Meet the Dream Keepers!
Inspire a Love for Learning
Author and Illustrator Visit with April Hartmann
Nurture a Growth Mindset in Your Students
Author and illustrator, April Hartmann is now scheduling school visits to present her inspiring children's book, along with an interactive art demo. The Dream Keepers is a story about what it takes to make a dream come true, and the school presentation will help kids develop strategies for achieving any goal. It's motivational, educational and teaches a growth mindset with two main characters, Happy Thoughts and Hard Work. Grades K-5 will all be entertained and inspired. Yes, your big kids will especially enjoy this useful and energetic experience! Imagining their very own Dream Keepers will build habits for positive self-talk and self-discipline, essential for success throughout life. Please fill out the contact form below to inquire about rates and schedule your visit.
Learn about Character, Action, and Setting.
Take part in the illustration process.
See growth mindset in action as I "struggle" with our interactive art demo and rely on The Dream Keepers volunteers to help me out.
Apply Happy Thoughts and Hard Work to their own goals and build habits for persistence and positivity.
Classroom/library - up to 60 students
Auditorium/Gym - up to 300 students
Spark an Imagination
for Creative Problem-Solving
A Professional Artist and More
April Hartmann is an illustrator, designer, writer and professional speaker. Her artwork is featured in kids’ magazines, on posters, toys and retail packaging, and she has illustrated many books for children.
A Growth Mindset Starts Here
Ms. Hartmann is proud to be a trailblazer in the field of growth mindset education. As the founder of “My Little Growing Mindset,” she has created an entire resource to nurture growth mindset in children ages 0-5, with an engaging website, multiple books, activities and a parenting blog. Through in-depth exploration around growth mindset research and the creation of insightful applications, her work has become a pioneering force.
April Hartmann's dedication to sharing the power of a growth mindset can be seen and heard through her presentations at schools and libraries, podcast interviews, book events and guest articles written for popular parenting websites.
Dream BIG. Set Goals. Take Action
View the Trailer!
I had the best time at Trinity South Elementary, presenting my book "The Dream Keepers" and an interactive art demo. My presentation calls for some help from the book characters “Happy Thoughts” and “Hard Work”, with students volunteering to play those roles during the art demonstration. My helpers were so fun and all the kids contributed with great ideas and enthusiasm. My goal is to inspire a growth mindset in the students, but I also find the kids' enthusiasm is so inspiring to me! Yay for author visits!
*Photos shared with permissions. 😊 Thanks, kids! You were a fantastic group and helped me so much with our drawing!*