PPBF – Dare

I found today’s Perfect Picture Book in London, but it’s also available in the US. After reading it, I wanted to get up and DO something, take positive action. I hope others feel that way, too!

Title: Dare

Written By: Lorna Gutierrez

Illustrated By: Polly Noakes

Publisher/Date: Tiny Owl Publishing/2019

Suitable for Ages: 4-8

Themes/Topics: social activism, self-esteem, rhyming, poetry, multicultural

Opening:

Dare to dream. Dare to aspire.

Dare to trust… Dare to inspire!

Brief Synopsis: Short rhyming text encourages and inspires children to be true to themselves, to be the best they can be, and to help others and speak out for a better world.

Links to Resources:

  • Try something new: an activity, a food, an outfit, or even visit a new place;
  • Watch the book trailer;
  • Check out the suggested activities in this Teacher Resource.

Why I Like this Book:

In just 93 words divided into short, active, rhyming phrases, Dare encourages all children to be true to themselves, to support causes important to them, and to take action to make the world better. Dare features both small actions, like reading, reaching out a hand to someone who appears to be a newcomer, and stopping to smell a flower, and big actions, like participating in a protest march.

I think the rhyming text will appeal to young children. I also think the illustrations will encourage activity. I especially like that these bright illustrations feature details that stretch the text: the girl on the cover is wearing a hearing aid; several children carry protest signs; a child in a tutu appears to be male; skin colors and hair types span a wide spectrum.

Dare is a positive, hopeful book, that, I think, will be a great addition to home and school libraries, whether you’re looking to encourage positive self-images and the pursuit of dreams or to spur social activism.

A Note about Craft:

Gutierrez uses short, rhyming phrases to encourage action. Verbs dominate the text: dare, dream, aspire, inspire, see, speak, sing, dance, lend a hand, and more.

Gutierrez also leaves a lot of room for the illustrator. I especially appreciated the phrase, “Dare to do what hasn’t been done,” accompanied by an illustration of several children in a cardboard “boat” exploring the world. And nowhere does the text state “save the environment”, but the illustrations add that layer to the book.

Learn more about the author and illustrator of Dare.

This Perfect Picture Book entry is being added to Susanna Hill’s Perfect Picture Book list. Check out the other great picture books featured there!

12 responses to “PPBF – Dare

  1. Sounds like a wonderful, inspiring book for children — and adults! I love the idea of the cardboard boat, and encouraging kids to do what hasn’t been done. Wonderful concept, looking forward to reading it!

  2. I’m curious if the author and illustrator were able to work together to combine their visions for this book. Also, I clicked on the link for the book trailer, and love the incredibly happy children that showcase the many ways to dare. This is truly a book to share in classrooms. Great choice!

  3. I’m feeling the need for inspiration this morning, so thank you! This looks like a great book!

  4. Patricia, I am sensing a theme between you and Joanna! Great books to read together! I haven’t seen this one, but I will try to find it. Thank you for highlighting it.

  5. What a great concept (and title) for a PB. Excellent choice!

  6. Matches the theme of Women’s History Month! Glad to see this picture book available. I love books that encourage kids to take action and make their world better place to live in.

    • We need to empower kids to take action now more than ever. I’m always so happy to find a picture book that encourages action on many fronts, as Dare does.

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