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Topic Books about Aspirations, Dreams and Careers for Children EYFS & KS1

The Building Boy

by Ross Montgomery

The boy's grandma was a famous architect. Her garden is still full of old materials. Unwilling to accept she has gone, the boy builds a giant structure from the materials he finds. And then ... Grandma comes to life! The boy is whisked away on an epic adventure. But where is Grandma taking him?

What Do You Do With an Idea? by Kobi Yamada

This is the story of a brilliant idea and the child who helps to bring it to life. As the child's confidence grows, so does the idea itself. And then, one day, something amazing happens! A beautiful story to inspire anyone who's ever had an idea.

Audrey the Amazing Inventor 

by Rachel Valentine

Audrey wants to be an inventor, but her inventions are not entirely successful. This fun and quirky book featuring a feisty and inspiring female protagonist with an inventive mind and curious spirit, is an inspirational story about following your dreams.

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Zog and the Flying Doctors 

by Julia Donaldson

Zog has taken to the skies! No one will go without care while the flying doctors are on duty. But Princess Pearl's unconventional career path doesn't sit so well with her uncle, the king. He thinks princesses should stay in their towers and embroider cushions all day! 

Fantastically Great Women Who Changed the World

by Kate Pankhurst

Bursting full of beautiful illustrations and astounding facts, this book is the perfect introduction to a few of the incredible women who helped shaped the world we live in, including Jane Austen, Coco Chanel and Marie Curie.

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The Dot

by P​eter H. Reynolds

Vashti can’t draw - she’s no artist. To prove her point, she jabs at a blank sheet of paper to make an unremarkable and angry mark. "There!" she says. That one little dot marks the beginning of Vashti’s journey of surprise and self-discovery. A delicate fable about the creative spirit in all of us.

Iggy Peck, Architect

by Andrea Beaty

Iggy has one passion: building. His parents are proud of his fabulous creations, but when his second-grade teacher declares her dislike of architecture, Iggy faces a challenge. He loves building too much to give it up! 

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I Can Be Anything! 

by Jerry Spinelli 

When I grow up, what shall I be? This exuberant book offers up everything from a paper plane folder to a puppy dog holder. An imaginative story about hopes and dreams, and a reminder of all the possibilities life has to offer.  

When I Grow Up

by Jon Hales

Mr Dove’s class is trying to decide what to be when they grow up but Annie has some ideas of her own. Alien Hunter? Master Ice Cream Taster? President of the Universe? With a little imagination, anything is possible… 

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Stardust by Jeanna Willis

As a little girl and her grandad stare up at the stars, he tells her​ the story of the beginning of the world. Everything and everyone is made of stardust, and we all shine in different ways. It's a lesson this little girl will never forget ... and one day her dream comes true as she finally realises her ambition to become an astronaut and fly up to the stars.

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The Dreamer

by Il Sung Na

Once, there was a pig who admired birds. But he could never join them. Or could he? Thus begins the journey of a pig with big dreams, and the perseverance to make them come true....

Violet the Pilot

by Steve Breen

By the time she's two, Violet can fix nearly any appliance in the house. And by eight she's building elaborate flying machines from scratch. The kids at school tease her, but they have no idea what she's capable of...

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It's Your World Now! 

by Barry Falls

So go and play and live and learn. It's your world now, this is your turn to think and ask and make and do. The world is magic, just like you! A beautiful and funny celebration of the world and the potential of each and every child. 

I Can't Do That, YET: Growth Mindset by Esther P Cordova 

One night in a dream, a girl sees all the possible future versions of herself, discovering that she can be any of those versions with time. She develops a growth mindset throughout her journey and instead of saying "I can't do that," she learns to say "I can't do that YET!”.

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What Does Daddy Do?

by Rachel Bright

Dexter's daddy is a fireman, Rosie's daddy is a doctor, but Daisy's just not sure what her daddy does while she is at nursery. She knows he has 'mountains of paperwork to climb', and he always has to 'fly' and his boss is a dragon - but can he really be an 'explorersuperknight'? 

100 Things To Be When You Grow Up by Lisa M. Gerry

Who says adults can't have fun? This book explores 100 of the coolest, wackiest, and most amazing jobs and careers out there, from astronaut to zookeeper, ice cream taster to game maker. a great way to get kids thinking creatively about their futures!

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Girls Can Do Anything

by Caryl Hart 

Do you want to climb a mountain? Drive a fire engine? Become prime minister? Join the girls in the pages of this book to see the incredible things they do every day and find out what you might like to do, too! A picture book for every girl with a dream.

Think Big! by Kes Gray

Humpty Dumpty and his friends are discussing what they want to be when they grow up. Humpty wants to be a boiled egg, but his friends are encouraging him to think bigger! "You could be an artist!" said Little Boy Blue."Look for clues and become a detective!" said Little Bo Peep. Will Humpty think big and reach for the stars?

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