I just love the magical nature of a child’s mind. My daughters are two and almost four, and when I walk in the door at the end of the day, I am immediately transported into a world of unicorns, princesses, rainbows, and singing animals. It can take me a bit of time to make the initial adjustment into the world of imagination, but once I am there, I’m so grateful.
That is the beauty and joy that all of us who have the privilege of working with children experience. They are innately dreamers, but sometimes, somewhere along the way toward adulthood our link between reality and curiosity becomes blurred.
Here at Book Trust, we have the tremendous opportunity to reconnect each day with that child’s curious mind. Over the past couple of months, our team has been having “Calling all Dreamers” meetings. This is a space where all things are possible and a time for all staff to explore and imagine where “we” as an organization can go and what kind of impact we can make.
These weekly exercises have been an essential part of our Strategic Planning process as we work to outline the next five years of our work. As we go through this important exercise, our students are our inspiration.
Paulo Coehlo, author of one of my favorite novels, The Alchemist, shares what I so deeply believe, that our children are our greatest teachers when he writes, “A child can teach an adult three things: to be happy for no reason, to always be curious, and to fight tirelessly for something.”
I believe this is what makes the Book Trust community so special. Not only are we working to inspire the curious minds of children, we are inspiring one another to dream, explore, and to act from our hearts.
Thank you for dreaming big with us.