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Monday 20 May 2024

Review: You Can Do Hard Things

This non-fiction picture book is something that all small children will benefit from reading not just once, but many times over. And the adults in their lives will definitely gain insights, too!

‘Have you ever felt like giving up because something was too hard?
Everyone feels like this sometimes, even grown-ups.’

Written by award winning author Jess Sanders, You Can Do Hard Things shows children that things won’t be hard forever. The book highlights the fact that failing is an important and indeed, a natural part of life – even when we really want to succeed.  

With a gentle and authoritative voice, readers learn that by trying and failing, then trying again, we grow and build the muscles inside us that allow us to succeed over time.

The book has delightful, brightly coloured illustrations including gorgeous soft pastel highlights which generate a lovely warmth around its diverse cast of children.

And if you love a tactile cover, this one doesn’t disappoint! With a patterned spine, shiny lettering and a little yellow blob to run your fingers over, it’s all systems go.

This book will be an invaluable addition to classroom and home libraries, and with its universal message, offers an absolute gift for empowering children and adults alike.

You Can Do Hard Things
Author: Jess Sanders
Illustrator: Martina Stuhlberger
Publisher: Affirm Press, $19.99
Publication Date: 27 February 2024
Format: Hardcover
ISBN: 9781922930316
For Ages: 3 - 8
Type: Picture Book