Dreams to Inspire

All week you’ve been hearing about Laurie Ann Thompson’s gorgeous and inspiring debut Emmanuel’s Dream. Laurie has captured a true story that will resonate with young readers through its message of hope and determination in the face of adversity. Today, we’re bringing you some other inspiring thoughts – books and quotes that nurture our souls and our writing in much the same way as Emmanuel’s Dream is sure to nurture readers.

Read on, and then, go become a Dreamer!

Susan Vaught says this quote has been on her wall for a year and inspires her every day, and is true for Emmanuel: “Your value doesn’t decrease based on someone’s inability to see your worth.”

after_ever_afterMylisa Larsen says, “I really love Jordan Sonnenblick’s After Ever After. It’s about an eighth grade boy who had leukemia when he was younger and still has residual effects and disabilities caused by the chemotherapy…it’s inspiring…and it’s hilarious…When a book works for both a 47-year-old mom and an 11-year-old boy, that’s a keeper.”

Donna Janell Bowman responded with her favorite: “Silent Star: The Story of Deaf Major Leaguer William Hoy, by Bill Wise, illustrated by Adam Gustavson. A childhood illness left Hoy (1862-1961,) deaf, but that didn’t stop him from becoming one of the pioneers of Major League Baseball. He is credited wiSilent Starth creating the hand signals that are still used today in baseball. I had done some research on William Hoy before this book came out, and found his story so remarkable. Imagine playing early baseball, when all calls were verbal, yet finding a way to fit in, invent a solution, and grow into a record-setting ball player. Wow!”

Maria Gianferrari says, “When I think of Laurie Thompson’s Emmanuel’s Dream, the first book that comes to mind is A Splash of Red: The Life and Art of Horace Pippin, by Jen Bryant, with illustrations by Melissa Sweet, an inspiring tale about artist Horace Pippin. Horace is a young boy who loves to draw, but aftdownloader his father leaves, he must work to help support his family, just as Emmanuel helps to support his family…Horace enlists as a soldier in WWI, and his right arm is irrevocably injured…[yet] he finds a way to paint by supporting his injured arm with his good one…Both Horace and Emmanuel have indomitable spirits, and resourceful natures…being disabled does not mean being un-able.”

Penny Parker Klosterman added this: “One of the books that really inspired me this year is Grandfather Gandhi (Arun Ghandi and Bethany Hegedus, illustrated by Evan Turk). This is a story of how Mahatma Gandhi’s grandson, Arun, wondered how he could be a Gandhi when he felt anger instead of peace. I love this line that proved a turning point for Arun. ‘Arun, we can all work to use our anger, instead of letting it use us.’ “71i8tQLQl0L

And I’ll end with one of my own favorite inspirations, Sherman Alexie’s novel The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. Despite being bullied for his disabilities and his outsider status as Native American in an all-white school, Junior “attacks life with wit and humor and discovers a strength inside of himself.” Junior dreams big, just like Emmanuel.

Don’t forget to comment here to be included in our giveaway of a copy of Emmanuel’s Dream!



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15 responses to “Dreams to Inspire

  1. mariagianferrari

    Lots of great books here! Thanks for compiling these, Janet! I’m also a huge fan of Alexie’s novel–it’s both heartbreaking & hilarious!

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  2. Thanks for gathering all this inspiration together, Janet! What an awesome list of books. I haven’t read all of them so now I have a handy “To Read” list 🙂 I’m so glad that Laurie’s book is out in the world to inspire and challenge others to dream.

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  3. What a wonderful selection of inspiring books! These titles have not crossed my path before, thank you.

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  4. I’ve got -and love- A Splash of Color, and I’ve recently bought The Absolutely True Diary… which is by my bed. The others look great, especially Silent Star which I’ve just checked out online… Thanks for the recommendations. And good luck with Emmanuel’s Dream. I’ll keep an eye out for it. Clare.

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  5. I’m so excited EMMANUEL’S DREAM is out! And this post is great. Love hearing about how particular books inspire people.

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  6. Thanks for sharing all of these inspiring titles! Most I’ve seen (and love!) but a few are new to me. More books for TBR pile! I’m looking forward to checking them out.

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  7. Love these thoughts/books/quotes. Especially needed on a day like today when the news channels are full of sorrow.


  8. I love the others so I have to read After Ever After. I find the problem isn’t too few good books like these, it’s too little time to read them.


  9. These all look to be wonderful books! Thanks!


  10. ManjuBeth

    I would love a copy of Emmanuel’s Dream. Thanks!


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