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Children’s Book Week 2015 #storylines: Laurie Ann Thompson

May 10, 2015

The 96th annual Children’s Book Week is winding down. We're celebrating with #storylines, a series of inspiring and uplifting quotations from children’s literature new and old! The series has run through Children’s Book Week here on the CBC website and Twitter.

Our final quote is by Ghanaian athlete and activist Emmanuel Ofosu Yeboah, via Laurie Ann Thompson’s picture-book biography, Emmanuel’s Dream (Schwartz & Wade/Random House Children’s Books, 2015):


See other quotes in the series, and share your favorites!
Quote #1: Frances Hodgson Burnett, A Little Princess
Quote #2: Cece Bell, El Deafo
Quote #3: Norton Juster, The Phantom Tollbooth
Quote #4: Sharon Draper, Out of My Mind
Quote #5: A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh
Quote #6: Katherine Rundell, Rooftoppers
Quote #7: John Green, Paper Towns
Quote #8: Malala Yousafzai, I Am Malala
Quote #9: Neil Gaiman, Coraline
Quote #10: E. Lockhart, We Were Liars
Quote #11: E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web
Quote #12: Jenny Han, The Summer I Turned Pretty
Quote #13: David Levithan, The Realm of Possibility
Quote #14: Louise Fitzhugh, Harriet the Spy
Quote #15: Gene Luen Yang, The Shadow Hero
Quote #16: Kate DiCamillo, Flora & Ulysses
Quote #17: Ned Vizzini, The Other Normals
Quote #18: Shaun Tan, The Lost Thing
Quote #19: Andrea Beaty, Rosie Revere, Engineer
Quote #20: Walter Dean Myers, Carmen
Quote #21: Holly Goldberg Sloan, Counting by 7s
Quote #22: Roald Dahl, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Quote #23: Grace Lin, Where the Mountain Meets the Moon
Quote #24: Kate Milford, Greenglass House
Quote #25: Matt de la Peña, Last Stop on Market Street
Quote #26: Rebecca Stead, When You Reach Me
Quote #27: Allen Say, Grandfather’s Journey
Quote #28: Janet Wong, The Poetry Friday Anthology
Quote #29: Maurice Sendak, Where the Wild Things Are
Quote #30: Cynthia Leitich Smith, Eternal
Quote #31: Leila Sales, This Song Will Save Your Life
Quote #32: Kwame Alexander, The Crossover
Quote #33: Ellen Oh, The Prophecy

About Children’s Book Week

Established in 1919, Children’s Book Week is the annual celebration of books for young people and the joy of reading, and the longest-running nationwide literacy initiative in the country. Learn more at

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