Tuesday, January 26, 2021

DREAM IT & DO IT: 100 Possibilities, Stories, and Real-Life Role Models by Holly A. Sharp (Guest Review and Giveaway!)

The perfect gift for that middle-grade student in your life...

Book Details:

Book Title: Dream it & Do It by Holly Sharp
Category: Children's Non-Fiction, 216 pages
Genre: Non-Fiction
Publisher: Dream It & Do It LLC
Release date: Nov 2020
Tour dates: Jan 6 to Jan 22, 2021
Content Rating: G

Book Description:

Dream It & Do It introduces children to a wide range of career possibilities at a young age. Readers will explore 100 stories featuring 100 role models, each one showcasing a different career choice. Dream It & Do It was recently awarded a coveted Readers’ Favorite 5-Star Review from the largest fully-accredited book review platform, 1st place for short stories (Royal Dragonfly Book Award) and a Gold Mom’s Choice Award.

"Dream It & Do It by Holly Sharp is a perfect book for young kids who want to find their place in this world and what they’d like to be when they are older.” (Readers’ Favorite).

Readers will continued to be inspired through the coordinating Activity Book wherein 100+ activities teach your child about today’s career paths. Book can be purchased as a full collection or in 3 individual volumes. Find the paperback version on and hardcover on

Book Review:
Reviewed by Lauren Carr

I wish Holly Sharp’s middle-grade non-fiction book DREAM IT & DO IT: 100 Possibilities, Stories, and Real-Life Role Models was around when I was in middle-grade. Reading the many stories in her collection of 100 stories of success took me back to my youth when I had announced to my family that I wanted to become a best-selling novelist. One of my relatives, an adult and role model snickered and said, “Stuff like that doesn’t happen to people like us.” Translation, poor farmgirls don’t grow up to write novels—at least not successfully.

That's why I felt an instant connection to Jacqueline Woodson’s story. Like me, she started out telling stories (lies) to her friends and preferred to spend time in her room reading than outside playing with her friends. Eventually, she discovered that writing lies is not lying, but rather storytelling, which grew into a successful career of writing novels. 

Ms. Sharp’s book offers real life evidence that anyone can achieve their dreams. Now, that is not to say that you should just go for it blindly—like dropping out of the eighth grade to become a clown in a circus without having been to clown school. In a letter to the dreamers at the beginning of the book, the author notes common lessons to be learned from each of the stories. It would have been easy for her to simply state “don’t give up!” That can be easier said than done. Rather, Ms. Sharp digs deeper by noting that in each of her subjects’ success stories, they didn’t just dream, they did something about it. Other common threads were to not be afraid of failure and not to allow obstacles to get in the way.

One of the aspects that I really liked about Holly Sharp’s book is that it is not filled with success stories of celebrities or billionaires. Many I had never heard of. Most have successful careers in fields that don’t make national news—like an ambulance driver or librarian or historian. DREAM IT & DO IT is not about getting rich and famous. Rather, it is about how to achieve your dreams of fulfilling your life by doing what you want to do.

I highly recommend Holly Sharp’s DREAM IT & DO IT to any young person. It would make a perfect gift to that middle-grade student in your life. It is easy to see how such Holly Sharp’s could impact an adolescent reader with dreams of being a novelist, or a cartoonist, or fashion designer, or any of the other short, quick success stories in Holly Sharp’s books. “Could I become an author? Doctor? Entrepreneur? Zoologist?” Answer: If they’re dreaming it, they can do it. 5 starts!

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Meet the Author:

Sharp spent the bulk of her career in new product development—dreaming up intuitive ideas from how to kill bugs to new ice cream forms to hit grocery shelves. A self-proclaimed problem-solver, she loves to think about the things that the world needs and figuring out how to make those things come to life. “Knowing in high school what I wanted to do with my life set me up for the right path. I wanted the same for my child and searched for books to guide her, but came up short,” Sharp said. “That’s when I thought, ‘why not write the book for my child that she needs and that will also help others?”

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