Tuesday, July 10, 2012

A Million Dreams That Roar

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.

1 comment:

  1. That book is awesome! When we talk about our hopes and dreams for the school year I am reading that book.

    please dream for those who've given up
    for those who've never tried
    please use your dreams to make new dreams
    for all the dreams that died
    'cause you're the one whose dreams can be
    whatever dreams you want
    whose dreams can change the way things are and the way that things are not

    that part almost brought a tear to my eye!