Pretend ($15.99, Philomel/Penguin Group USA, ages 3 and up) is a book that shows children their adventures are limited only by their imaginations. Author/illustrator, Jennifer Plecas, tells the story of a boy who plays “pretend” with his dad, and together they embark upon a great ocean and island adventure. I enjoyed this book because it encourages creativity and lays a good foundation for teaching kids about the process of coming up with ideas to write stories – something they will have to do throughout their educational years. The illustrations are colorful and cute, and I like the playful font too. Simply said, it’s a cute book, and it will likely inspire your little ones to come up with wild, new adventure stories of their own. So get on board parents and give the gift of imagination to your children by reading to them then watch as their ideas flourish.