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Creativity and the Arts with Young Children, 3rd Edition

  • Rebecca Isbell
  • Shirley C. Raines
  • ISBN-10: 1111838070
  • ISBN-13: 9781111838072
  • 400 Pages | Paperback
  • Previous Editions: 2007, 2003
  • COPYRIGHT: 2013 Published
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About the Product

CREATIVITY AND THE ARTS WITH YOUNG CHILDREN, Third Edition, is written for early childhood educators as well as those who work with children from birth through age eight. The text focuses on helping educators make the vital connection to the arts--including music, movement, drama, and the visual arts--throughout all areas of the classroom and curriculum, and on developing creative teachers who will be able to foster an artistic environment. Observations and photos of teachers and children demonstrate practical ways the arts can be used to help children reach their potential. Educators will find many ideas for open-ended activities that are important for the development of young children, and which will encourage them to think in new ways. Discussion of professional standards and recommendations allows teachers to be cognizant of goals that are important in the early years. Thorough in its coverage, the text speaks to children with special needs and cultural diversity, leaving readers with a complete information resource regarding arts in the young child's classroom.


  • A chapter on visual arts includes numerous ideas and practical applications.

  • Updated research, literacy connections, and observations with photos enhance the narrative.

  • Inclusive coverage presents information about each area of the arts and how to integrate it into the classroom.

  • The book leads readers to discover their own creativity, also offering a holistic view of child development by showing how the arts are related to it.

  • Readers learn to recognize the importance of open-ended activities, and are encouraged and inspired to incorporate more open-ended activities in the classroom.

  • Recommendations of professional groups related to the arts keep readers in tune with what art professionals believe young children should be experiencing.


"[The book is] easy to navigate with resources that the students can actually use and implement during the duration of the course. It also gives much needed resources that students need."
— Sharon Little, South Piedmont Community College

About the Author

Rebecca Isbell

Dr. Rebecca Isbell is the Director of Tennessee's Center of Excellence in Early Childhood Learning and Development, and a Professor of Early Childhood Education at East Tennessee State University, Johnson City.

Shirley C. Raines

Dr. Shirley C. Raines is President of the University of Memphis. She received the distinguished Faculty Award for Teaching from George Mason University and the Patty Smith Hill Award from the ACEI. Dr. Raines is also an active member of the Association for Childhood Education International, the National Association of Early Childhood Educators, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, and the International Reading Association.

Table of Contents

1. Creativity.
2. The Creative Teacher.
3. The Role of Play.
4. Understanding the Visual Arts.
5. Creating Art.
6. Music, Music, Music.
7. Children in Motion. Creative Movement.
8. Creative Drama.
9. Creativity across the Curriculum.
10. Integrating the Arts.
Appendix A. Recipes for the Arts.
Appendix B. Rhymes and Finger Plays.
Appendix C. Stories to Dramatize with Young Children.
Appendix D. Primary Thematic Unit. Icky Sticky Fun!

New to this edition

  • Expanded and updated coverage of standards, including NAYEC and INTASC, ensures that students are informed about current educational goals and expectations.
  • New marginal callouts identify NAEYC standards-related material throughout the text. In addition, a new correlation chart linking the standards to text content provides an easy-to-use reference guide.
  • Expanded and updated coverage of technology reflects the increasing use of technology tools in the classroom.
  • A new video feature, integrated into the text with reflection questions, introduces videos that further illustrate key concepts. Videos are available for viewing at the Early Childhood Education Media Library.
  • New fables and short stories are available at the book's website, providing additional resources for your students to incorporate into their curriculum.


All supplements have been updated in coordination with the Main title.
Please see Main title page for new to this edition information.

Instructor Supplements

Online Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1133491421 | ISBN-13: 9781133491422)

An online Instructor's Manual accompanies this book. It contains information to assist the instructor in designing the course, including a sample syllabus, learning objectives, teaching and learning activities, and additional print and online resources.

Instructor's Manual  (ISBN-10: 1418030740 | ISBN-13: 9781418030742)
Online Companion  (ISBN-10: 1418030732 | ISBN-13: 9781418030735)

Student Supplements

Online Companion  (ISBN-10: 1418030732 | ISBN-13: 9781418030735)