Dream Boats

Dream Boats - Dan Bar-el - CopyIllustrated by Kirsti Anne Wakelin

Where do children go when they close their eyes to sleep? They step onto their dreamboats and sail toward adventure.

From Maiqui in the Andes floating through the constellations, to Aljuu paddling along the shores of Haida Gwaii with Eagle, Orca and Black Bear, to Ivan sailing into St. Petersburg, then sneaking between the bony legs of Baba Yaga, stories and memories lead them on.

Dream Boats take readers into the dreams of children around the world, dreams that are filled with family and legends, culture and love. Written in lyrical prose by Dan Bar-el with gorgeous art by Kirsti Anne Wakelin, this is a book to be treasured by generations of dreamers.

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Shortlisted for:

  • Chocolate Lily Award 2014-2015

“Best of” Lists:

  • Huffington Post Best Picture Books of 2013
  • Canadian Toy Testing Council 2014 Award Winning Books List
  • Reading Rainbow – 15 First Picture Book Gift Ideas for Children’s Book Week
  • CCBC Best Books for Kids & Teens 2013

“This is a gorgeous bedtime book. Bar-el’s poetic prose sweeps the reader along on the swish of the water  and the wind that vaults the boats aloft.” Starred Review

Quill & Quire, April, 2013

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“This is a gorgeously illustrated book which offers readers the opportunity to ‘float’ into the richly-embroidered dreams of children from different lands and varying traditions.” Recommended

The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, Vol. 3, No. 2

“And oh, yes, speaking of the pictures: They. Are. Incredible.”

The Book Wars, April 18, 2014

“This is a truly remarkable book! Captivating, it comprises a feast of double-page illustrations of outstanding quality, and prose of powerfully poetic strength. “

School Library Journal

PRINTS OF THE ILLUSTRATIONS FROM DREAM BOATS CAN BE PURCHASED DIRECTLY FROM THE ILLUSTRATOR, KIRSTI ANNE WAKELIN. CLICK HERE

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