Ladybug Nominee

Someone Builds the Dream by Lisa Wheeler and Loren Long (Dial Books for Young Readers, 2021)

Buildings, bridges, and books don't exist without the workers who are often invisible in the final product, as this joyous and profound picture book reveals.

An eye-opening exploration of the many types of work that go into building our world--from the making of a bridge to a wind farm, an amusement park, and even the very picture book that you are reading. An architect may dream up the plans for a house, but someone has to actually work the saws and pound the nails. This book is a thank-you to the skilled women and men who work tirelessly to see  dreams brought to life.

About Lisa Wheeler

Lisa Wheeler grew up in a family of steel workers and welders. She is the author of many books including the past Ladybug nominees Ugly Pie (2011) and One Dark Night (2004). She lives near Detroit, Michigan.  Her website is https://www.lisawheelerbooks.com/

About Loren Long

Loren Long is the author and illustrator of the New York Times bestselling Otis picture books, the first of which was nominated for the Ladybug Picture Book Award in 2010. He has also illustrated several other previous Ladybug nominees, including the 2022 nominee Change Sings. The Otis series has been developed as an animated television series, Get Rolling With Otis, on Apple TV, which Long executive produced. Learn more at https://lorenlong.com/#about 

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This is one of ten titles nominated for the 2022 Ladybug Picture Book Award.

We will be posting information about a different nominee each Friday throughout the summer and will issue a pdf voters guide featuring all ten titles at Labor Day.

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