Let me be clear about one thing:
I’d watch the show “Penguins of Madagascar” even if I didn’t have kids.
Even if I wasn’t the father of a 5 year old and an 8 year old, that show would be on rotation at my house. It’s funny, well written, and full of penguins that will occasionally judo chop other animals.
Sometimes as an adult you bump into things designed for children that you end up needing more than your kids. It’s a book or a movie that speaks to you in a way you didn’t anticipate but can’t forget. That’s how I feel about two books by a guy named Peter H. Reynolds.
The first one is called “Ish.”
Ish is about a boy named Ramon who is told he can’t draw pictures very well. In less than 500 words, Reynolds tells an incredibly powerful story about what criticism does to our ability to appreciate our talent and how to break free of it.
The second book is called “The Dot .”
The dot is about a girl named “Vashti,” who can’t paint. She can barely stand to look at the blank page. She’s so afraid to start. In less than 500 words, Reynolds tells a story about the simplest way to begin the things you care the most about.
These are the first children’s books I’ve ever recommended, but if you’re someone who is working on a dream, run out and get these. They’re short, colorful and just the thing your dream might need.
What’s a children’s book you love?