Dream Street

by Tricia Elam Walker and Ekua Holmes is a memoir in a picture book: Walker and Holmes are cousins and Dream Street is based on the place where they grew up together. The collage-style illustrations bring to life some of the warm, friendly people who live on Dream Street. There’s Mr. Sidney, a retired mail carrier who wears a fedora reading his newspaper on the front step, and Ms. Sarah, also known as Hat Lady, the oldest person on the block. There’s Azaria, who jumps rope so well she knows she’ll win a trophy, and Dessa Rae, whose house opens to a backyard full of flowers. Each person has a dream, “as different as thumbprints.” This book bursts with joy.