Ready to Dream

Ready to Dream

By Donna Jo Napoli; Elena Furrow; Bronwyn Bancroft (Illustrator)

Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, Hardcover, 9781599900490, 32pp.

Publication Date: January 6, 2009


With the power of creativity comes the ability to dream big . . .
Ally and her mother are visiting Australia for the summer, and she can't wait to start drawing all the new animals that she'll see. But when Ally meets Pauline, an Aboriginal woman who's also an artist, she learns that art isn't always created with just paper and paints, and that mistakes are actually happy accidents. Donna Jo Napoli and her daughter were inspired to write this story after spending many summers in Australia, and Aboriginal artist Bronwyn Bancroft's dynamic illustrations bring to life this inspiring story about creativity and imagination.

About the Author
Donna Jo Napoli is the acclaimed and award-winning author of many novels, both fantasies and contemporary stories. She won the Golden Kite Award for "Stones in Water" in 1997. Her novel "Zel" was named an American Bookseller Pick of the Lists, a Publishers Weekly Best Book, a Bulletin Blue Ribbon, and a School Library Journal Best Book, and a number of her novels have been selected as ALA Best Books. She isa professor of linguisticsat Swarthmore College in Pennsylvania, where she lives with her husband. Visit her at