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The Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman illus Nan Lawson.

July 16, 2018

confidenceThe Confidence Code for Girls by Katty Kay & Claire Shipman illus Nan Lawson. Pub. HarperCollins, 2018.

A book for girls between 8-12 years that works at boosting their confidence in life and helping them understanding themselves. In America it started off a national conversation about what has been called the extreme confidence gap between men and women.

I am not sure about that gap, having grown up a boy and now as a granddad looking after two girls aged 8 & 7 years who have miles more confidence than I did as a boy.

That is immaterial though as this book in three parts gives great advice to girls on firstly the Keys to Confidence, secondly how to work with confidence in your head and towards others and thirdly how to be confident and  kicking the perfectionist habit, that seems to absorb girls, into touch.

Each section has great examples to illustrate the points made, is wonderfully illustrated, it asks questions of the reader and has role models to back up the advice.

My experience is that girls will read this in droves I hope. A similar book for boys would probably sit on the shelf gathering dust. This is just not the boys way.

Are boys and girls wired differently? Do girls over think things? Why do girls think that boys are more confident than they are? I don’t know the answers to these questions but this book gives you a chance to think about them and hopefully become a confident soul.

I will certainly recommend it to the girls in schools that I talk to. But I can’t help feeling that the biggest secrets in life for girls are boys and for boys it is girls. Vive la difference.

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