Center for Children's Literature Blog

Children’s Book Committee – April 2022 Pick

Someone Builds the Dream
Written by Lisa Wheeler; illustrated by Loren Long

An exploration of the many types of work that go into building our world.

Our Young Reviewers Say:

“Sophia and Genevieve loved the diversity in this book and the celebration of manual labor. The girls loved the illustrations and said they appreciated seeing women doing all sorts of jobs! Genevieve mentioned that she liked the rhythm of the book. She also said, ‘I love the meaning, that it takes more than just one person to make a dream happen. It also makes sure that we don’t forget all the people in the world who help build things.’ “

–Sophia and Genevieve (with their mom), both 8, Arlington, MA

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