Everyone is familiar with Leo Lionni's books Alexander and the Wind-Up Mouse and Swimmy, but here are a few more of my favorites. Born in Italy, Lionni was a graphic designer as much as a children's book artist. His colorful images blend drawing and collage and are delightful to share with young readers. His stories often revolve around being different, getting along and expanding one's creativity and imagination. There couldn't be any more important things to do these days in the dreary landscape of many classrooms than foster curiosity and expand children's imagination. Read on and let the mind wander!