Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves is the type of book that I’d like to see on the bookshelf of every girl in America. Kate T. Parker takes the images and statements of girls of different ages, and promotes them living their lives and showing what they are good at. From sports and science, to writing and just running around and being a kid, the girls in Strong is the New Pretty are photographed being themselves, and it makes all the difference.
The quotes in the book range from heartbreaking looks at girls who have risen up from the loss of family to the hilarious smile of a little girl at the age of 7 with so much joy that you cannot help but smile while looking at her image. Strong is the New Pretty is highly inclusive, with multiple races and walks of life being represented. This isn’t a book that highlights one community over another. Parker does an excellent job of trying to creating a book that gives girls a chance to see a reflection of themselves in the pages. The book includes quotes from successful women and does an incredible job of getting the message across that girls are precious an important.
Strong is the New Pretty: A Celebration of Girls Being Themselves by Kate T. Parker is available in March from Workman Publishing Company.