Very rarely, a children’s book comes along that affects you so profoundly, it begins to live and breathe in your heart. Books like Charlotte’s Web, Goodnight Moon, and Are You My Mother? fall into this category. Now I can add What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada (illustrated by Mae Besom) to this short list.
What Do You Do With An Idea? is a masterful combination of mindfulness, creativity, perseverance, and transformative inspiration. It follows the journey of a boy with an idea, an idea that challenges him, changes him, and eventually becomes a part of him. Personified as a golden biped, a crowned egg with legs, the idea is persistent and takes the boy into deep depths of both challenge and wonder. The boy learns to not only accept the idea, but love and nurture it, share the idea, and change the world for the better. The message here is expansive: when we accept an idea without judgement, share it with others, and nurture it with dedication, we can learn so much more about ourselves and the world.
What Do You Do With An Idea? inspires children to love their ideas, no matter how big, odd, challenging, or seemingly impossible. It encourages making space to welcome every idea, get bold and brave with it, and let it take a life of it’s own.
What Do You Do With an Idea? is a multiple best-seller on Publisher’s Weekly, USA Today and the Wall Street Journal, and award winner of the Washington State Book Award, Independent Publisher’s Book Gold Award and the Moonbeam Children’s Book Award.