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Little People, Big Dreams
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If you haven’t heard of best-selling children’s book series, Little People, Big Dreams, you soon will. The appeal of the books is instant. Little people with big visions of how the world ought to be; little boys and girls who dared to dream…
 

Fifi & Friends sat down with the author, Maria Isabel Sanchez Vegara to discuss the series and the importance of reading to little ones.

Encouraging Resilience

It’s widely known that reading to children is extremely beneficial. Not only is it important for their academic development, it is also vital for them to learn about inspiring figures who overcame hardships and challenges, because it teaches them about resilience. Vegara explains how her series, Little People, Big Dreams, aims to give kids the strength and the courage to believe in themselves. She adds, “Children love reading true stories about other children achieving great things.”

Vegara’s goal is to give children the message that “by working hard, dreaming big and being true to themselves, they can achieve anything.” Little People, Big Dreams transcends stereotypes and genders. It’s about being “true to yourself and you ‘ll do fine.”

When asked her top tips in encouraging children to read more, the author replies matter of factly that parents need to lead by example. As obvious as this sounds, it’s proven that children of keen reader growing up in houses with a higher number of books, have a higher rate of literacy and numeracy.

Real Heroines

It may seem like the popularity of Little People, Big Dreams exploded overnight, but Isabel’s entrance into publishing wasn’t a fluke; it was a career choice. The author describes it as a “life career” that began seven years ago, when she finally published her first book. As a Creative Director, she successfully balances her creativity with a keen awareness of current and trending topics.In October of 2018, Vegara had the honor of meeting a real life heroine, the English primatologist and anthropologist, Jane Goodall, following the publishing of her story. She confided, “I always feel clumsy in front of someone I admire as much as I admire her. She signed one of my books and wrote ‘thank you for helping to spread my message.’” The author was understandably “over the moon” with such a heartfelt dedication from one of her favorite subjects.

Challenging Stereotypes 

Little People, Big Dreams may feature several women in the series. However, it was never intended to be exclusively about women. David Bowie, Bruce Lee and Rudolf Nureyev are just a few of the inspiring male figures that will also feature in this year’s newly published titles, following Muhammad Ali and Stephen Hawking published earlier this year. Vegara observed, “Girls and boys are constantly challenging the stereotypes that define them in the simplest and dumbest way. Do all girls like purple? Do all boys like trucks?”.

Vegara believes stereotypes don’t define us. “A stereotype is not who you are. We are all unique and impossible to categorise, like Rudolf, the boy who liked ballet better than hockey.” These stereotypes, especially when it comes to gender are “obviously too simplistic; most of us is not all of us.” Luckily, today’s youth explores the subject with new eyes encouraging inclusion rather than exclusion.

 

To learn more about the series, Little People, Big Dreams and the author’s latest titles, please visit her Instagram page: @mariaisabelsanchezvegara.

 

Simone Baret
@lamaisonfolle
Managing Editor at BambiniFashion.com
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