Earlier this year we met the wonderful folks at Knights Of and have been chatting back and forth and having meetings in the sun (one which featured a pram full of chihuahuas no less) over a very brilliant project, which we're excited to announce today!
We've partnered with Knights Of to publish For Every One by New York Times bestselling author Jason Reynolds! The book will be published in a special gift format and illustrated by award-winning London artist Yinka Ilori. It's out in October and available for pre-order NOW.
For Every One is just that: for every one. For every one person. For every one dream. Jason does not claim to know how to make dreams come true; he has, in fact, been fighting on the front line of his own battle to make his own dreams a reality. He expected to make it when he was sixteen. Then eighteen. Then twenty-five. Now, some of those expectations have been realised.
Jason wants kids to know that dreams take time. They involve countless struggles. But no matter how many times a dreamer gets beat down, the drive and the passion and the hope never fully extinguish—because just having the dream is the start you need, or you won’t get anywhere anyway, and that is when you have to take a leap of faith
Jason Reynolds is an Edgar Award Young Adult winner, New York Times bestselling author, a Newbery Award Honoree, a Printz Award Honoree, National Book Award Honoree, a Kirkus Award winner, a two time Walter Dean Myers Award winner, an NAACP Image Award Winner and the recipient of multiple Coretta Scott King honours. The American Booksellers Association’s 2017 spokesperson for Indies First, his many books include Long Way Down, Boy in the Black Suit and the Track series.
We're very much looking forward to bringing Jason's inspirational poem to as many people as possible, and chuffed Knights Of thought of us for the project. They're incredible folks doing great work in children's publishing, and we highly recommend you check them out! knightsof.media
‘The origins of this book are rooted in my feeling of failure and self-doubt. I started writing it after I quit chasing my dream of writing. And over the course of three years while penning this, it became clear to me that the gift is in the dream itself, not necessarily in the fruition of said dream. The courage it takes to have a dream . . . is the actual freedom of it all.’ - Jason.
You can hear more on For Every One here: