My Dream Playground

My Dream Playground Cover

My Dream Playground

By Kate Becker; Jed Henry (Illustrator)

Candlewick Press (MA), Hardcover, 9780763655310, 32pp.

Publication Date: August 6, 2013

A resourceful little girl with big ideas becomes a key part of the team when a community of family, friends, and neighbors builds a playground.
Right now there is just an empty lot down the street, but this little girl dreams that one day there will be a playground a real playground, a fun playground right in her own neighborhood. When she sees a man measuring the empty lot, she's sure that he's there to help make her playground dream come true. And he is Inspired by the real story of the first-ever playground built by KaBOOM , a national nonprofit that has helped build more than two thousand play spaces across the country, here is the tale of how a determined young girl, with the help of her family, friends, and community, makes her dreams of a playground in her own neighborhood a reality.

About the Author

Jed Henry has always had an affinity for animals. As a child, he preferred zoos to museums, and Shark Week was more fun than Christmas. Now that he s mostly grown up, Jed still loves animals. His favorite critters are his two little girls, who are about as wild as they come. Jed Henry has published with many publishers including Harper Collins, Simon and Schuster, and Penguin. He illustrated the NYT Bestselling Can'tWait Till Christmas, written by Mike Huckabee, published in October2010. In February 2011, he published Picka Pup by Marsha Wilson Chall with Margaret K. McElderry Books.Jed lives by the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, in Provo, Utah.This ishis first book with Houghton Mifflin. Visit Jed Henry's blog at http: // and while your on the web, visit his official website, too, at