Basketball Dreams

by Chris Paul (Author) Courtney Lovett (Illustrator)

Reading Level: 2nd − 3rd Grade

From NBA All-Star Chris Paul comes an inspirational and uplifting picture book about chasing your basketball dreams and the lessons he learned both on and off the court from his beloved grandfather Papa Chilly--for fans of LeBron James's I Promise.

Growing up, young Chris Paul dreamed of playing professional basketball. But he knew it would take more than dedication and practice, so Chris looked to his grandfather Papa Chilly as a shining example of the values he could apply both in basketball and in life. Papa taught him about respect, faith, kindness, generosity, and the determination to succeed, just as Papa had succeeded as the first Black business owner of a service station in North Carolina. Serving as a beacon of inspiration for Chris, Papa Chilly and his lessons propelled Chris to become the star NBA player--and person--he is today.

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An NBA star pays tribute to the influence of his grandfather.
Chris Paul

Chris Paul is a twelve-time NBA All-Star, two-time Olympic Gold medalist, and the former president of the National Basketball Players Association. Off the court, he's a father, husband, entrepreneur, activist, and philanthropist. He founded the CP3 Basketball Academy. The Chris Paul Family Foundation continues to provide resources that enrich underserved communities.

Courtney Lovett was born and raised in Maryland. Since she could pick up a pencil, not a day passed where Courtney did not draw, a sketchbook on her person wherever she went. She has since pursued an education in illustration and animation. Today, she still lives in her hometown, where she illustrates books and teaches at a local art studio.

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Roaring Brook Press
Publication date
January 10, 2023
BISAC categories
JNF019030 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Family | Multigenerational
JNF007100 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Biography & Autobiography | Sports & Recreation
JNF053200 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Social Topics | Values & Virtues
JNF054020 - Juvenile Nonfiction | Sports & Recreation | Basketball
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