I absolutely love children's picture books. I'll probably still buy them even after my youngest has passed the age of reading them.
My latest acquisition is My Name is Not Isabella: Just How Big Can a Little Girl Dream by Jennifer Fosberry and illustrated by Mike Litwin. This book makes me smile.
This is a story of a little girl who dreams of becoming various famous women throughout history such as Sally Ride, Rosa Parks, and Marie Curie. The final pages include biographical information about the women described in the book.
This book reminds me of my fellow Mondo Beyondoers. Mondo Beyondo is an on-line class about dreaming BIG. This class's facilitators are the lovely and inspring Andrea Scher and Jen Lemen. This past summer I participated in their Dream Lab course which focused on play and being kind to yourself. My kinda stuff.
When I was little I used to pretend I was a teacher, mom, and doctor when I played. I remember that I wanted to be a scientist. In early grade school my mother, who was a teacher, brought home some old science textbooks. I had a freestanding chalkboard and a small table and chairs. I would set my dolls in those chairs with these textbooks and play teacher. My students were the best: they listened attentively, did their homework, turned it in on time, and never once sent text-messages in class. Of course, there were no cell phones back then. I'll say more about the relationship between our childhood play and career choices in a future post.
For now, what did you want to be when you were little? What was your dream?