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Empowering Young Minds: Unveiling ‘What I Can Be Is Up To Me’ – A Book That Celebrates Diversity, Empowerment, and Success Lessons

Cover of What I Can Be IS Up To Me children's book

Welcome to a new school year, filled with exciting possibilities and opportunities for growth! As stellar educators and dedicated parents, you know that quality education goes beyond textbooks – it’s about nurturing young minds and hearts with stories that inspire, empower, and celebrate diversity.

Get ready to be inspired by “What I Can Be Is Up To Me,” a captivating and inclusive children’s book designed to ignite the imagination of young readers in grades 1-2. This literary treasure is more than just a book – it’s an open door to a world of self-discovery and empowerment. As a former elementary teacher and passionate advocate, I’m thrilled to present a story that celebrates the unique abilities of every child and encourages them to believe in themselves, regardless of the world’s expectations.

Why “What I Can Be Is Up To Me”?

This delightful book holds a big surprise – every single featured individual, including the skateboarder (see illustration below!), is blind or low vision! It’s a celebration of the extraordinary abilities that reside within us all, regardless of our circumstances. This exciting tale goes beyond its narrative; it’s a mirror of the diverse and vibrant world we live in. Each character represents a unique facet of our society, fostering empathy and understanding in young hearts. Through collaboration with educational consultants and experts in children’s literature, this book has been meticulously crafted to inspire and empower. It’s a symbol of the remarkable achievements that are possible when we believe in our limitless potential.

Empowerment through Storytelling

At the heart of “What I Can Be Is Up To Me” lies a message of empowerment. Its engaging narrative and vibrant illustrations – created by a visually impaired artist – paint a vivid picture of how embracing our unique abilities shapes who we are. As educators and parents, we know that this lesson lays the foundation for lifelong success.

A World of Inclusivity and Accessibility

What sets “What I Can Be Is Up To Me” apart is its commitment to inclusivity and accessibility. This book is a trailblazer, printed in a unique format that combines braille and print within the same pages. But it doesn’t stop there – every illustration is accompanied by vivid picture descriptions. This ingenious approach ensures that both braille readers and sighted individuals can engage with the story and its enchanting visuals. The book is a testament to the power of accessibility, demonstrating how braille can benefit both blind and sighted young people. It’s a remarkable example of how we can bridge gaps and create a world where every child can explore the pages of a shared story, regardless of their abilities.

Parents and Educators: Ignite Empathy and Inclusion by Empowering the Next Generation with ‘What I Can Be Is Up To Me

Empower the next generation to celebrate their unique abilities and see the strength in diversity by bringing “What I Can Be Is Up To Me” into your homes and classrooms. This book is not just a story – it’s a tool for shaping young minds, fostering empathy, and igniting a spirit of inclusivity. By introducing children to characters who overcome challenges with resilience and determination, we plant the seeds of a more compassionate and understanding world. Let’s stand together and inspire a future where every child believes that they, too, hold the power to create their own path, regardless of any obstacles that come their way.

Get the Book “What I Can Be Is Up To Me” as well as a lesson plan to incorporate it in classrooms at www.WhatICanBeISUpToMe.com

As we celebrate the new school year, let’s embrace the power of literature to shape young minds. Let’s nurture the spirit of possibility, empathy, and inclusivity. “What I Can Be Is Up To Me” invites us all to be part of a movement that celebrates diversity and empowers young minds.

PS – I am thrilled to offer engaging author visits – either in person or virtually – for your students. I am not only the author of the book, I am a former first and third-grade teacher that brings an energy that is contagious! With a passion for teaching life lessons and success principles through exciting, engaging stories, I have a lot of fun getting students excited to look at life differently! Let’s chat about an author visit at your school! (Limited slots are available, so don’t miss this opportunity to enrich your students’ learning experience! Get info here or send an email to Kristin@ThrivingBlindAcademy.org)

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Get the children's book that not only empowers children to believe in themselves and see their unique abilities, 100% OF THE PROCEEDS of this book go to programs at Thriving Blind Academy to empower families raising blind children to thrive!

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About Kristin Smedley

Kristin Smedley is a visionary leader who empowers individuals, teams, and organizations to unlock their hidden potential and gain a competitive edge. Kristin, a TEDx speaker, best selling author, nonprofit founder x2, business owner, and acclaimed filmmaker, leaves audiences on their feet cheering and wanting more of her energy and influence.

Kristin has spent her lifetime studying people that succeed without sight and discovering those repeatable systems and strategies that cause a  competitive advantage. 

As a single mom with a signature smile that has raised three children (two of which are blind) to surpass all grim expectations and out- achieve everyone around them, Kristin leaves a lasting impact on those fortunate enough to experience her powerful presentations.

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