I Want to Be…. by Ruby Brown


i want to be a lion tamer i want to be an astronaught

I Want to Be a Lion Tamer…
I Want to Be an Astronaut…
Author: Ruby Brown
Illustrator: Alisa Coburn
Published 2015 by Kane Miller Publishing

Summary: What do I want to be when I grow up? When I grow up, I can be anything I want to be! A vet? A dog walker? A lion tamer? A spy? An astronaut? A deep-sea diver?

Kellee’s Review: The thing I loved the most about these books was the lesson that readers will take away: You can be anything you want when you grown up! From a young age we really need to be teaching kids to have dreams and do what they can to reach them, and part of having a dream is knowing what a job entails. These books are a very nice introduction to a bunch of different jobs and would be a great jumping off point to talk to kids of a very young age about what they want to be when they grow up and what that job is like. I also liked the illustrations so much! Coburn’s illustrations are so colorful and lively–they take Brown’s words of a kid’s imagination and brings them to life. 

Ricki’s Review: I’ve read these books dozens of times with my two-year-old son. He may be a bit young to understand the concepts of the books, but he loves the pictures! I am happy to have them because I know I will be able to use them in the future to teach him that he can be anything he wants to be. I could see these books being great to use during job fairs and job talks. I’d even use these with high schoolers to get them in the mindset that they can be anything they want to be. I particularly enjoyed the diversity of jobs featured in the books. These are a great resource for teachers.

Teachers’ Tools for Navigation: The I Want to Be books can be used as a read aloud to begin a discussion of different types of careers and what students want to be when they grow up. You can use this time to talk about goals, how to reach them, and maybe even do a small research project where students find what the job they are interested in includes. Students can then use this information to write a 3 sentence poem following Ruby Brown’s style explaining their dream job.

Discussion Questions: What do you want to be when you grow up? What are the pros and cons of different jobs? How might you group jobs into categories?

We Flagged: “When I grow up, I want to be…

A marine biologist.
I’ll work at an aquarium with lots of fish.
I’ll study animals and plant life from the sea.
And I’ll even discover a new type of sea creature.

An archaeologist.
I’ll excavate ancient tombs and old cities.
I’ll discover artifacts that are very old.
And I’ll study them and unlock secrets from the past.”

Read This If You Loved: Interstellar Cinderella by Deborah Underwood, The Most Magnificent Thing by Ashley Spire
(Both of these books are ladders up from the I Want to Be… books.); When I Grow Up by Mercer Mayer, The Berenstain Bears: Jobs Around Town by Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain

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**Thank you to Lynn at Kane Miller Books for providing copies for review!**

1 thought on “I Want to Be…. by Ruby Brown”

  1. Hmmm…I feel like a few parents could benefit from reading books like this, too – unfortunately not all children are encouraged to pursue their interests. 🙁


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