Dream Street

Random/Anne Schwartz. Sept. 2021. 32p. Tr $17.99. ISBN 9780525581109.
K-Gr 3–Meet the residents of Dream Street—the best street in the world—in this uplifting, joyful picture book that celebrates the power of possibility. Each spread introduces readers to one of the Dream Street locals, such as Mr. Sidney, a man reading the newspaper on his stoop while “dressed to the nines.” Azaria, meanwhile, is the undisputed Double Dutch queen of the neighborhood, while Zion travels the world through his library books. The collage illustrations, made with found and created papers, fabric, and acrylic paints, capture the individuality and personality of each Dream Street dweller, all of whom are Black. The story’s conclusion emphasizes the world of opportunity and adventure that awaits the children of the neighborhood. Reallife cousins Walker and Holmes provide a note about the inspirations behind the story.
VERDICT This celebratory series of vignettes that becomes so much more than the sum of its parts overflows with Black joy and is an invaluable addition to all collections.

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