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Dreams and Wishes

Books can help you explore your dreams!

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It’s Time to Sleep, It’s Time to Dream by David A. Adler

Nighttime has come; it's time for bed. It's time to dream of soft spring breezes, sand castles and seagulls, pumpkins, and mittens in this book about a child's winsome dreams during the four seasons.

Reading Level: You can

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Me and You by Geneviève Côté

A rabbit and a pig wish they had a feature of the other

Reading Level: Preschool - Kindergarten

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I can be anything  by Jerry Spinelli

“When I grow up, what shall I be?” The little boys wonders what job would fit him best, should he be paper plane folder or perhaps pumpkin grower? Of all of these which one would you like to be?

Reading Level: Preschool to Grade 1

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LMNO peas by Keith Baker

Busy little peas introduce their favorite occupations, from astronaut to zoologist.

Reading Level: Preschool to Grade 1

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Snail's Birthday Wish by Fiona Rempt

Snail's friends conspire to make his birthday wish come true

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 2

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Sylvester and the Magic Pebble by William Steig

Sylvester finds a magic pebble that grants wishes

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 2

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A Sea-Wishing Day by Robert Heidbreder

A boy makes a wish and uses his imagination to sail with pirates

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 2

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Fish Had a Wish by Michael Garland

A fish wishes to be other animals

Reading Level: Preschool - Grade 3

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I Wish That I Had Duck Feet by Theo LeSieg

A boy wishes for duck feet and other features

Reading Level: Grades K and up

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Caged Birds of Phnom Penh  by Frederick Lipp

In Cambodia, there is a tradition that releasing a bird will allow it to take your wishes to the sky and fufil them

Reading Level: Grades 1-3

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Wish: Wishing Traditions Around the World by Roseanne Thong

Different ways to make a wish around the world

Reading Level: Grades 2 and up

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Honestly Mallory  by Laurie Friedman

Mallory can’t figure out what she wants to be for career day. She decides on being on a fashion designer but when some of her classmates start to laugh at her, Mallory blurts out a lie that will have some big consequences.

Reading Level: Grades 2-4

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Dreamquest by Brent Hartinger

With her parents fighting all the time, eleven-year-old Julie has nightmares every night, until she wakes up inside the studio where her dreams are produced, and she must find the person responsible before she is trapped inside her dreams forever.

Reading Level: Grades 3-5

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Night Garden: Poems from the World of Dreams by Janet S. Wong

A collection of poems describing a variety of dreams, some familiar, some strange, some beautiful, and some on the darker side.

Reading Level: Grades 3-6

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Dreams: Mind Movies of the Night  by Mary Herd Tull

Examines, in a question and answer format, the scientific and cultural aspects of dreams, including such topics as the physiological reasons for dreams, the connection between dreams and religion, and the dream life of animals.

Reading Level: Grades 3-8

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Gossamer by Lois Lowry

While learning to bestow dreams, a young dream giver tries to save an eight-year-old boy from the effects of both his abusive past and the nightmares inflicted on him by the frightening Sinisteeds.

Reading Level: Grades 4-7

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The Dream Stealer by Sid Fleischman

A plucky Mexican girl tries to recover her dream from the Dream Stealer who takes her to his castle where countless dreams and even more adventures await.

Reading Level: Grades 4-8

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Dreams by Stuart A. Kallen

Dreams investigates the science, symbolism, and supernatural phenomenon associated with dreams and explains how these phenomena have affected cultures and society throughout the centuries.

Reading Level: Grades 4-8

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Seeing Red by Anne Louise MacDonald

Average, normal, fourteen-year-old Frankie Uccello learns that he is not so average after all when he discovers he can dream the future, but when he dreams of his best friend in danger, Frankie is not sure he can save him.

Reading Level: Grades 5-8

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Witch Dreams by Vivian Vande Velde

Sixteen-year-old Nyssa uses her ability to see into people's dreams to discover who murdered her parents six years ago.

Reading Level: Grades 6-9

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The Dream Book: A Young Person’s Guide to Understanding Dreams by Patricia Garfield

World-renowned dream expert Patricia Garfield has gathered together the common types of dreams - dreams of being chased, of unfinished homework, of falling, and even of being undressed in the most awkward places - and helps young people analyze their dream lives. She gives excellent suggestions to help young readers remember, understand, and even have control over their dreams, so that they become a source of insight.

Reading Level: Grades 7 and up