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Remember to Dream, Ebere read by Cynthia Erivo


Cynthia Erivo, a Tony, Emmy, and Grammy Award winner, tells an inspirational and heartwarming story of a mom and toddler and the dreams they construct together. Cynthia shares a message of wish and opportunity in her debut picture book. It depicts a toddler’s creativity, a mother’s love, and the out-of-this-world memories they dream up together.

Cynthia is an actress, singer, songwriter, and now author. She has received numerous awards, including a Daytime Emmy Award, a Grammy Award, and a Tony Award, in addition to nominations for two Academy Awards,  two Golden Globe Awards, a Primetime Emmy Award, and a Screen Actors Guild Award.

Cynthia began acting in a 2011 production of The Umbrellas of Cherbourg. She received popularity for starring within the Broadway revival of The Color Purple. This production allowed her to win the 2016 Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical and the Grammy Award for Best Musical Theater Album. Cynthia began performing in movies in 2018, starring in movies Widows and Bad Times at the El Royale. Cynthia acquired a nomination for the Academy Award for Best Actress for her portrayal of Harriet Tubman inside the biopic Harriet (2019). She also wrote and executed the tune “Stand Up” on its soundtrack, which earned her a nomination in the Best Original Song category.


On television, Cynthia had her first position inside the British series Chewing Gum (2015). She performed in The Outsider (2020). She obtained a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited or Anthology Series or Movie for her portrayal of Aretha Franklin, an American singer, in National Geographic’s anthology series Genius: Aretha (2021).

Script:

Welcome to Storyline Online, brought to you by the SAG-AFTRA Foundation. I’m Cynthia Erivo, and today I’m going to read “Remember to Dream, Ebere” written by me and illustrated by Charnelle Pinkney Barlow. 

Reading Story:

When it was time to go to sleep, Ebere’s mother always kissed her on the cheek and said, “Remember to dream, my love.” 

And when it was time to go to sleep…Ebere usually had a hard time staying asleep. She often crept out of bed and went looking for her mother. 

“Mommy,” she said one night, “I had the most amazing dream. I dreamed of a rocket ship!” 

“Oh my. How big was this rocket ship?” 

“I don’t know,” said Ebere. 

“You’d better go back and dream some more.” 

And she did. “Mommy, the rocket ship is as big as two houses!” Ebere exclaimed. 

“That’s wonderful. And what color is the rocket ship?” 

“I don’t know,” said Ebere.

 “Go back and dream, my love.” 

And she did. “Mommy, the rocket ship! It’s as big as two houses and as red as a fire engine.” 

“That sounds wonderful. Does the rocket ship have a name?” 

“I don’t know,” said Ebere. 

“Go back and dream some more, my love. And dream it in the biggest letters ever.” 

And she did. “The rocket ship is as big as two houses and as red as a fire engine. And it’s called The Light Chaser.” 

“That is a beautiful name, my love. It would be a shame for such a beautifully named rocket ship to have no captain. Who is the captain of the ship?” 

“I don’t know, Mommy. I’d better go dream some more.” 

“Great idea.” 

“Mommy, I dreamed again, and guess what? I am the captain of the ship! I can go anywhere in the universe.” 

“My love, you are the captain of all your dreams. And I want you to have as many dreams as you can. Just remember to always dream them as big as two houses, as bright as bright as fire-engine red, and as bold as the name The Light Chaser.” 

“Remember to Dream, Ebere” is a gift from me, a self-professed dreamer, to you, whose imagination deserves to fly and soar. You, who should be taught to dream dreams bigger than you can contain. This little book is to celebrate you. I wrote it for you, so that when someone tells you to think a little smaller, tells you to be quiet, to be less bold, to fit in, you come back here to this little book and my words, and remember to dream big, big gargantuan dreams in the brightest colors. Because without you and your big dreams, this world would cry. We need you because you are special. With love, from me. 

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