. I can’t even count the number of summer reading programs and Battle of the Books I participated in. Books were where my imagination exploded, and naturally, where I wanted to be. So naturally, I try to push V toward really great books. (I’ve already tried reading a few of my young lit favorites to her but she doesn’t like the whole no pictures part so much yet). I’m always on the look-out for not only great children’s books but great children’s books that focus on the imagination.
Enter Door Within a Door by Angie and Matt Halama.
This book is geared toward children a little older than V but it is such a wonderful tale of a little girl who discovers a “door within a door” at bedtime that leads her to imagination adventures. I love the not-forced use of rhyme and rhythm and that Angie and Matt didn’t shy on using creative language, developing imaginations and vocabularies at the same time. And the pictures – oh man – they are exactly how I would want a book about visiting your imagination: fun, colorful, whimsical and beautifully done.
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