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We know school can be a scary place, but we also know that some kids will emerge as leaders. Does this happen because of the situations they find themselves in, because of what they were taught by their parents and teachers, because of an innate sense of what to do in unusual situations? One can't know for sure, but one CAN provide them with the tools they need to slowly effect positive changes. This book is one of those tools. It's cheerful and it's told at an age-appropriate level. What do you do when...? There are so, so many situations that will crop up and this will support their best instincts. Yes, it's okay to tell the teacher the right pronunciation of your name. Yes, it's okay to tell the truth when you hear an untrue rumor. Yes, it would be nice to invite someone who's alone to sit with you at lunch. And so on. At the end of the book, author Paul provides real-life examples when now-famous people had to speak up and stand up for themselves. This is an inspiring book with optimistic, warm pictures clearly meant for the younger ones. It will get them started off on the right foot.
Content encourages children to use their voices for themselves and others. I especially appreciate the message about speaking out against injustice and unjust rules. Any child looking at this these pictures will see themselves well represented, something that should be the rule rather than the exception. I bought two copies, one for my professional collection of children’s resources and one for my granddaughter. They’d make a great gift to donate to your favorite teachers & classrooms.
Speak Up is an excellent new release that is empowering and attainable as it shares various ways a diverse array of kids can speak up and make a difference.
It is perfect for sparking discussion as the words combine with the illustrations to provide rich context. I had some really great conversations with my son as we read this together and I appreciated the concrete examples that he could understand and apply to the situations he will find himself in.
I also love how this book shows that standing for right is not just for those who are loud, strong, and unafraid of speaking their mind. Quieter, gentler kids can still make their voice count when it’s needed—in fact that’s how the author herself was. The back of the book provides additional information about real kids who spoke up and additional advice on when and how to use your voice.