Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels
- Age: 0 to 5
- Grade: p to k
With a quiet compassion for the natural world, a father and daughter explore the meaning of beauty. Land bound sundees turn into highflying butterflies, and gentle, but endangered Chiru snuggle into their warm shahtooshi. As the father lays his Little One to bed, she is filled with a renewed sense of love and respect for the Earth and all living things, including herself. A timeless addition, this soothing lullaby will inspire many dreams of hope for little ones. Consider as a gift for new beginnings.
About the authors
Navjot Kaur is the trailblazer behind Saffron Press - a socially conscious, small independent press, creating stories to inspire little citizens of change. She is a daughter of immigrants, sister to five siblings and cisgender Mum. Navjot has been advocating for greater equity and representation of the Sikh identity in children's literature for over a decade, through her books and professional facilitation sessions with school districts and undergraduate students. Throughout her years as a classroom teacher, Navjot strived to explore curriculum through an antibias antiracist lens, especially when amplifying issues of social justice with young persons. She continues that work, now as a publisher and author of three titles, with her first A Lion's Mane winning an Honor Books Award for Multicultural and International Awareness.
Navjot resides with gratitude on the traditional territory of the Mississauga of Scugog Island First Nation, (Whitby, Ontario) with a mighty leader in Equity and their gentle warrior of change.
A beautiful bedtime story told from a father to a daughter and celebrating Sikh culture. Notable is the fact that this is one of the very few picture books I have seen with a father wearing a turban - a wonderful and necessary thing for all children to see in their literature. There is a glossary for the Punjabi words used in the book included in the back matter, as well as a space for families to write their own dreams of hope if the book is purchased as a keepsake.
Highly recommended for library collections serving ages 4-8.
- Kate Olson, Goodreads/mindful.librarian
Dreams of Hope A Bedtime Lullaby by Navot Kaur is an amazing bedtime story that introduces new vocabulary and a great way to teach glossary skills to young readers. The new vocabulary words are originally highlighted in a unique way to prompt quick glossary look up. There is also a Dreams of Hope letter page to personalize the book and make it just for your little one. And the map at the end of the book is beautiful.