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REVIEW: Superheroes Are Everywhere by Kamala Harris

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Title: Superheroes Are Everywhere

Author: Kamala Harris

Illustrator: Mechel Renee Roe

Published: January 8, 2019

Theme:  Empowerment

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 40

Ages: 3-7 | Book Level: — | Lexile Measure:

Synopsis:  Before Kamala Harris became a district attorney and a United States senator, she was a little girl who loved superheroes. And when she looked around, she was amazed to find them everywhere! In her family, among her friends, even down the street–there were superheroes wherever she looked. And those superheroes showed her that all you need to do to be a superhero is to be the best that you can be.

In this empowering and joyful picture book that speaks directly to kids, Kamala Harris takes readers through her life and shows them that the power to make the world a better place is inside all of us. And with fun and engaging art by Mechal Renee Roe, as well as a guide to being a superhero at the end, this book is sure to have kids taking up the superhero mantle (cape and mask optional).

My thoughts…

This was an enjoyable read. I loved how young Kamala recognized that superheroes could be found in everyday people most of which are within our own families. What a great message to send to kids. This book is not for early readers but could be enjoyed as a read aloud. The banners reinforce the characteristics of heroes and grab the readers attention. The “Code” at the is a really cute touch.

“I promise to be the very best me I can be!”

Roe’s illustrations were lively and appropriate. Harris asks a question of the reader after describing a person that personifies each heroic trait. This approach in storytelling engages the reader and allows for a guided conversation at the end. I like approach, especially with younger kids. The flow of the text was off to me. I loved the message but something was missing. I hope that the kids that read this book can see the heroic traits that are in the people around them–not just on T.V.

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REVIEW: She Persisted Around the World by Chelsea Clinton

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Title: She Persisted Around the World

Author: Chelsea Clinton

Illustrator: Alexandra Boiger

Published: March 6, 2018

Theme: Perseverance

Character Origin: Human

Book Type: Picture Book | Pages: 32

Ages: 4-8 | Book Level: 5.9 | Lexile Measure: 1080L  

Synopsis: Women around the world have long dreamed big, even when they’ve been told their dreams didn’t matter. They’ve spoken out, risen up and fought for what’s right, even when they’ve been told to be quiet. Whether in science, the arts, sports or activism, women and girls throughout history have been determined to break barriers and change the status quo. They haven’t let anyone get in their way and have helped us better understand our world and what’s possible. In this companion book to She Persisted: 13 American Women Who Changed the World, Chelsea Clinton introduces readers to a group of thirteen incredible women who have shaped history all across the globe.

My thoughts…

Let me just say that I wish that there were more books like this that highlight the achievements of women on the bookshelves of libraries and bookstores. This is a gem and should be required reading. Clinton shines a light on lesser known women who weren’t afraid to dream big and never took “no” for an answer. We need this message to ring in the hearts of little girls all around the world. Just because something seems scary and there are obstacles in the way does not mean that you stop–you find a way or you make a way. That’s the message we should be sending to our daughters, nieces, and all the young women whose lives we touch each day.

Boiger’s illustrations were vibrant and endearing. They captured the essence of the women highlighted. Clinton’s text was well written and I loved how she emphasized “she persisted” throughout. Reading the story of each of these trailblazing women filled my heart with such joy. I was left thinking that if these women could turn the ordinary into extraordinary, so could I. I hope that every young lady that reads this book closes it feeling empowered too. You don’t have to have superpowers to do change the world. You just have to persist!

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