Emmanuel had a sharp mind, a bold heart, and one strong leg. All he needed was a bike.”
This month, the Little Lit Book Series is sharing books that take you places. Emmanuel’s Dream takes the reader to West Africa. It’s the true story of a boy born with a with a severely deformed leg and all he overcomes despite this disability. He attends school and not only learns to play soccer (on crutches!) but how to ride a bike. At a young age, Emmanuel must work to support his family. Fueled by the encouragement of his mother and the support of his friends and the Challenged Athletes Foundation, he fulfills his dream of biking close to 400 miles across Ghana to become a voice for the disabled in his country. Emmanuel’s journey is one of faith and perserverance, which Laurie Ann Thompson and Sean Qualls have captured so eloquently and beautifully through their words and art.
Don’t miss other great selections this month of books that take you places from the #littlelitbookseries crew. Many thanks to author Julie Segal-Walters who highly recommended this book during a recent literacy Edcamp author panel session entitled “Building Empathy and Deepening Relationships with Students Through Literature.” Julie’s picture book, This is Not a Normal Animal Book, debuts Fall 2017.
Also featured in this picture is stunning children’s atlas that will take you around the world: Maps by Aleksandra Mizielinska and Daniel Mizielinski.
I’ll leave you with this inspirational video and a quote: “Dreams aren’t born in the spotlight. They’re built, forged, moment by moment. Fought for. Earned. Not celebrated or praised…not defined by what we’ve been but by what we’ve yet to go.”
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