One for You and One for Me: The Quiet Power of Introverts

Quiet-PowerIntrovertQuiet Power:  The Secret Strengths of Introverts by Susan Cain and Gregory Mone

We are three generations of introverts here at Lit for Kids (yes, Ruth, Meghan, and even Molly).  Seems like growing up, the world was intended for those with a more extroverted personality.  But since Susan Cain burst onto the scene a few years ago and both described and celebrated being “quiet,” we realize there are many more like us. This new hot-off-the-presses book for tweens and teens is perfect for the younger generation who also feel a pressure to be outgoing at all costs.   The powerful message for young readers is acceptance for who you are and a gentle celebration of all people who prefer to approach life in a slightly more calm and deliberate way.

Quiet Power is divided into four sections: School, Socializing, Hobbies, and Home. Each section has several chapters, all pertaining to the main subject of the section. Cain gives a lot of good, practical advice, but she’s never pushy or judgmental.  Each topic covers what situations are most likely going to feel like to an introvert and how to function well within those environments. We found this book both empowering and comforting.
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QuietQuiet:  The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain

While your tweens and teens are reading about how they can channel their quiet strength, parents and teachers can dip into Susan Cain’s original ground-breaking book.  The author is a terrific spokesperson and guide to the world of introverts.  I especially enjoyed the look at the historical contributions of people like Rosa Parks, Chopin, and Dr. Seuss: introverts all.   Also fascinating to read older and newer research on these traits.  Extroverts will appreciate an understanding of their introverted friends and colleagues, too.

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