Recommended for readers aged 6 and up
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EDITORIAL REVIEWS“A whimsical, engaging, beautifully illustrated celebration of imagining the future—obstacles and all.” –Kirkus Reviews
“This whimsically illustrated book offers a myriad of fun answers to the age-old question: “What do you want to be when you grow up?” With diverse characters and positive affirmations, this inspiring read will delight any hopeful youngster.” –BookBub
“A timeless and visually stunning story that will inspire the boundless potential within readers of all ages.” –Mary Lanni, Reedsy Discovery
“…a children’s picture book for any reader who has ever contemplated their place in the world. With stunning watercolor illustrations, diverse characters, and playful text on every page, this book is a pure joy to read. And with its universal message, it’s an inspirational story that can be enjoyed by kids and adults alike.” –Felicia Bengtsson, Editorial Manager, Reedsy Discovery
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Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be? is a joyful exploration of this universal question that children often get asked. From dreaming of becoming an author, a programmer, or a teacher to daring to become a pilot, a marine biologist, or a doctor, this book presents an array of career choices for our future bright sparks to consider.
Featuring children of different races and embracing diversity and inclusivity on every page, this book celebrates big dreams and even bigger possibilities for everyone from age 6 to 106.
With exuberant rhymes and a timeless message of hope and encouragement, this book is perfect for any child with a dream or for any reader—young or adult—that contemplates their place in the universe and the bright futures they have ahead of them.
Gorgeously illustrated with whimsical artwork by Chiara Nasi, this book would make the ideal gift for celebrating life’s milestones such as a graduation or a birthday, or for anyone who’s about to embark on a new chapter in their lives.
To those who dare to dream and follow their dreams with the exuberance of a child, no matter what phase in life you are in right now, this book is for you.
Order your copy today and give wings to the hopes and dreams in your child’s heart.
Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be? is:
- a poetic and joyful celebration of every child’s dreams and boundless potential,
- a timeless and inspiring gift for celebrating life’s joyous milestones such as a graduation or a birthday,
- recommended for fans of Oh, the Places You’ll Go by Dr. Seuss,
- the perfect read-aloud book for story time at home or in the classroom with a fun learning activity at the end of the book,
- complemented by free online resources to enhance your child’s reading experience. Teach your child positive affirmations for success and the definition of each profession featured in this book by subscribing to my newsletter below.
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From the author:
Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be? is a book that’s near and dear to my heart. It is the kind of book that I would have loved to read when I was a little girl dreaming of becoming a ‘rhymer of rhymes’ one day.
This book aspires to motivate its young and young-at-heart readers to look deep within themselves in order to find their passion and discover their true calling, to aim high and pursue their dreams, to be brave in the face of adversity, and to envision success while acknowledging that mistakes, failures, and setbacks can happen—and most importantly, to get back up when life knocks them down.
For every young reader out there, I hope this book will inspire you to find your passion—what you love to do—and encourage you to look to the future with anticipation and confidence. To those who dare to dream and follow their dreams with the exuberance of a child, no matter what phase in life you are in right now, this book is for you.
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“[…] beautiful package of lovely rhyming prose, absolutely stunning artwork and sage advice. […] This book is just a joy to read. The writing, illustrations, layout, and colouring are simply superb. […] Read this book with your child, give it as a gift or keep it in the library. It will give wings to the hopes and dreams in each child’s heart.” -Betty Yu, Reviewer
“[…] a masterpiece of inspirational messaging and stellar illustrations! […] This intelligent and stunning book must be seen in a physical copy… It’s too magnificent to be enjoyed on a screen alone. […] I predict that I just read a future classic – 5 Stars PLUS!” -Stephanie Grayson, Reviewer
“Thought-Provoking, Empathetic, Realistic and Imaginative […] An excellent book that focuses on career aspirations and invites kids to think about what is right for them. […] I recommend this book without hesitation.” -Suzy Davies, Children’s Author of Luna the Moon Pig
“This book is brilliant. […] The story is magical […] The artist is a true master in bringing characters to life.” -Leslie, Reviewer
“The poetry is pleasant and easy to read. The illustrations are beyond beautiful. The message is both positive and whimsical. […] This book is a cut above the rest, and I would highly recommend it.” -HCH, Reviewer
“Wonderfully inspiring story for children, with amazingly beautiful illustrations […] inspiring for children regarding following their dreams in life, whilst recognising that it won’t all be plain sailing and that there will be a need to show resilience and perseverance along the way.” -Ellem, Reviewer
“Four children follow their dreams of future professions in this rhyming picture book.
Kids are frequently asked what they want to be when they grow up. Wonders’ inquisitive narrator asks the pictured children: When you look in the mirror, what do you see?” In Nasi’s creative, painterly illustrations, the four kids—all with different skin tones and features—face reflections of imagined careers as a chef, inventor, pilot, and artist. In the following pages, their dreams help them to see future possibilities: They are small, but shine brightly; with determination, they will reach their goals; and despite setbacks, they will get up and move forward. The author’s rhymes scan well throughout, and the sometimes-challenging vocabulary (freewheeling, thespian) makes this a good choice for independent readers looking to stretch their skills. Nasi’s watercolors, with inventive landscapes and backgrounds for the four children, are captivating and will invite young readers to inspect each page for details. Wonders’ rhyming list of possible professions is accompanied by the four main kids and several others sporting various costumes or holding props to signify each job (with no gender bias in the occupations). The images are repeated in the end pages with a guessing game for readers to figure out which youngsters have dreamed each career.
A whimsical, engaging, beautifully illustrated celebration of imagining the future—obstacles and all.” -Kirkus Reviews