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Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be?

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A timeless and visually stunning story that will inspire the boundless potential within readers of all ages.

Discovering one’s true calling is no easy feat, and it is a process undertaken by children and adults alike. Four young friends are gazing into individual mirrors, examining the reflections of what may come. A baker, an aviator, an artist, and a scientist, the four progress through the story while developing their individual skills and desires. Though it is not always easy and time moves ever onward, perseverance and tenacity guide these children to the boundless potential within each of them.


This beautifully designed picture book is stunning before the book even opens. Watercolor illustrations depict the wonder and possibility inherent in children as they investigate their dreams. The four friends reflect a variety of skin tones, reinforcing the message that people of all backgrounds have the potential to succeed. Soft greens, blues, purples, and reds color the images, each one a dynamic and detailed treat for the eye. Readers of all ages will appreciate the thoughtful design of every page and the elegant balance struck between the text and the accompanying visuals.


Written in rhyme, only a handful of words and phrases are found on each page. Though the meter is not always consistent, occasional passages are presented so well they are a joy to read aloud. Varying font sizes, colors, and placement give the text a fluid and elegant presentation that pairs beautifully with the illustrations and promotes textual awareness in young readers. Encouraging readers of all ages to continue pursuing their ambitions even, and especially when challenges arise, the inspirational message of boundless potential is ubiquitous.


At the end, readers will find pages of potential career paths and an accompanying activity to reinforce the possibilities ahead of them. A note from the author speaks to the child within readers of every age as the search for one’s true calling does not end in youth. Well suited to be read aloud both in a classroom and a home setting, this lovely story is one that will be enjoyed throughout the years for its important and timeless message.

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Synopsis



Have You Ever Wondered What You Will Be? is a joyful exploration of this universal question that children often get asked. From dreaming of becoming an author, a programmer, or a teacher to daring to become a pilot, a marine biologist, or a doctor, this book presents an array of career choices for our future bright sparks to consider.

Featuring children of different races and embracing diversity and inclusivity in every page, this book celebrates big dreams and even bigger possibilities for everyone from age 6 to 106.

With exuberant rhymes and a timeless message of hope and encouragement, this book is perfect for any child with a dream or for any reader—young or adult—that contemplates their place in the universe and the bright futures they have ahead of them.

Gorgeously illustrated with whimsical artwork, this book would make the ideal gift for celebrating life’s milestones such as a graduation or a birthday, or for anyone who’s about to embark on a new chapter in their lives.

To those who dare to dream and follow their dreams with the exuberance of a child, no matter what phase in life you are in right now, this book is for you.

About the author

My name is Junia Wonders. There are two things in this world that I love doing the most: writing and reading children’s stories. I'm prone to woolgathering, scribbling, and indulging in sweets. I hope you enjoy reading my books as much as I enjoy writing them. Come and say hello on juniawonders.com. view profile

Published on June 24, 2021

0-1000 words

Genre: Children's

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