Reach for the Stars


Reach for the Stars

ISBN: 978-1-7322665-3-7

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Reach for the Stars

By Ken Dean


Reach for the Stars is a children’s history book of visionaries and their dreams. The book is a collection of stories about these visionaries who are all heroes. Important quotes are used to illustrate their thinking, philosophy, and view of the world. Reach for the Stars introduces young readers to historical and influential greats such as Mother Teresa, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Robert F. Kennedy, Benjamin Franklin, and fourteen others.  

These champions were hopeful for a bright and respectful future and all the challenges. Some of their dreams stood up to intolerance and hate, but they didn’t quit.

“Substantive quotes like those included in Reach for the Stars can be used by teachers as writing prompts for opinion writing and interpretation – both important skills.” 

Marc Winger, Ed.D. 

Retired Superintendent of Newhall School District, Newhall, California 



About the Author

Ken Dean started his career as an actor in Chicago. During a road show of the musical, West Side Story. Ken has been a resident of Canyon Country, California since 1981 and is one of the founding fathers of the City of Santa Clarita, California. 

Ken developed a love for writing children’s books and has written ten to date. He has always had a fascination with animals and insects which has led him to write children's books about them. Each book has a message for kids, a happy ending, and a likable protagonist. They feature compelling characters in a believable world, a kid's world.  

After three years of research, Ken completed his own children's history book, titled, Reach For The Stars. It is written for children ages 7 to 12 providing biographical and historical background with essential quotes from each person to illustrate his or her thinking, philosophy, and impact on the world. 

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