Today I am sharing three books from the Little People, Big Dreams series. I love this series and recommend as often as I can. I can’t praise this series enough. If you have the opportunity, check out these books, or better yet, check out the series and recommend it to your local library or school library or buy them for the children in your life. I read these three books with my seven year old grandson. He enjoyed them and kept asking if these were stories or real people. He was quite impressed with what they had done. He was upset when we read about Malala being shot, but after some discussion, we were able to move on. He was also very interested in the actual photos at the back of the books, but didn’t really care about the timeline, he is only seven. I received these books from the publisher upon request. The rating, ideas and opinions shared are my own.

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Megan Rapinoe (Little People, Big Dreams #55) by Mª Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Paulina Morgan (Illustrations)

Published February 16th 2021 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

4 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐

I love the books in this series and always find something new in them. I wasn’t sure if I had heard of Megan Rapinoe, but once I started this book, and looked at the photos at the back, I recognized her right away. This book, like the rest in the series, focuses on a young girl who followed her dreams, went against the expectations and succeeded. Megan Rapinoe is a famous soccer player with an interesting story. She’s a twin, she’s headstrong, has a lot of athletic skills and interest and she wanted to become an amazing athlete. Megan worked hard and became a member of the US Olympic Soccer team. She is also part of the LGBTQ+ community and works hard to promote acceptance and normalcy of its members. She is an inspiration to many with her drive, high expectations of herself and her achievements. Normally, I enjoy the quirky illustrations in these books, but this one fell a bit short for me. First, I had no idea who Megan was until I looked at photographs of her. The illustrations did not come close in my eyes. I do enjoy these books and recommend them to families, schools and classrooms to show how Dreaming Big can have amazing results.

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Malala Yousafzai (Little People, Big Dreams #57) by Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara, Manal Mirza (Illustrations)

Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I wish this series had been around when I was teaching. These beginning biographies of famous people have just enough information not to overwhelm young people, yet give a basic overview of their lives. This wonderful addition to the series features Malala Yousafzai, an advocate for education of children, especially girls. This is a kinder and gentler version of her story, but it does touch on her shooting and the reasons behind it. Malala’s story is a tough one for young children to read about. She wanted rights for women but the Taliban had other ideas. She felt that women were basically imprisoned for doing nothing. She started protesting and got some of her friends to do it as well, this action changed her life forever. After she healed, she became one of the most young, influential women in regards to human rights. She started as a young girl just wanting to stand up for herself and other girls and women. This book is definitely a jumping off point for further discussion and research for older children. The illustrations are charming, colourful, large and add much to this story. I definitely recommend this book and series to those wanting to teach young children about Dreaming Big, Standing up for Yourself, honouring those who were trailblazers and to motivate.

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Mary Anning (Little People, Big Dreams #58) by Maria Isabel Sánchez Vegara, Popy Matigot (Illustrations)

Expected publication: March 16th 2021 by Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

5 Stars: ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

This is another great addition to the Little People, Big Dreams series. I hadn’t heard about Mary Anning, but do recall hearing about a woman whose information and palaeontology finds had be claimed by men. Now I know who that was and more about this remarkable young woman. Mary used to go fossil hunting with her father as a young girl. She didn’t always know what she found, but she cleaned them up and sold them to tourists. One day a lady gave her a book that changed her life. She learned how to read and began seriously searching for fossils and dinosaur bones. The first skeleton was found by her brother, but she was the one who excavated it and shared it with the world. She worked hard for years, sharing her finds with male archaeologists, and teaching them, while they took credit for her finds. Eventually she was recognized and offered membership in the Geological Society of London, eventually becoming known as the Mother of Paleontology. I loved the quote in the book about her journey: “Sometimes people won’t recognize your achievements, but don’t worry! Time will place them where they belong.” A great book for young children, especially girls to learn about a smart, female scientist, but also a young girl who persevered and followed her dreams.