Sacramento Public Library

10 Books for Dreaming Big

    Not a Box

    Not a Box - Antoinette Portis

    To an imaginative bunny, a box is not always just a box. A box can be anything you imagine…
    Harold and the Purple Crayon

    Harold and the Purple Crayon - Crockett Johnson

    Harold draws himself into quite an adventure with his purple crayon, traveling through a forest, across the sea, over the mountains, and back home to his bed.
    Olivia

    Olivia - Ian Falconer

    Olivia is always on the move, dressing up, singing songs, building sand castles, napping (maybe), dancing, painting on walls, and - whew! - going to sleep at last.
    Me...Jane

    Me...Jane - Patrick McDonnell

    Holding her stuffed toy chimpanzee, young Jane Goodall observes nature, reads Tarzan books, and dreams of living in Africa and helping animals.
    Biblioburro

    Biblioburro - Jeanette Winter

    After amassing piles of books, Luis, a voracious reader, dreams up a way to share his collection with faraway villages. Based on a true story.
    How I Learned Geography

    How I Learned Geography - Uri Shulevitz

    As he spends hours studying his father's world map, a young boy escapes the hunger and misery of refugee life through his imagination.
    Miss Rumphius

    Miss Rumphius - Barbara Cooney

    Deciding in childhood that she would seek adventure in faraway places, Miss Rumphius fulfills her dream and then has one more thing to do--something to make the world more beautiful.
    The Dream Stealer

    The Dream Stealer - Sid Fleischman

    A plucky Mexican girl tries to recover her dream from the Dream Stealer who takes her to his castle where countless dreams and even more adventures await.
    The Tale of Despereaux

    The Tale of Despereaux - Kate DiCamillo

    The adventures of Despereaux Tilling, a small mouse of unusual talents, the princess that he loves, the servant girl who longs to be a princess, and a devious rat determined to bring them all to ruin.
    Matilda

    Matilda - Roald Dahl

    Matilda uses her talents and ingenuity to seek revenge on her crooked father, lazy mother, and her wicked headmistress, and save her beloved teacher, Miss Honey.