Book Trailer Premiere: Dream Big by Joyce Wan

I am celebrating Dream Big's book birthday with author-illustrator Joyce Wan. She dropped by to chat with me about Dream Big's book trailer, Zaha Hadid, picture books, school librarians, and more. I wrote the words in purple, and she wrote the words in black. Thank you, Joyce!

Dream Big’s book trailer highlights several of the 15 female trailblazers featured in my book. I hope that the words, images, and music not only drum up some excitement for my latest book but leaves you with a feeling of hope, joy, and empowerment. It was created by fellow children’s book author-illustrator and friend, Anna Raff. It’s so exciting for me to see my illustrations animated.

Zaha Hadid, Junko Tabei, and Frida Kahlo are pioneering women who defied gender stereotypes, followed their dreams, and changed the world. Their stories give us hope and reminds us that anything is possible with courage, hard work, passion, and determination.

I hope Dream Big inspires children, girls especially, to look at these women’s achievements and feel empowered to achieve anything they want to. The book offers a message of encouragement and hope to readers of all ages. You can read the few words on each page as simple affirmations about dreams with the youngest of readers or delve deeper into the accomplishments of these trailblazers with older readers. It’s important for children, girls and boys both, to see examples of women demonstrating and recognized for a wide variety of skills, abilities, and accomplishments. I’ve included a glossary on the back of the book giving a brief bio of each dreamer to facilitate discussions about these women which I hope will give children courage to let their own dreams take root. I’ve also provided classroom and activity guides that are free to download on my website to help you.

Picture books are a great way to introduce complex ideas and feelings and difficult subjects to children as well as foster kindness, compassion, and understanding.

School librarians are the gatekeepers of knowledge and to endless worlds and possibilities. They help to shape future readers, writers, learners, and dreamers.

Mr. Schu, you should have asked me what inspired me to write this book. I was inspired to write this book when I became a new mom to a baby girl and I was thinking about what message I wanted to impart to her and daughters everywhere. The message in this book is straight from my heart to yours and I hope it helps to inspire the next generation of dreamers, darers, and doers.

Borrow Dream Big from your school or public library. Whenever possible, please support independent bookshops. 


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