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Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

Written and illustrated by Christy Hale


on cup
stacking up,
smaller, smaller,
and growing taller!

Children building—
Concrete poetry—

Pair them with notable structures from around the world and see children’s constructions taken to the level of architectural treasures.

Here is a unique celebration of children’s playtime explorations and the surprising ways childhood experiences find expression in the dreams and works of innovative architects.

Come be inspired to play—dream—build—discover!

Booktalk with author/illustrator Christy Hale

Teacher's Guide

For Teachers: Visit Christy Hale's site for Dreaming Up downloadable classroom activities!

Read Christy Hale's interview with Horn Book here.

Read Christy Hale's interview on Annemarie O'Brien's World Reads here.

Check out Christy Hale's Boston Globe Horn Book Acceptance Speech

Children's and Young Adult Book Award Honor
International Reading Association (IRA)

2012 California Book Award

Read! Build! Play! Summer Reading list of Books that Inspire Play

Nonfiction Honor Winner
Boston Globe-Horn Book Award

Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)

More awards...
Interest Level
Grades PreK - 3
Reading Level
Grades 1 - 2
Games & Toys, Imagination, Poetry, Comparisons/Opposites
About the Creators

Christy Hale is the author and illustrator of The East-West House: Noguchi’s Childhood in Japan, a Kirkus Reviews Best Books of the Year selection. She has also illustrated several award-winning picture books, including Elizabeti’s Doll and its two sequels. As an art educator, Hale has written about artists for Instructor magazine’s Masterpiece of the Month feature and workshops. Hale lives with her family in Palo Alto, California. Visit her online at christyhale.com.

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