Diversity in “I CAN Believe in Myself” 

 January 27, 2021

Today’s Family Literacy Day and it got me thinking about just how important children’s books are.

Children’s books have the ability to encourage, empower, and inspire kids everywhere. 

When I self-published my first children’s book, I CAN Believe in Myself, I had no idea it would make such a difference in kids’ lives, and now that I’m re-releasing the book through HCI Books with the help of my best-selling co-author, Jack Canfield, I’m beyond excited.

But, this time around, we decided to make some pretty big changes...

On February 23rd, 2021, you’ll get to see some of the awesome changes we made:
  • NEW comic-style illustrations by the incredibly talented Eva Morales
  • MORE self-esteem building exercises packed into the back of the book to help that kid who really struggles with “I can’t”
But there’s one change we made that’s very important to me: diversity.

Growing up as a young, hispanic girl from Bolivia, I often didn’t see myself in the books I was reading. Even in the background, it was hard to find characters who looked like me.

This time, I wanted to include an even more diverse cast for the new book and make sure every child could find themselves in it and relate to the message.

One of the things I love about living in Canada is that we have so many amazing people in this country who come from a variety of cultures and backgrounds. It’s so beautiful to see people from different cultures and backgrounds come together.

I know that, when I was younger, I would have really appreciated a book like this. 

That’s why I’m so glad Jack and I decided to team up for the re-release of this book. It turned out to be stunning, even more empowering, and full of beautiful diversity.

I’m really excited that on February 23rd, we’ll finally be able to release the book and get it into the hands of children everywhere. 

Remember, Family Literacy Day doesn’t have to last only one day. We can choose to make reading and learning an everyday activity for our children. 

And what better way to encourage our kids to read, learn, and grow, than picking up a brand-new, empowering book for them to dig into!

I CAN Believe in Myself is already available for pre-order, so if you want to reserve a copy for you and your kids, click the link below:

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