This post is in partnership with Disney Book Group, however all thoughts are my own.
Have you ever considered how your actions affect other people? From small to large decisions, every day we have the ability to inspire. The ripple effect of small moments that lead to even bigger things is explored in Mo Willems’ latest book, Because. Vibrant illustrations from Amber Ren really bring that idea to life.
Because sometimes it’s the smallest moments that have the biggest impact.
Mo Willems, a number one New York Times best-selling author and illustrator, composes a powerful symphony of chance, discovery, persistence, and magic in this moving tale of a young girl’s journey to center stage. Illustrator Amber Ren brings Willems’ music to life, conducting a stunning picture-book debut.
Last week my youngest son, Wesley, was feeling under the weather with a cough and a slight fever. We recently received Because in the mail and it was the perfect book for his older brother Lucian to read with him. This book centers around how other people’s actions, big and small, are what inspires a young girl to pursue a career in music. From one chance night at the orchestra for one little girl to the performance of her own composition years later, this story will carry your child through a beautifully illustrated timeline of discovery, passion and hard work.
Included in the front cover of the book is Symphony no. in B-minor by Franz Shubert and in the back cover is The Cold by Hilary Purrington which we assumed was composed by the main character. Lucian has been playing piano for almost seven years and played this song for us because of this book. Wesley looks up to his big brother and always wants to play the piano because he hears him practicing all the time and also wants to also be able to make beautiful music.
Because I was raised with a mom who was constantly trying new recipes, I grew up to love it as well. She loved being in the kitchen and she taught me so much. Why eat the same things over and over again when you can try something different? I now love to experiment with new foods and ingredients. This lead me to blog about my own adventures in the kitchen and to create new recipes for my family. She didn’t know it at the time, but she inspired me to pursue what I love.
Sharing your own passions and letting your children explore is a great way to inspire. But it is also the little things that people do every day that can unknowingly have a big impact.
Mo Willems dedicated this book to Peanuts comic strip creator, Charles M. Schulz, his BECAUSE.
Who is your BECAUSE? Who has inspired you?
Because was published on March 5th. Be sure to pick up your copy, now available at stores nationwide including Amazon!