Big Dreams: Meet Inspiring Kids & Teens Authors

12/05/2015 - 1:00pm to 3:00pm

Dream Big with authors Laurie Ann Thompson, Gretchen Wing, and Tom Robinson.


Laurie Ann Thompson writes to inspire and empower the next generation. Her recent works include Be a Changemaker: How To Start Something That Matters, which has received numerous awards, including Coalition of Visionary Resources Book of the Year Award, SCBWI Crystal Kite Members’ Choice, Parents’ Choice, and Moonbeam Awards Gold Medal. Equal parts instruction and inspiration, this guide shows young social entrepreneurs how to effect change in their communities and around the world. “Teens looking to make a difference will find inspiration as well as real-world strategies for realizing their dreams of being the change they want to see in the world.” —Kirkus Reviews

Thompson’s latest release, My Dog is the Best, is an adorable fiction picture book in which an energetic little boy gushes about the many wonderful things his beloved—but very sleepy—dog can do… or can he? “This simple, quiet story conveys the enduring bond between child and dog, with the added appeal of a joke that younger children just beginning to understand humor can enjoy.” —Kirkus Reviews.  “… the simplicity of both the words and the pictures creates a charming, toddler-sized ode to man’s best friend.” —Booklist

Thompson also shares Emmanuel’s Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, a picture book biography of Emmanuel, born with one working leg, who bicycled across Ghana. Emmanuel continues to work for disabled rights, and to demonstrate that one person is enough to change the world. A  Junior Library Guild and Indie Next selection. “A triumph,” says School Library Journal’s starred review.

 “I believe that each of us is capable of doing amazing things once we discover our passion, talent, and purpose,” says author Laurie Ann Thompson.


YA author Gretchen Wing also believes that Real Magic comes from our determination and dreams.

In The Flying Burgowski, the first book in her series, a girl’s flying dreams make for a great escape from a tangled family…till the dreams turn real. When the power of flight visits Joss on her fourteenth birthday, she realizes that a dream coming true doesn’t always make life easier. Can Joss keep her secret while rescuing her troubled mother? Will she give up her powers to save her mom, or use them to heal the damage of her mother’s own secret? 

In Book 2, Headwinds, someone wants to bring Joss the Flyer down. In a race to discover her enemy and hold tight to her power, Joss wonders: how does she fight a force she doesn’t understand? Can she protect her powers without revealing her secret? And can she open her heart to the promise of real love when love itself could be her enemy?

Gretchen K. Wing always wished to fly unaided, but since the magic never visited her, she learned to fly on paper instead. She and her family live on Lopez Island where she bakes at Holly B’s Bakery, blogs, and performs with her band, Chicken Biscuit.



Tom Robinson, a science teacher in Chelan, has a dream: "to inspire children to dream and to turn the 'impossible' into 'I'm Possible! ' "

Robinson's Fibonacci Zoo introduces young readers to the beauty of patterns. Explore the zoo with Eli as he predicts what comes next and runs ahead to find out. Young readers and their parents will also enjoy Robinson’sThe Everything Kids Science Experiments Book and The Everything Kids Magical Science Experiments Book.



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Be a Changemaker: How to Start Something That Matters By Laurie Ann Thompson, Bill Drayton (Foreword by) Cover Image
By Laurie Ann Thompson, Bill Drayton (Foreword by)
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ISBN: 9781582704647
Published: Simon Pulse/Beyond Words - September 16th, 2014

Emmanuel's Dream: The True Story of Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Laurie Ann Thompson, Sean Qualls (Illustrator)
ISBN: 9780449817445
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Published: Anne Schwartz Books - January 6th, 2015

Fibonacci Zoo By Tom Robinson, Christina Wald (Illustrator) Cover Image
By Tom Robinson, Christina Wald (Illustrator)
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ISBN: 9781628555622
Published: Arbordale Publishing - April 10th, 2015