by Linda Pate
I recently discovered a great read for children this summer. How many of us encourage children to dream? Author Clayton Singleton has written and illustrated a wonderful book titled Dream an Awesome Dream (Birthmark Books $10.99). This book will encourage children to believe in themselves, be daring and that all dreams are possible. I recently had the opportunity to meet Mr. Singleton and he is a person that truly enjoys living life. I asked him a few questions about his book and I want to share his responses with you. To learn more about Clayton visit his website.
How did the book Dream the Awesome Dream come about?
It came about on two simultaneous fronts. I was beginning to paint images of children doing things in which they were in control. Most of this stemmed from teaching art. In the arena of creating, kids have the majority if not all of the control or influence over what they do. The other front was my conclusions from observing kids in my schools, children appeared to have lost the willingness, need or ability to dream. Wonderment seemed dead or dying at best. Personal reality seemed to smother and be mightier than hope. As I considered it further, it appeared many adults were existing within the same imitation limitations. These thoughts merged with my images and I created a series of children with crowns – those people taking risks, able to create their own outcomes and celebrating their success. The series seemed to speak visual verses so I sat and wrote many of the words of the book. Over the next year, I put together words and images to teach people how to dream.