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This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer

Written by Joan Holub and illustrated by Daniel Roode
Published by Little Simon
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Goodreads Rating - 4.1 / 5.0
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“Highlighted historical dreamers instill a succinct message of helping others.”

Consistent with other primers in the This Little book series, This Little Dreamer introduces ten historical figures, each with a four-lined poem, a sentence more of biographical information, and an illuminating illustration of the dreamer. The last page of the book contains seventeen additional dreamers that are highlighted, with a portrait illustration and an introductory sentence for each, along with one empty portrait frame with the title “YOU!” for a reader to imagine themselves, and prompting further discussion of hopes, dreams, and interests long after the book is closed. The flowing rhymes included about the main spotlights pair nicely with the additional sentences highlighting achievements, making this board book more substantive and educational than most board books with its short, attention grabbing snippets of inspiring information. Simplified illustrations capture the essence of the highlighted individuals while remaining playful, bright, and engaging. Consistent with the examples of historical dreamers included in this board book are the few lines of extra text introducing and closing the book that promote positive messages relating to hope, kindness, and sharing. With a feeling of a simplified, baby encyclopedia, this dreamer primer ends by instilling the uplifting and honorable notion that “little dreamers make our big world better.”

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Learn all about dreamers who changed history in this engaging and hopeful board book perfect for dreamers-in-training!

In this sixth book in the This Little series, now even the youngest readers can learn all about important people in history who dared to dream big for a better future! Highlighting ten memorable dreamers who paved the way, parents and little ones alike will love this inspirational primer full of fun, age-appropriate facts and bold illustrations.

What Kind of Book is This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer

What Questions Should I Ask My Child

  • At the end of the book you learn about an extra group of spotlighted individuals and ways they help others through their dreams. What are your dreams? How can your dreams help others?

  • There are ten highlighted individuals along with seventeen other spotlighted individuals. Which dreamers do you have similar interests with? What dreamer was your favorite to learn about?

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I love this! It’s cute, fun, and super palatable for the youngest readers. I especially love the way it uses the word dreamer—as someone who saw a vision for a better world and worked hard to make it a reality.

The Notorious RAD
Mom of 1. Wife to 1. #1.

This is another great installation to the series, very diverse and teaches about lesser known historical figured.

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Who Wrote This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer

Joan Holub

Joan Holub has authored and/or illustrated over 140 children’s books, including the Goddess Girls series, the Heroes in Training series, the New York Times bestselling picture book Mighty Dads (illustrated by James Dean), and Little Red Writing (illustrated by Melissa Sweet). She lives in North Carolina and is online at (Bio via

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Who Illustrated This Little Dreamer: An Inspirational Primer

Daniel Roode

Daniel Roode is an illustrator and designer who draws inspiration from his French heritage, mid-century modern design, pop art, and nature. Daniel creates the bulk of his art digitally, an appropriate medium for his clean yet tactile aesthetic that has a distinct joie de vivre. He resides in Nashville, Tennessee, with his amazing wife Laura and their two funny cats.

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January 14, 2020

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