cover image Dream Big

Dream Big

Joyce Wan. Cartwheel, $9.99 (24p) ISBN 978-1-338-33868-3

In this oversize, glossy-paged board book, Wan honors 15 visionary and inspiring women with a simple affirmation about dreams, aspirations, and change-making: “Dream your dreams/ with your eyes wide open.” The childlike renderings of the figures appear in Wan’s scenes, with the women identified in small text alongside visual context clues (a final spread names each and her contributions). Mathematician Katherine Johnson fills a chalkboard with mathematical equations; primatologist Jane Goodall tenderly cradles a chimpanzee in a jungle clearing; Sirimavo Bandaranaike, former prime minister of Sri Lanka, is seen speaking before an audience; and Rosa Parks appears through a bus window, refusing to give up her seat. The book cheers on a 16th dreamer, too: “You. Can’t wait to see where your dreams take you!” Ages up to 3. [em](July) [/em]