As writers, editors, and parents, Kate and I stay up to date on new children’s book releases. After seeing Goodnight Stories for Rebel Girls and a number of similar titles slide across our desks, we noticed that there was a gap when it came to empowering books for boys.
Yes, maybe that’s because boys have typically been the protagonists in kids books (and movies and, well, everything) for most of history.
But in our current cultural climate, it seemed like our boys could use some positive role models, too.
So we wrote a book.
It’s a book about men who have changed the world because of their faith.
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These men are changing the world in unique, artistic, compassionate, and surprising ways. We wanted a book that addressed, not just their world-shaking feats, but the faith that spurred them into action in the first place.
And okay, we’re a little obsessed with the figures we came up with.
Men like Eddie Aikau, a humble Hawaiian lifeguard who rescued 500 people from drowning in the rough waters where he lived…an ultimately gave his life saving others.
Men like Dikembe Mutumbo, who used his earnings in the NBA to adopt four children and build a hospital in his struggling home country, the Democratic Republic of the Congo.
And men like Howard Finster, who were just so uniquely themselves. Howard’s zany, colorful folk art was featured in the Smithsonian, despite his complete lack of artistic training.
We can’t wait to share the rest of our picks when Stand-Up Guys is released this March! You can pre-order now, at Amazon or your favorite local bookseller.