What makes you the boss of me? What makes a king a king, or a queen a queen? Why can some people vote for their leaders, but other people can’t? Does having lots of money make you powerful? Why are there fewer female scientists, leaders, and artists than men in history books?
These are things that kids wonder about. The Power Book answers these and other questions in a relatable way for young people, including thought-provoking discussions on challenging topics, like war, bullying, racism, sexism, and homophobia. You will gain an understanding of your place in your family, your school, and the world, and will discover ways in which you can use your own power to shape the future.
As you explore the many aspects of power, thinking points pose questions that spark self-reflection and quotes and stories from some of the greatest change-makers—such as Gandhi, Martin Luther King Jr., Emmeline Pankhurst, Rosa Parks, Malala Yousafzai, and Stephen Hawking—provide historical context and inspiration. Find more opportunities for learning at the back with a glossary of terms and suggestions for further reading.
Gain a greater understanding of how power works, then learn how to harness it for good with The Power Book.
About the Author
Roxane Gay is a contributing opinion writer for the New York Times. She is the author of the books Ayiti, An Untamed State, the New York Times best-selling Bad Feminist, Difficult Women and the New York Times best-selling Hunger. She is also the author of World of Wakanda for Marvel.
Claire Saunders is a freelance writer and editor. A graduate of Cambridge University, she has been editing for over 20 years, and has worked on over two dozen titles for Ivy Kids. She has a son, 12, and a daughter, 10, and lives in Lewes in southern England.
Georgia Amson-Bradshaw is a writer and editor based in Brighton, UK.
Minna Salami is a Nigerian, Finnish and Swedish author, social critic and international keynote speaker. Her award-winning blog, MsAfropolitan, connects feminism with contemporary culture from an Africa-centred perspective. Her debut novel, Sensuous Knowledge, will be published by Zed and HarperCollins in 2020.
Mik Scarlet is a writer and broadcaster based in London, UK. He is an expert in the field of access and inclusion for disabled people.
Hazel Songhurst is an experienced writer and editor of non-fiction for children. Her interests span a wide range of topics and she enjoys creating books that stimulate and – in this case – empower young minds.
Joelle Avelino is London-based illustrator. She works with both traditional and digital methods of drawing and painting. She is greatly inspired by phenomenal women and her African heritage, particularly the bold, empowering history her motherlands hold. Having grown up in the UK she aims to bring these two worlds together through her work.