Book review: My dream playground; 3 out of 5 stars #bookaday

My dream playground book coverby Kate M. Becker; illustrated by Jed Henry
Picture book
Young Hoosier Book Award nominee, 2015-2016
Interest level: K-3
Reading level: 3.9
3 out of 5 stars

My Dream Playground features a young girl who dreams of someday having a place to play in her urban neighborhood. There is a vacant lot across the street, and she likes to draw pictures that feature what her dream playground would look like. One day, an architect appears and she runs across the street to talk to him. He is there to build a playground, and not only listens to the young girl, but makes her the project manager. The neighborhood comes together and transforms a vacant lot into the girl’s dream.

This story is based on a real-life encounter between a young girl named Ashley and Darell Hammond, who founded KaBOOM!, a national nonprofit dedicated to providing opportunities for children, especially those living in poverty, to play. This is a nice story that can show children who do not live in an urban setting what that life would be like for a child living in a big city.

KaBOOM! has a Web site with more information (, but there is not a section geared to young children.

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