Dreaming Up: A Celebration of Building

Written and illustrated by Christy Hale

Hardcover: $18.95

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!

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

Check out the educator activities for Dreaming Up, a title featured in RIF’s Multicultural Book Collections. To find other free activities that inspire young readers as well as learn more about Reading Is Fundamental, visit us at

Read Christy Hale's interview with Horn Book here.

Teach about design, building, and architecture with Dreaming Up.

Christy Hale talks about creating children's books here.

About the Creators

Thumb_thumb Christy Hale - Author, Illustrator

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

About This Title


Hardcover: 9781600606519


Boston Globe-Horn Book Award Winner
The Boston Globe/ The Horn Book Magazine

Horn Book Magazine

Starred Review
Horn Book Magazine

Best Children's Books of the Year
Bank Street College of Education

Starred Review
Kirkus Reviews

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

Notable Children's Book
American Library Association (ALA)

Armadillo Readers' Choice Award Nominee
Round Rock Independent School District

Eureka! Award
California Reading Association

Kentucky Bluegrass Master List

Monarch Award Master List
Illinois School Library Media Association

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

Silver Bells Honor List
Colorado Libraries for Early Literacy Bell Picture Book Award

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Guided Reading:




Interest Level:

Grades PreK - 5

Reading Level:

Grades 1 - 2


Comparing/Classifying/Measuring, Nonfiction, Classroom Activities, Similarities and Differences, Poetry, Occupations, Multiethnic interest, Imagination, Games/Toys, Dreams & Aspirations, Cultural Diversity, Childhood Experiences and Memories, Beginning Concepts, Art, How To, Informational Text, Optimism/Enthusiasm, Self Control/Self Regulation

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