The Boy Who Dreamed Big
The Boy Who Dreamed Big is the story of how a foster child was inspired by his elementary school teacher to use his imagination to overcome his obstacles. Encouraged by his teacher and others, he learned that if he worked hard and believed in himself, his dreams would come true, and he could be whatever he wanted.
Beautifully illustrated by Janelda Lane
The Boy Who Went to the Library
The second book in "The Boy Who" series, The Boy Who Went to the Library is the story of the author, little Alton, finding amazing inspiration at the local library. Encouraged by his teacher, he travels to the local library to discover new worlds only found in one's imagination through reading books. Beautifully illustrated, this book helps children to see the value of reading and visiting the library.
Beautifully illustrated by Janelda Lane
The Boy Who Carried Bricks
Abandoned by his father, neglected by his mother, shuttled between foster homes and a boys ranch for most of his formative years, a young man refuses to succumb to the fate that the world says should be his. Early on, Alton decides he wants a "normal life"--even if that means standing up to abusive relatives and being teased by his siblings and cousins. Along the way, he keeps an eye out for those who might help lighten the load, never losing hope that such people exist. Published by The RoadRunner Press
While still a little boy, Alton Carter walked away from his violent, drug- and alcohol-riddled childhood home believing the worst life had to offer was behind him. He was sorely mistaken. After surviving a troubled foster care system and becoming the first in his family to graduate from high school -- with a college scholarship in hand no less, he found himself at age eighteen, as so many young people do on the cusp of life: scared, lonely, and all on his own. This is the story of how he aged out of the foster care system only to have his college dreams shattered, and how he found the courage to face his past and dare to take the steps to the life and family he always dreamed he would one day have.
Alton Carter is the Director of Youth Ministries at First United Methodist Church in Stillwater, Oklahoma. He is the author of The Boy Who Carried Bricks and Aging Out which are books about his life journey from foster care through adulthood. He received his Bachelor’s Degree at Oklahoma State University and is using his story to inspire youth and adults to do all they can to “make the world a better place.” He makes his home in Stillwater, Oklahoma with his wife Kristin and their five children.
“We had Alton come in and do a presentation over lunch for our Young Agents conference, and everyone loved it. He spoke on his life story and held the audience captive. The next year, we had him come back to our conference to do more of a leadership presentation for a couple of hours. He really excelled and got to dive in deeper into not only his story but how agents can think of our job as going beyond the sell. I have known Alton for more than 25 years now, and I can still say that I absolutely love hearing him speak about life and leadership. He is one of the most influential people in my life and I know once you hear him speak then he will influence your life, too.”
–Ryan Teubner, Past Chair of Oklahoma Young Agents Committee; IIABA InVEST Board Member; 2017 IIABA National Young Agent of the Year.
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