Because I am currently thoroughly engaged in my work at South Dakota Public Broadcasting, it’s been some time since I’ve consistently published children’s book reviews. I hope to remedy this soon. Please enjoy a classic favorite as this page is updated.

What do you do with an idea

“What Do You Do with an Idea”

written by Kobi Yamada, illustrated by Mae Besom

Compendium Kids 2013

$16.99, hardcover picture book

One day a child has an idea, and the idea seems so “strange and fragile” that the narrator tries to abandon it and go about life as usual. But ideas, of course, tend to follow alongside until we give them the attention they deserve, and, if we allow them to, they will change our lives.

Mae Besom’s stunningly beautiful illustrations embody the elegant text with splashes of color and life that blossom and brighten as the idea itself transforms. A lovely meditation on how imagination and intention can take flight to change the world, “What Do You Do with an Idea?” should take its place on the shelf of every artist or entreprenuer, as well as everyone who invites children into the world of creativity through writing, music, and art.


Lori Walsh is a member of the National Book Critics Circle and the Society for Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators.

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