Remember to Dream, Ebere

Little, Brown. Sept. 2021. 40p. Tr $18.99. ISBN 9780316496155.
PreS-Gr 1–“You’d better go back and dream some more,” Ebere’s mother tells her patiently. Ebere is a young, pajama-clad Black girl with locs and glasses, whose vivid dreams of rocket ships keep her up at night. In this loving tale, Ebere sweetly shares her dreams with her mother, and is given nothing but encouragement to go back to sleep and dream even bigger. Soft watercolor illustrations depict details of Ebere’s warm home life and dog, as well as her dream visions of a red rocket named The Light Chaser and the colorful starry skies that surround it. The bedtime routine may seem familiar for many families and is perfect for parents and caregivers to read aloud to their children. A note from the author concludes Erivo’s debut picture book, counseling young readers to dream “Big, Big Gargantuan dreams in the brightest colors.”
VERDICT This inspirational bedtime story, with appeal for fans of Kobi Yamada and Andrea Beaty, would be a welcome addition to every collection.

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