By: Jason Reynolds
Published by: Simon & Schuster
Released on: April 10th, 2018
Ages: 12 & up
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Rating: 5 owlets
Source: borrowed from the library
Originally performed at the Kennedy Center for the unveiling of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, and later as a tribute to Walter Dean Myers, this stirring and inspirational poem is bestselling author and National Book Award finalist Jason Reynolds’s rallying cry to the dreamers of the world.
is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. But especially for every one kid. The kids who dream of being better than they are. Kids who dream of doing more than they almost dare to dream. Kids who are like Jason Reynolds, a self-professed dreamer. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realized. But others, the most important ones, lay ahead, and a lot of them involve kids, how to inspire them. All the kids who are scared to dream, or don’t know how to dream, or don’t dare to dream because they’ve NEVER seen a dream come true. Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith.
A pitch perfect graduation, baby, or love my kid gift.
A short, yet powerful read to never give up on your dreams! Jason Reynolds has a way with words. His words in this book will move and inspire you. This book will make you realize that on the road less traveled, you’re not alone. On the dreams you feel as though have passed you by, really haven’t. No matter the fear, the obstacle, where you are at in life, how old you are, who you are now, etc, JUST JUMP! Take that leap of faith! Follow those dreams!
This book makes the perfect gift. It’s the motivational speech that everyone needs. It’s the reminder that you can do it. No matter what it is you want to do. This poem/letter/whatever you want to call it, is the kind of read you’ll be glad you read. Though short, it’s a very direct, quick read. This book is one that will resonate with it’s teen audience, as much as it will with the adults who read it.
By: Jason Reynolds