Book Title: Dream it & Do It by Holly Sharp
Category: Children’s Non-Fiction (Ages 3-7), 216 pages
Genre: Children’s Non-Fiction
Publisher: Dream It & Do It LLC
Release date: Nov 2020
Content Rating: G for everyone.
Dream It & Do It introduces children to a wide range of career possibilities at a young age. Readers will explore 100 stories featuring 100 role models, each one showcasing a different career choice. Dream It & Do It was recently awarded a coveted Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review from the largest fully-accredited book review platform, 1st place for short stories (Royal Dragonfly Book Award) and a Gold Mom’s Choice Award.
“Dream It & Do It by Holly Sharp is a perfect book for young kids who want to find their place in this world and what they’d like to be when they are older.” (Readers’ Favorite).
Readers will continued to be inspired through the coordinating Activity Book wherein 100+ activities teach your child about today’s career paths. Book can be purchased as a full collection or in 3 individual volumes. Find the paperback version on Amazon.com and hardcover on dreamitandoit.com.
Three time award winning author, Holly A. Sharp, suggests using short stories as a distance learning tool.
Q: What inspired you to write your book?
A: Holly A. Sharp: When I was looking for books for my new daughters library. I wanted a book that showed my daughter that she had so many choices for what she could be when she grew up. I couldn’t find anything like this book. Very suddenly, in November of 2019 I and found myself laid off, 8 months pregnant and hearing rumors about this pandemic finding it’s way to our shores.
So, I decided to turn my bad luck into a good luck. Inspired by my favorite children’s book, Rebel Girls, I decided that the best way to inspire kids was to tell the stories of real people.
Q: Who is this book for?
A: Holly A. Sharp: I wrote this for late elementary school children, but I think it would be good for young middle school kids as well. My hope is that this can become a tool for distance learning as well.
Q: How do you suggest parents use this as a distance-learning tool?
Small, but frequent breaks actually make it easier for elementary school kids to focus on the task at hand. In a 2016 study out of Carnegie Mellon, researchers found that K-4th grade kids were more likely to stay on task when they focused on learning for 10 minutes at a time, with off-task behavior taking over as instruction extended beyond 10 minutes. Shorter, but more frequent breaks, make it easier to learn in these small bursts of time. I think short stories allow kids to take a “reading recess” that is conducive to this short burst of re-focused time. It allows kids brains to take a break, be inspired and have a clear end to the break that lasts a few minutes.
Q: What is your hope for how this book will be used.
A: Holly A. Sharp: I hope that kids and parents will use this book together as a bedtime story or at the dinner table. Ask them about who they learned about that day. What did they like about the person they read about? What would they like to learn more about? A teacher friend of mine suggested that parents use the book to relate whatever children are learning about to careers that leverage those skills and read those stories together. In addition, Each story ends with an activity that kids can go and do to learn more about any of the 100 career paths in the book.
Q: Can you talk a little bit more about the activity in each story?
Holly A. Sharp: Sure, that’s actually where it all started. Before I wrote the book, I created an activity guide. It was last March when kids were put into distance learning the first time. In fact, I finished it the night before my daughter was born! You can get this guide for free on my website today. Anyways, There is a great book by Psychiatrist Edward M. Hallowell called Childhood Roots of Adult Happiness. In it, he outlines 5 things that every parent can do to help increase the changes of raising happy adults. As a mom, this was my real goal, to raise a happy child with the tools to attain success as she sees it. I know plenty of very successful people that are not actually happy. In addition, I hope that she can use that success to make the world a better place. In his book he talks about how kids that found an interest and learned the practice and discipline it took to not only get good at it, but persevere at being good at it when it wasn’t easy (or popular) are key traits that lead to happy adults. I believe that if kids can discover something at a young age, that they are passionate about, they are more likely to be happy and resilient adults. I think they are most likely to understand where this passion lives through trying lots of different things first, which is what each story suggests kids do.
Q: How did you choose the people to be in the book?
Holly A. Sharp: I focused fir on diversity. Diversity of race, sex and income. I wanted every kid possible to be able to see themselves in this book. I had a mother of a mixed-race child write to me a month after my book launched thanking me for not just showing examples of cliche or famous stereotypes. She said that my dedication to making this book for all kids, showed. It was one of the greatest moments since launching this book. When the book was finished, it was going to be more expensive to self-publish than I was planning because I decided to increase the quality of the paper and color. When I realized that not every family might be able to afford my book, I broke it up into three volumes so that families could buy them at a lower price one at a time. I really want all ranges of kids to have access to dreaming about the future.
Q: Thank you, where can people find your book?
Holly A. Sharp: The paperback, all 3 shorter volumes and the e-book are available on Amazon.com. The hardcover is available for the same price as Amazon on my website at http://www.dreamitandoit.com. On Facebook (@Imaginethepossiblities) and Instagram (@dream_itanddoit) I share other short story books I am loving, promotions and sneak peek at my next book.
Q: Next Book? Tell me more?
Holly A. Sharp: I am going to focus in on kids. One of the lessons I learned when writing this book is that most of the people I wrote about did not wait to be “grownups” to start taking action. I want to write a book about role models who are kids now and making a difference. If anyone in your audience has a kid that they want to nominate, please reach out to me at email@example.com
Dream it & Do It by Holly A. Sharp was so imaginative!! I LOVED all the different career ideas she fit into this book and the descriptions she gave of each one made them seem so lifelike and doable . It was also cool how diverse she was able to make it and how she included careers that are not often thought of.
One of my favorite dreamer careers was and inventor was Dr. Andrew Bastawrous (p.90), I so enjoyed learning about him and his invention that so many people can now benefit from! I’ll give you a hint, it has something to do with your eyes! Holly A. Sharp Combined information in an informative way without being boring or wordy and brought Dr. Andrew Bastwrous to life for me.
A true rounded collection of dreamers and doers beautifully laid out to spark anyone’s imagination (reading level wise probably best suited for 4th grade and up) Holly A. Sharp really wrote the book as a story to everyone though, as a reminder to follow your dreams and you CAN turn them into a career. I highly recommend this book, for the colorful illustrations, the inspiring stories, and the theme that dreams DO come true. 5 out of 5 stars for this beautiful collection of dreams.
*I volunteered to read this book in return for my honest feedback. The thought and opinions expressed within are my own.
About the Author
Sharp spent the bulk of her career in new product development—dreaming up intuitive ideas from how to kill bugs to new ice cream forms to hit grocery shelves. A self-proclaimed problem-solver, she loves to think about the things that the world needs and figuring out how to make those things come to life. “Knowing in high school what I wanted to do with my life set me up for the right path. I wanted the same for my child and searched for books to guide her, but came up short,” Sharp said. “That’s when I thought, ‘why not write the book for my child that she needs and that will also help others?”
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