In our inaugural cover reveal, we highlight Ways to Build Dreams, the fourth book in Newbery Honor- and Coretta Scott King Award-winner Renée Watson's bestselling A Ryan Hart Story series, about a girl who is pure spirit and sunshine.
In this installment of the young middle grade series—out October 17 from Bloomsbury Children's Books—middle school is just around the corner for Ryan Hart, which means it’s time to start thinking about the future—and not just how to prank her brother, Ray!
During Black History Month, Ryan learns more about her ancestors and local Black pioneers, and their hopes for the future and her generation. She wonders who she wants to be and what kind of person her family hopes she becomes. Drawing on the ambitions of those who came before her and her own goals, Ryan is determined to turn her dreams into reality.
The first three books in the A Ryan Hart Story series—Ways to Make Sunshine, Ways to Grow Love, and Ways to Share Joy—have been widely praised, with the former being named a best book of the year by the New York Times, Parents magazine, School Library Journal, Kirkus Reviews, and Publishers Weekly.
A #1 New York Times bestselling author, Watson's other books include Piecing Me Together, Some Places More Than Others, This Side of Home, What Momma Left Me, Betty Before X, Watch Us Rise, Love Is a Revolution, Maya's Song, The 1619 Project: Born on the Water, A Place Where Hurricanes Happen, and Harlem’s Little Blackbird.