Inevitably when I'm working on a new book idea I run into stretches of time when my ideas come at the rate of molasses. That is how I felt today. When that happens, my favorite way to get things going again is to pull out some of my favorite books, read them cover to cover, then sit and revise my project. At first I start to revise in the voice of the author I've just read, but after a few minutes my own voice kicks in again. Its kind of like a jump start for my creative battery. These are the books that jump started me today...

I've used this one more times than I can count, I can't get over how much I love it:

Oh how I wish I could have written this book:

Or illustrated this one: