As a mother and a Girl Scout Leader, I am always looking for books that I can share with the young people in my life. Books that help them navigate their way through the world and develop a sense of self are especially important. That’s why I’m very pleased to be a part of the official blog tour for Dream It & Do It by, Holly Sharp.
I am especially excited to bring you this interview with the author, Holly Sharp. Have fun reading this “meet the author” and then go out and share this book with a young person you love!
Book Title: Dream It & Do It
Author: 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.
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?”
Three time award winning author, Holly A. Sharp wants kids to become healthy adults – here is how.
Q: First things first, tell me a little about your book.
A: Holly A. Sharp: Dream It & Do It is a collection of 100 short stories that introduce kids to different career choices based on the stories of the real people who do those jobs. 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: I believe in reading as a way to be healthy and happy. You talk about how your book can help kids become happy adults, can you tell me more about that?
Holly A. Sharp: Sure, there is a great book by Child 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 chances of raising happy adults. As a mom, this is 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 had the discipline it took to be good at it were happier adults. Finding a hobby and getting good at it, especially when it isn’t easy (or popular) are key traits that carry over into adulthood. 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 does your book help kids do this?
A: Holly A. Sharp: My book suggests 100 different things that kids could become interested in. My hope is that kids use the role models or suggested activities to find something that they are interested in. I hope that kids and parents will use this book together as a bedtime story or as discussion at the dinner table. 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.
Q: With distance learning becoming the new normal, can your book be used to help parents support learning in that way as well?
A: Holly A. Sharp: Of course! In fact, 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 kind of people can kids learn about?
Holly A. Sharp: I focused first on diversity. Diversity of race, sex and income. I wanted every kid possible to be able to see themselves in this book. Once I found the diverse group of people I wanted to write about, I was able to put them into four groups: artists, helpers, business/product development professionals and discoverers.
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
Autographed copy of DREAM IT & DO IT (USA only) (1 winner)
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