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When I Grow Up

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When I Grow Up and Faithful+Gould are delighted to announce a new partnership for 2023 which will see a collaborative approach in helping the social value initiative reach as many children as possible. Fun tale all about the unlimited future options available to kids. The illustrations have a terrific Steven Kelloggish vibe. Should appeal to both kids and grownups. Billy is in the fourth grade and can't wait for the upcoming show and tell day when he can talk about all the things he'd like to be when he grows up. His dreams aren't just limited to the typical police officer or firefighter. Billy has some very interesting dreams including giving the cows a break by milking giraffes.

It‘s amazing these stories exist. During a cleaning of St George‘s Church, a decommissioned church in Vilna, Lithuania, in 2017, a trove of hidden papers were found in the organ pipes. These were Yiddish biographies of teenagers from the late 1930‘s. They had entered a competition that was never awarded because of WWII. Of course there are no more Yiddish teenagers in Europe. The works were hidden from the Nazis and then the Soviets. Krimstein has illustrated 6. Al Yankovic's "When I Grow Up", is brilliant. It is a fun filled book full of rhyming. Billy explains all the things he wants to be when he grows up in a detailed and creative fashion. He thinks since his grandpa has done so many things that he can too. Not only does this book teach rhyming, but it also teaches children that they can be anything and teaches about relationships.


This graphic novel was beautiful, so beautiful. It carries the story of 6 teens from Poland, right before Germany invaded. The essays were part of a contest that was of course never judged because of the events that soon came after. Only rediscovered recently as they were hidden to keep them safe from getting destroyed.

Looking forward to it being out there in the wild later next week and the big plans I have for it! 🚀


I don't want to overstate the dark aspect, the shadow that hangs over it. The artwork is very good and presents the stories with humor and compassion. And the recovery and, hopefully, presentation of more of these autobiographies can only do more good than bad. But good isn't always painless. Sharing the human loss, putting human faces to the numbers, keeps the Holocaust from becoming some abstract chapter in history. Real lives, real futures were cut short or profoundly altered and we need to remember both for their sake and for our future sake, we have to remember what can happen when hatred and prejudice becomes institutionalized and government sanctioned. When I Grow Up – What do you want to be when you grow up? Some children know, some parents wish they did, but it’s always nice to read about all our options! A short book to inspire dreams of growing up and what one might be. Language and length also suitable for new readers. Another great Creative Commons book from BookDash

In When I Grow Up by Tim Minchin (3-6), illustrator Steve Antony brings exuberance and a wealth of incident to the poignant song of the same name from Matilda the Musical, to create a picture book that reflects the joy of childhood but will also make adults feel a pang. I have loved working on developing the original story and providing more opportunity for the next generation to engage with our industry!

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Poignant … Ken Krimstein's latest book sketches a powerful portrait of Eastern European Jewish youths, full of angst and optimism, on the eve of the Holocaust … Yearning is, in fact, the collection's dominant emotion. The fact that this book exists is a miracle, and the stories that are contained within it are magical, and I encourage you to read it for yourself. It's the best way to find out both.

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