Basketball Dreams (Hardcover)
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.
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.
About the Author
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 teaches at a local art studio and illustrates books such as NBA all-star Chris Paul's Basketball Dreams.
"Lovett’s digital artwork is bold, energetic, and emotionally expressive. A combination of childhood memoir and tribute to a beloved relative, Paul’s simply expressed personal narrative comes across as a celebration without sentimentality. While young aspiring athletes will find inspiration and advice here, the simply expressed, fundamental values are applicable far beyond sports and can lead to success in any field." —Booklist
"NBA All-Star Paul gives his grandfather a starring role in this winning picture book celebration of family and basketball." —Publishers Weekly