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A Story a Day or I Just Can’t Play

October 10, 2011

While touring through the UK last month, I became aware of a wonderful British children’s television series called Bookaboo. Its about a rock-star drumming dog named Bookaboo (who clearly is inspired by Bret Michael’s headwear). Bookaboo won’t play for his band until he is read a picture book – preferably by a celebrity visiting him backstage before the show (Hey, some bands want blue M&M’s, others…). Hence, Bookaboo has a catch phrase, “A story a day or I just can’t play.”

The show launched in 2009 to fab reviews and loads of awards. Its goal is to show a parent sharing a story with a child can be hip: neither the book nor the experience has to be boring. And, of course, the producers have excellent taste in choosing the books that are read to the drum-pounding pup.

Award-winning English actress, Emilia Fox, read Bookaboo my rendition of The Spider & The Fly last fall. Seeing that we are nearing Mr. Spider’s most favorite of holidays (and mine, too). I thought you all would like to watch a clip from the show. Enjoy, sweet creatures!

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Never Abandon Imagination Tony DiTerlizzi: Never abandon imagination.

Imagination is a world of possibility that exists within each of us. It is what makes us uniquely human. It is our creative fingerprint that touches and influences the world around us. Imagination is essential to art and science; to innovation and prosperity. It gives us hope, calls us to action and leads to change.

Whether it’s fairies, dragons, robots or aliens, all of my children’s book characters are siblings born of my imagination – an imagination strengthened through years of encouragement from family, teachers and friends. While so many others abandoned it during their transition from childhood to adulthood, I fiercely held onto mine, hoping for a day when I could share it to inspire the next generation of dreamers. Innovators. World changers.

Imagination empowers us to envision and create a reality of what could be. We must hold it dear, foster it and never abandon it.