Can We Train the Imagination?

Last week, I had the pleasure of sharing time with our team in New York and our partner Floris Books. As we sat around a table and shared ideas about our work, I shared how our work is more than about selling books.

A collection of beautiful children’s book enlivened the space between us as if to remind us all that imagination can be nurtured and trained. Much of our society has lost its way in educating children. It has removed the vibrant energy of diving into the work of great authors and allowing those words and imagery to sink deep down into the consciousness of our children. It has replaced that process of planting the seeds of imagination that will someday grow into innovation and leadership, with a method based on fact training and mental problem-solving.

But what can we do to bring back the richness of an education that values and promotes the training of the imagination? We can fill our children’s shelves with well-crafted books that speak to their creativity through imagery through words.

We can share those books as a family, no matter the age of your children and allow them to slip into a world where they need no particular skill only an open mind and heart. Without imagination we cannot perceive, construct, and birth what is needed in the future. We need to take moments every day to train our imaginations, and there is no better prescription than that of a well-crafted book.

This week, we are sharing books for all ages to train our imaginations and stock our bookshelves for the lazy days of summer ahead.