“What do you want to be when you grow up?” is a big question that needs big inspiration. Show kids a blue sky, and that’s what they’ll aim for, and Ma Isabel Sanchez Vegara’s series of books, Little People, Big Dreams is all blue sky.
The Little People, Big Dreams series is about the lives of inspiring people whose paths to success were full of tricky turns. The first book is about lauded French fashion designer Coco Chanel who begins her life in an orphanage, her nimble little fingers sewing and creating from a young age. She goes on to be a cabaret singer, a milliner and finally the fashion designer whose house still has cult status, even though Coco herself is gone.
There’s also the story of Frida Khalo whose ambitions to be a doctor were interrupted by a childhood accident. Her life as an artist began from her sickbed, and her self portraits are probably the most recognisable in the art world.
The illustrations are bright, joyful and engaging for all kids, and at the end of each story there’s a fact section with more information about the life of the subject.
In September 2016, Ma Isabel’s latest Little People, Big Dreams books about Amelia Earhart and Maya Angelou will be released, adding to the collection of histories of inspiring people.
That the subjects are all women so far isn’t lost on us. It’s so wonderful to see women as the heroes in children’s books, and we hope that little boys will find as much wonder and inspiration in these books as little girls might.
The first two Little People, Big Dreams books are available at Young Folk.
(via Alphabet Street)