Powell’s Books in Portland is a magical place. It’s everything you want a bookstore to be – comprehensive, cozy, and reasonably priced. There are at least a million books one could easily (and happily!) get lost in. I spent a morning wandering the Rose Room. Of all the books, I came across a true gem: An Awesome Book by Dallas Clayton. You can read it here for free.
The message behind this book is simple: dream big. Clayton’s words are lyrical, enchanting, and speak to both young and old. They were exactly what I needed to hear. Here’s my favorite part:
Yes, there are places in the world where dreams are almost dead
So please, my child, do keep in mind before you go to bed
To dream a dream as big as big could ever dream to be
Then dream a dream ten times as big
As that one dream you see
Then once you’ve got that dream in mind please dream a million more
And not a million quiet dreams
A million dreams that roar
With every read, it just gets better and better. I have no doubt that this book will be one of my most loved and treasured.
I can’t wait to hear the roars, screams, and shouts of my students’ dreams as they flood my classroom in the fall.