Mommy by Maurice Sendack
The ultimate pop-up book. This book's intricacies will amaze you.
Anne of Green Gables by LM Montgomery
No person has ever created a character as completely as Lucy Maude created her Anne. Whenever I dive into the world of Prince Edward Island, it's so easy to imagine-- it takes no effort to picture Anne taking a stroll in Lover's Lane or walking to the Avonlea school.
She is a beautiful character and I'm continually amazed at Montgomery's ability to make Anne so real. Creating a character is one of the ultimate creative challenges.
Diary of a Worm by Doreen Cronin
One of the best creative exercises is to consider someone else's perspective. And why not start with a worm.
Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
No book sets a scene as well as Night Circus does. Erin Morgenstern was a stage producer and has translated those skills to writing. It's a master's class in creating an ambiance.
Just a note about Night Circus: it's best read in the fall. And if you can, listen to it. Jim Dale reads it and it's basically the most magical thing ever. At the beginning one of the characters drops the f bomb out of nowhere, and there's a slightly uncomfortable scene near the end. Just skim that part... Ahem
The Scarlet Pimpernel by Baroness Orczy
One of the most practical uses of creativity is problem-solving. Which Sir Percy Blakeney does on a grand scale. This piece of fiction walks the reader through a scheme pulled off by seemingly one of the most ridiculous characters ever written. Delightful read. Profound use of creativity.