An Awesome Book, by Dallas Clayton, has a simple message – don’t give up on your dreams.  It is one of those books that creeps in to your heart and stays there for a good long time.  With delightfully imperfect illustrations (also done by Clayton) and great rhythmic prose, An Awesome Book became an instant favorite with my three year old son.

But don’t let the fact that it’s a children’s book fool you – An Awesome Book is full of messages that any grown-up would be remiss to forget.  This book is full of life lessons and gentle reminders that life is about more than “matching silverware” and “telephones.”

The very best thing about An Awesome Book is it’s author, Dallas Clayton.  Inspired to write this book for his son, Dallas published the book independently and toured the country to promote it.  He even offers the entire book online for free, for folks who don’t have the resources to buy the book.  This book, and the story behind it, is truly a dream.


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  • Kathryn

    I just went to the link- what an true inspiration. I just ordered three copies. This guy is awesome and so is his story! Thanks for the post!

  • Chenin,
    I love your site! This book is just a proof of why I keep coming back. Fudge Banana Swirl is going to be my Christmas shopping resource this coming year and this book is being purchased for my third grade classroom as well as my almost 1 year old son.
    Thanks so being awesome Chenin!