You know how they say books open a doorway to your imagination? They really do. So much so that when Andrea and I were considering how to budget our money as we started our family in 1999, we decided that rather than travel, rather than renovate our house, rather than lavish ourselves with luxuries, we’d fill our lives with children’s books.

It was while producing the Just One More Book!! children’s book podcast from 2006-2009 that we met and formed amazing friendships with remarkably talented, creative and passionate people. In 2008 we embarked on a six-day road trip during which we spent time with some of the biggest names and most talented up-and-comers in the community. Among them is Jarrett Krosoczka. Jarrett introduced us to his creative process, passion for creating and taught our daughters how to paint. It was inspiring.

His career has really taken off. When we met up with Jarrett at a children’s book illustrator event in 2011, Jarrett told us about new books and movie versions of his books starring Amy Poehler. And, today, he showed up in my TED Talks subscription in iTunes.

Jarrett’s talk is loaded with passion and highlights the importance of imagination and creativity in life.

Photo: An illustration by Jarrett captured from his TED Talk.

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