My son knows what girls can do. We have the Rebel Girls books, Women in Science, Rad Girls Can - some of his favorite books star young girls kicking butt and changing the world. Unfortunately, it's much harder for us to find stories of boys who are sensitive and don't choose to fight or bully their way out of trouble. For a sensitive kid with big feelings, it can be hard to figure out how to navigate the world, especially when most of the media they interact with replaces feelings with fighting. Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different gives boys real role models and helps teach even little kids that kindness, generosity, empathy, and thoughtfulness can change the world. I am so glad this book exists and I hope we see more like it. — From Heather's Picks (page 1)
You won't find any stories of slaying dragons or saving princesses here. In Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, author Ben Brooks-with the help of Quinton Wintor's striking full-color illustrations-offers a welcome alternative narrative: one that celebrates introverts and innovators, sensitivity and resilience, individuality and expression.
It's an accessible compilation of 75 famous and not-so-famous men from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and stereotype-smasher in his own way. Entries include Frank Ocean, Salvador Dali, Beethoven, Barack Obama, Ai Weiwei, Jesse Owens, and so many more-heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.
About the Author
Ben Brooks is the author of several books, including Grow Up, Lolito, Hurra, and Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different.
Quinton Winter is a British illustrator, artist, and colorist. He has worked for many clients including the Guardian newspaper, Walker Books, Vertigo Comics, and the BBC.
Filled with interesting stories about boys (and men) that contributed and changed the world in their own ways, this text is sure to inspire young readers and show them that there are many, many different ways to make a difference.—Booklist