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The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self

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The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self

Written by Katty Kay, JillEllyn Riley and Claire Shipman, Illustrated by Nan Lawson

THE CONFIDENCE CODE FOR GIRLS by Katty Kay and Claire Shipman is a fantastic book of finding girls’ inner strength, values, morality and courage all wrapped up in a brilliant hardcover. This motivational book can help so many girls and young women find their voice and be strong. THE CONFIDENCE CODE FOR GIRLS addresses many issues girls face today, from social media to stereotypes to learning how to speak up. This book shows all the different issues and questions many young women will face or have questions, and provides insights from journals, scientific studies and advice from powerful women to provide solutions. This is a totally relevant book for females everywhere. What makes this book even better is that it is a super fun read! Great visuals and cartoon illustrations help carry their points across, so it never feels monotonous and gives the reader a fun opportunity to process each page.

"This is a totally relevant book for females everywhere. What makes this book even better is that it is a super fun read!"

Confidence can come in different shapes and sizes, and to some can be very scary. Katty Kay and Claire Shipman breaks down each chapter into digestible stories, quizzes and visuals to offer advice on how to overcome fear and grab goals. The book is as informative as it is fun --- there are so many suggestions and relatable stories that any reader could feel connected to their message. As the reader gets further into the book, it will not be surprising to see the reader themselves feel more confident. By addressing personal and societal issues the reader could face, it builds the reader up to understand challenges and see them make the right and confident decisions for all scenarios.

Katty Kay and Claire Shipman also uses a wide and diverse group of girls in their scenarios, so as to not make any reader feel excluded. The scenarios all use girls of every color, hair type, nationality, religious background and sexual orientation; showing stories of every kind of girl in the modern world really makes this book more beautiful, letting everyone know that every girl has a voice and has a right to be who they want to be. There are many current and modern examples that women still face today, but by building their confidence at a younger age, it will help break the societal norms that should not be accepted when it has a sexist agenda. There is also a brilliant chapter that discusses failure, and turning that fear into a positive. The young girls and women that read this book will feel empowered to make the right choices, band together and make real change for future daughters and sisters.

Powerful, motivational, and fun --- THE CONFIDENCE CODE FOR GIRLS is the book every young girl should read on their birthday every year until they are adults. This book drills in the incredibly important message that every girl is worth being true to herself and to her community. Confidence helps reduce the anxieties of fear, failure and general negativity, and lets people grow into the person they want to be. Every human being has a right to exist and express themselves; with the pressures of old stereotypes still present, and modern advances in technology, it is great that there is a book written for the younger audiences of today and help guide them into a more feminist view of equality and inclusion.

Reviewed by Emi Debos on April 24, 2018

The Confidence Code for Girls: Taking Risks, Messing Up, and Becoming Your Amazingly Imperfect, Totally Powerful Self
Written by Katty Kay, JillEllyn Riley and Claire Shipman, Illustrated by Nan Lawson