A debut self-help book for young ones that aims to help them build self-esteem.
Childhood can be a tricky thing. One day, helpful, encouraging friends and family build children up, and the next, bullies and peer pressure bring them down. This work offers a variety of tips and tricks that kids can use to gain self-confidence. It encourages readers to jump into the book wherever they want—“at the beginning, in the middle, or at your favourite page.” Sporadic exercises ask children questions about themselves, and the book repeats mantras such as “Yes, I can do it” and “I believe in me” as a means of self-affirmation: after all, it notes, one must love oneself before asking for love from others. In her introduction, McGranaghan states that she believes that helping youngsters build their self-worth makes them more fulfilled, self-actualized adults. Her work serves as a perfect gateway to that idea, as it encourages kids to believe that they can do anything they set their minds to do. This isn’t a typical, New Age–y self-help book, however: it’s thorough enough to hold the attention of 6- to 12-year-old children yet not too lighthearted for adults to get something out of it. If repetition is the key to memorization, this book will allow children to memorize their affirmations in no time: every few pages, McGranaghan stops, reviews, and asks readers to perform an exercise. In one section, for example, she asks kids to write down things that they like about themselves. These exercises pleasurably slow the reading experience and encourage interactive reflection—a must for books in this genre. The accompanying illustrations are lively and richly hued, as if the brightness of the colors might bolster similar brightness in readers. Overall, this work is a lovely way to introduce kids to the power of daily affirmations and belief in oneself.
A delightful method for inspiring confidence in any child.