Hopeful and Insightful: Read Our Review of You Don’t Have to be Loud by Ben Brooks

Hopeful and Insightful: Read Our Review of You Don’t Have to be Loud by Ben Brooks

A positive and confidence-boosting look at what it means to be quiet – and why we should love and embrace it as part of being YOU!

Drawing on the narrative of his own life growing up as a painfully shy child, Ben Brooks explores what it is to be ‘quiet’ – what it means, what it can feel like and how we can embrace it – and debunks some of the myths about what it means to be a shy person.

Around 60% of adults identify as shy. This is just one of the facts that Ben uses to normalise shyness, outlining stories of famously shy people from the past and the present, such as Charles Darwin, David Bowie, Greta Thunberg, Rosa Parks, Beyonce and Emma Watson. This is but a small number of famous figures who grew up shy but didn’t let it get in the way of their passion and creativity.

Shy kids often have great innate skills – listening, creativity, kindness, compassion and problem-solving – so being shy or quiet is not something to outgrow but something to embrace and be proud of.

Ben Brooks is known for his bestselling and award-winning Stories for Boys Who Dare to be Different and Dare To Be Different (I’ll link to the review here), which shed a light on unhelpful gender stereotypes and shared great role models for young boys. Safe to say, Brooks is an expert on helping kids understand themselves better, and his latest book, You Don’t Have to be Loud, is no different.

In this meticulously researched book, Brooks offers readers an engaging and personal look into what it means to be shy. He examines a wide variety of topics, such as how online use can affect shyness, what it means to be an introvert and even the benefits of meditation. Brooks gives the reader many different tools, tips and tricks for making even the quietest voice shine. As a former shy child, I wish I’d had this book when I was younger.

If you have a kid who’s having trouble finding their voice, You Don’t Have to be Loud is an engaging book that gives quiet kids the tools they need to help them live up to their potential. Full of fun and interesting tips and tricks, this is an amazing asset for shy people everywhere. Recommended for ages 9+.

Buy a copy of You Don’t Have to be Loud here.

Publisher details

You Don't Have to be Loud
Author
Ben Brooks
Publisher
Hachette
Genre
Children’s Non-Fiction
Released
26 April, 2022
ISBN
9781526362872

Synopsis

For ages 9+

You Don't Have to Be Loud is a shy kid's guide to thriving in their own (quiet) way by Ben Brooks, the author of Boys Who Dare to be DifferentA positive and confidence-boosting look at what it means to be quiet - and why we should love and embrace it as part of being YOU!

Drawing on the narrative of his own life growing up as painfully shy child, Ben Brooks explores what it is to be 'quiet' - what it means, what it can feel like and how we can embrace it - and debunks some of the myths about what it means to be a shy person.

Around 60% of adults identify as 'shy' - just one of the facts that Ben uses to 'normalise' shyness, outlining stories of famously shy people from the past and the present - Charles Darwin, David Bowie, Greta Thunberg, Rosa Parks, Beyonce, Emma Watson - revealing the stories of successful adults who grew up shy but didn't let it get in the way of their passion and creativity.

Shy kids often have great innate skills - listening, creativity, kindness, compassion and problem-solving - so being shy or quiet is not something to 'outgrow' but something to embrace and be proud of.

Unique to the children's market, this book will help shy kids to thrive in their own (quiet) way ...

Ben Brooks
About the author

Ben Brooks

Ben Brooks was born in 1992 and lives in Berlin. He is the author of several books, including Grow Up and Lolito, which won the Somerset Maugham Award in 2015.

Books by Ben Brooks

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