Cindy Hewitt is a retired teacher with a passion for children's literature. Read-aloud stories add quality to a child's life experiences.
Teens Can Revive Their SuperPowers With Skills and Learning About Themselves
A Timely Graphic Chapter Book for Teens in the World They Are Living in Now
Renee Jain and Dr. Shefali Tsabary have published a timely and highly useful graphic chapter book for teens who are experiencing anxiety and stress in their world now. Returning to school can bring on more anxiety and stress for our teens because of the abnormal events that have happened and because of the normal things that cause stress and anxiety for this age group. SuperPowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilience is the perfect read for our teens who are returning to school this season.
Jain and her co-author write that all kids came into the world with 5 superpowers. Our kids came into the world as explorers who wanted to learn all about the world, as people who were true to themselves and wanted to be themselves rather than what their parents told them to be, as someone who actually loved themselves, as someone who loved life, and lastly, a person who took risks. Many children lose these superpowers as they get older because of a variety of circumstances and events that happen to them. This book tells them how to regain their superpowers with learning about themselves and others in their world. Jain and Dr. Baruch-Feldman tackle the subject of worry, the subject of "WHAT-IFFING", and the game that teens play with the idea of perfectionism. Each chapter has advice and activities for writing for teens to use to tackle these subjects. Self-discovery leads to resilience and self-confidence. The writing exercises that are included in each chapter are engaging and practical. Each chapter has key takeaways for teens to stow away in their heads in order to master the art of recovering their superpowers. The engaging black and white graphic illustrations are both humorous and highly useful in understanding the mindset that teens must create in order to defeat their worries and anxiety. Teens are encouraged to listen to their inner voice.
SuperPowered: Transform Anxiety into Courage, Confidence, and Resilence was published by Yearling Publishing, a division of Penguin/Random House and is recommended for ages 12-17. It has an ISBN of 978-0-593-12642-4.
Engaging Black and White Cartoon-Like Illustrations With Timely Advice
Bring SuperPowered Into Your Classroom for Engaging Learning Activities and Discussions
Teachers who teach teens will want to add this important book to their school library and classroom library for the new school year. Teens are returning to school with all kinds of anxiety and worries that encompass their minds. This engaging book has a wealth of ideas for students to write about themselves and their feelings during the year. The suggestions for writing and sharing offer a wealth of opportunities for students to share with each other. Sharing ideas about anxiety builds a network of friends who have the same experiences.
*Assign this important book as a group book to read or to individuals throughout the year. Each chapter can stand alone to provide creative writing experiences throughout the school year.
*Take a class poll at the beginning of the year to determine the most stressful things that students worry about. Assign writing activities from the book to help students cope with their worries.
*Engage the students in a discussion of their difficulties with wanting to be perfect. Call attention to the writing activities from the book that help them cope with the idea that it is not necessary to be perfect.
*Assign a creative writing activity for students to create their own "Ikigai" as illustrated in the book.
Encourage your students to regain their superpowers this school year!
Meet the Authors
Renee Jain is recognized as a pioneer in the field of child psychology. She teaches classes for parents and is a strong advocate for children.
Dr. Shefali Tsabary is a renowned clincal psychologist and speaks at conferences, workshops, and educational centers.
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