Coming out on October 1st, The Power Book is a beautifully illustrated work that examines questions like “What makes you the boss of me?”, “Why can some people vote for their leaders, while other people can’t?”, and “Why are there fewer female scientists, leaders, and artists than men in history books?” Geared toward young readers, primarily those 7 to 11, this work speaks frankly and candidly about these topics and many more to help children understand the idea of power and how it is used in society. This work also includes a foreword by Roxane Gay, whose powerful words set up the book perfectly.
This vividly colored and illustrate book comes from a variety of writers including Claire Saunders, Hazel Songhurst, Georgia Amson-Bradshaw, Mina Salami, and Mik Scarlet, who work together to present different elements of privilege and power throughout societies and history. The illustrations are brought to you by just two creators, Joelle Avelino and David Broadbent. I will admit the colors and pictures are what immediately took me in and I spent a bit of time just marveling at them, which I am sure a number of young readers will also do. The book itself is broken down into four parts: Everyday Power, World-Changing Power, What Affects a Person’s Power, and Your Power. The discussion begins by examine adults and they power they hold as well as who holds power over adults that children live with and come in contact with. It then expands to cover topics like war, gender, LGBTQ+, and how to empower yourself.
These topics are just some of the in-depth examinations of privilege and power that exist within this book. For young readers this is something that can open up new ideas and thoughts and allow them to see the world as it is and not just the world that is often presented to them in school and through standardized curriculum. The book not only discusses power and privilege vaguely, but it also provides readers with advice and examples of how to push back against those who are perhaps holding undue power over you. I would recommend this as a staple book for classrooms or even for inclusion in reading material for those who educate young readers. I believe this is a powerful book that can provide a great deal for those who are growing up in a world that they might not understand. You can pre-order a copy of The Power Book today for yourself or for the young readers in your life.