Thursday, March 4, 2010

33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids by Whitney Ferré - Book Review

As a writer, it is important to me that I encourage my children’s creativity, but sometimes I’m a bit lacking in ideas. Luckily, both my girls, though only 6 and 8, have taken an interest in photography; and the oldest one is eager to illustrate a book for me. Outside of those realms, however, I’m tired, overwhelmed, and a bit lost.

Then in walks 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids (Good Things to Know) by Whitney Ferré. She is also the founder of The Creative Fitness Center (, and the author of The Artist Within: A Guide to Becoming Creatively Fit.

In this book, Ferré helps parents understand the potential of the right brain and offers tons of great ideas to inspire creativity in your children. From unstructured play time to tie-dye, from introducing abstract concepts to building forts, 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids will give parents the tools they need to help their children be creatively fit.

The one thing I can’t say I care for is the cover. As a consumer, if I want to buy a book on creativity, I’m going to look for a creative cover. Now, keeping in mind that this is part of Turner Publishing Company’s Good Things to Know line, I understand the cover choice. Branding is very important. But to put a pumpkin orange cover with a tiny black painter’s palette on the front, wouldn’t give me the confidence that the author knew as much as she did about creativity; so I might miss out on a great book. Take a look at the author’s website and blog. That’s more of what I would be thinking for a cover, even if the cover isn’t that elaborate.

If you are interested in raising creative kids. If you are looking for fabulous ideas on how to inspire creativity in your children. Pick up a copy of 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids. It will show you the way!

Title: 33 Things to Know About Raising Creative Kids
Author: Whitney Ferré
Publisher: Trade Paper Press
ISBN-10: 1596525622
ISBN-13: 978-1596525627
SRP: $9.99


Tribute Books said...

I have a 6-year-old cousin who has a natural inclination for art. I know her mom would appreciate this book.

creativelyfit said...

Cheryl, Thank you for your review of my book! I am thrilled that you find it so helpful. I agree about the book cover, but it is because of the series. My kids are 10, 8, and 6. I want parents to know how creative their kids are and how easy it is to nurture and maintain that creativity! We need kids who are problem solvers and can CREATE change so that when they are adults they can handle anything life throws at them! I am launching the "Raising Creatively Fit Kids" online Program May 1st! Currently the "Meet Your Artist Within" Online Program is a great resource for parents! Thank you for what you do! ~Whitney

Cheryl said...

Thanks for stopping by Whitney. I agree with you about our kids' futures.

This new program sounds great. Hope you'll keep us informed.

Best of luck,