The Empowerment Series by Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham

If you think about it, childhood is when we go through some of the steepest learning curves in life — what with learning to walk, talk, read… it’s a pretty daunting list, really. And sometimes, what everyone, much less kids, needs is a little affirmation — that pat on the back to tell them that they’re doing just fine, and a little nudge in the right direction to push them to achieve more.

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Enter Stephen Krensky and Sara Gillingham’s Empowerment Series of board books, which aim to do just that by celebrating the milestones and little victories that every child experiences while growing up, such as learning important facts about the world around them (I Know a Lot!), leaving babyhood behind (Now I Am Big!), becoming more independent (I Can Do It Myself!) and overcoming their fears (I Am So Brave!). Each spread features just a short but meaningful sentence or two, so kids will memorise the books in no time.

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I love the adorable vintage styling of the books, as well as the illustrations, which are not only bold, bright and attractive, but also completely relatable. (Bonus points for the diversity of children portrayed!) The sturdy board books are also of the perfect size and thickness for little hands to hold on their own. My three-year-old has since been proudly declaring, “I am brave, Mama!” — no prizes for guessing her favourite of the four titles, eh?

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