Rosie Leads the way is a sweet story with an important message, ‘beautiful’ is about being strong, smart and kind, not superficially ‘pretty’. A lovely way to encourage engagement with children about positive values and self-image.
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!
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’s writing combines the author as a person and mother with the realities that saturate our early development lives. Her amazing stories give our little ones a better chance to develop healthy life perceptions, equality and love self the way they it was intended to be. I await her upcoming projects to expand her much needed world views. She lives what she is.
“The Strongest boy is a delightful picture book explores the notion of how to be a strong boy. Rather than just using physical strength that often hurts others sometimes accidentally, Max learns better ways of being strong using his mind and his words. This is such an important message to share with all young children.”
“Children’s author Renee Irving Lee has had her work for social change recognised with a nomination for a national award. She is passionate about creating profound social change by providing children, teachers and parents with the positive language needed for healthy social and emotional development”
“Rosie Leads the Way is a beautiful book that explores the true meaning of beauty. This book skilfully shatters the delusion of the ‘perfect princess’ and empowers girls to see their real beauty, being smart, strong and kind. This is an important message that we need to instil in our girls from a young age to counteract the inevitable pressure that they will face in this world of perfect image and social media.”
“What does ‘strong’ really mean in a world of faster, bigger, brighter? The Strongest Boy picture book explains to young people in a simple language what ‘the other strong’ means and how it can positively affect people around us. “The Strongest Boy” can be a first step into clean masculinity”.
“The Strongest Boy is a beautiful story to help children be the best they can be and make great choices with their friends. Max’s story shows children how small changes can make a huge difference.”