What Do You Do With An Idea?

I love the library. I feel right at home when I walk through the library doors. I love being surrounded by stories. I love words. I love beautiful illustrations.

With a two year old most of my library time is spent in the Children’s Book department, and I don’t mind one bit. I love searching the shelves for a few special books to take home and share with my daughter. I love finding some of my favorites from childhood and sharing them with her. I love opening a new book and experiencing a story for the first time. I treasure these days I get to sit and share stories.

On rare occasions when I open a book for the first time, I find a story that my heart needs to hear. That happened on Monday. I picked up What Do You Do With An Idea? by Kobi Yamada and brought it home in our bag full of books. As I sat with my daughter reading her bedtime stories I selected this book and connected with the story immediately.


In the story a child has an idea and he isn’t sure what exactly to do with it. We follow him throughout the story as he tries to leave it alone, shares it nervously with others, experiences rejection, lets go of fear, and finally changes the world. It is brilliant.

It made me think of the ideas I have had in life. Some ideas I am so afraid to share because I do not have the ability to foresee what the reaction will be. Some of my ideas have been lost because of that fear. I currently hold a few ideas that are so special and I really do not want to lose. This book just inspired me to hold those ideas close to my heart, work hard to take action on them, and someday share them, who knows maybe they will change the world.

If you need a book to read with your child to inspire them to dream, imagine, or create, I whole-heartedly recommend this one. Maybe you too will be inspired to dream, imagine, create, and share your ideas with the world.

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