Review: Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different by Ben Brooks

A little while ago, I read Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different and that one made me emotional. Very emotional. I read a lot of children’s history books, I really love the trend of those books like Goodnight Stories for Little Girls, Little Leaders and the like. But Stories for Boys is different. It is the most inclusive book I’ve read of it’s kind so far. And that made me emotional, it honestly did! I found Stories for Kids on Amazon and I squealed, I didn’t even know there was a second book! Did it live up to it’s sibling?

Title: Stories for Kids who Dare to be Different
Author: Ben Brooks
Illustrator: Quinton Wintor
Pages: 209
Published: April 3rd 2018

Boys will be boys and girls will be girls? Not in this book.
The follow-up to Ben Brooks’s New York Times bestselling Stories for Boys Who Dare to Be Different, this book offers more extraordinary true stories of amazing people who broke the mold and changed the world for the better. The resulting message? Be yourself, and your dreams might come true.

With the help of Quinton Winter’s striking full-color illustrations, Brooks offers an accessible compilation of 76 famous and not-so-famous influencers from the past to the present day, every single one of them a rule-breaker and stereotype-smasher in his or her own way. Entries include Emma Gonzalez, Andy Warhol, Bjork, Hans Christian Andersen, Sally Ride, and so many more — heroes from all walks of life and from all over the world.

I really loved how this book is just spilt down the middle with both men and women and their achievements. And best of all: Ben Brooks included people I did not know about. I’m not an expert, I don’t know everyone on the planet nor do I know about everyone that achieved something in their life’s, but I do read a lot of these kind of books and most of them reuse the same people. That’s ok! But Ben Brooks is definitively the person to go to if you want to find books with people that haven’t been talked about yet. There are a few people we all know, but that’s to be expected.

I really love how the information is childfriendly, short, but incredibly informative. Perfect for kids, but also for us adults that just love to read.
I love the illustrations, they really fit the book and the artist is just amazingly talented.
I did have some issues with some of the pages, as they were dark green and the text was black, so I had to squint to read those pages.

Is this just as amazing as Stories for Boys? No. A few people in this book felt like “fillers”, people that just feel like they were needed to make up the gap in alphabet (the people in the book are ordered by alphabet and then one male identifying person, then female identifying person) but that’s ok, because it was still absolutely amazing and I can’t wait to see what book is next in this series!

I gave it 5 stars on Goodreads and you can get yours here. 

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