As I continue featuring books for this month dedicated to women, I realize that I have been lucky in the influences I had growing up. My family provided me all I might need to step into power!
While I did wonder why women never did certain things, my parents gave me the freedom to be me; to be the individual I was, without remarking that I had do this or that or could not/should not do this or that because I was a girl! And that was (and still is) the most wonderful gift they gave me.
I truly had the best mentors and cheerleaders ever in my parents! Mom still is and dad was as well until he passed away just a few months ago. I miss him but his love for me and pride in me motivates me to keep being the best me I can.
Today’s featured book is kind of like a portable mentor and cheerleader you can take along with you!
Step Into Your Power: 23 lessons on how to live your best life
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From the team who brought you Young Gifted and Black: Meet 52 Black Heroes from Past and Present comes a brightly illustrated follow-up guide that will teach you to harness your own power to achieve greatness.
Listen up little sister! You’ve heard about heroes and read about the greats, but how do you actually get there yourself? This book shows you how to make your big dreams a big reality. Learn from the lived experience of author Jamia Wilson and illustrator Andrea Pippins as they mentor you through growing up in the modern world, and teach you how to STEP INTO YOUR POWER.
“Slay your fear!” “You’ve got this!” “Take heart and trust your gut!” In this friendly guide, “big sister” Jamia Wilson helps you achieve your dreams and know your rights with caring advice and actions you can take and make your very own. Explore what it means to know and trust your insights and capabilities with stories, images, activities, resources, and action prompts that you can interact with on your own time and, most importantly, on your terms.
Unlock your power and be yourself—you may just change the world!
This book makes empowering yourself fun – with the right combination of language that does not preach or speak down to the reader and illustrations that pop out of the page with bright colors that appeal to the all.
Imagine having your personal mentor and cheerleader with you always. You can, with ‘Step Into Your Power‘!
Empowering you, the reader, to be the best You through exercises, action-plans, and stories to encourage and inspire, this book has it all.
For example, it talks about learning to speak up. And I love how the book goes into teaching the right way to speak up – to arm yourself with facts and discuss your opinions on things; to understand that it is ok to disagree with the people around you but to learn to do it the right way too.
Side-note: This reminds me of the times I tell my kids to learn the difference between speaking up and talking back! I am sure they disagree with me on this but that is ok 🙂 We are all learning together to bridge that gap!
Elsewhere, it teaches to say No, and teaches this again in wonderful ways (like saying no to bad habits, among other similar examples!)
The book also explores making your own path when you feel like you don’t fit in. Jamia teaches through her words of wisdom to learn to appreciate yourself – be the shining outlier, not the outcast.
These are just a few of the ways, each one simple but easily actionable, that Jamia teaches you – the reader – to Step Into Your Power. Andrea Pippin’s pop-out-of-the-page illustrations and bright backdrops are the perfect partner to Jamia’s words.
While this book can work for any age-group, I think it can have a lot of impact on 9 to 13 year olds. As a mom to a just-turned-teen-girl, I try to impart many of these lessons to my daughter, and this book is definitely going to help make it so much easier!
Giftable? Yes, totally. So ahead and buy ‘Step Into Your Power‘ for yourself or for that person who will love it.
Reading Level: 9 to 13 years (and above as well!)
Disclaimer: Thanks to NetGalley and the publishers for the eARC of this book. The opinions expressed are my honest thoughts as I read the book.
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