An amazing lady and an amazing book. We have been reading The Strongest Boy to our kindy class as part of our empathy program and the children just love it. The message about being strong of heart and mind is easily understood by the children. We have read this book to children who have suffered significant trauma and it has been a source of calm for them. Renee was even so generous to donate her book to the boys as it became one of their favourites, thank you Renee, we cant wait for the strongest girl.
Renee Irving Lee was invited to speak about her writing journey at Peregian Springs SS Writers Festival in late February. Her talk was very inspiring for the adults (teachers and parents) in the audience especially those who are budding authors themselves. I recommend her as a speaker and was impressed by her research into contemporary issues such as bullying and domestic violence and the way in which she actively breaks stereotypes when she develops her characters. I have read her first picture book to the Preps and they loved it. Can’t wait for a copy of the second book!