“What do you want to be when you grow up?” This, of course, is a question anyone who has mastered childhood is familiar with. Kane Miller’s fun board book, I Want to Be an Astronaut (written by Ruby Brown and Alisa Coburn), brings a touch of imagination and creativity to this oh-so-familiar question.
Two kids, a boy and a girl, take turns daydreaming about what they might want to be when they grow up. On the first page of the book, we find them sitting in their living room with a cardboard box, scissors, and tape. On each subsequent page, one of the kids is in a new landscape – driving around a seaside bend, swinging over a crocodile-filled swamp, flying over a volcano in a hot air balloon – as they imagine a different vocation.
I’m a big fan of books that encourage (or even teach) imaginative play, so this book is a winner for me! It suggests thinking outside of the box, but it does so with that focus on dreaming about the future, not pushing to get there today. The story ends back in the living room, where the cardboard box is now adorned with paper plates and strips of tape, with cardboard cuttings strewn around the floor. The narration finishes, “I can be any of these things when I grow up. But I don’t need to decide just yet. I can just dream of having big adventures.”
It’s that book that suggests open windows for the future by encouraging creative play today.
Buy I Want to Be an Astronaut here! ($8.99, board book)
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Hi there! I'm Christine - Usborne Books & More independent consultant, kids' book fan, English teacher, mom of two boys.