Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different 2 by Ben Brooks

Publisher Quercus Publishing

ISBN 9781787476554

Price: $39.99

In a world where there is an ongoing crisis with regards to young men and mental health, this book Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different 2 is a place where young people can read and learn that there is no right way to be a man, only the way you feel is best.

This book is filled with over 100 stories about men who have made a difference in the world whether it be a small gesture of kindness or a large impact on the creation of artwork or technology.

On each double page spread is an illustration by Quinton Winter, a short blurb then an easy to read page of information about the persons history and positive influence they have had on the world.

There were many men I had never heard on but they all touched my heart. Stories about men from hundreds of years ago until the present day are contained in this book and they are all inspirational in their own way.

Children of all ages will enjoying reading about acts of kindness such as the story of Ivan Fernandez Anaya, the creative storytelling of James Matthew Barrie that still helps children in a hospital in England today and the bravery of activists like Xiuhtezcatl Martinez, Richard and Cherry Kearton and Sherif and Tarek Hosny who are fighting to save animals, plants and the climate.

There is a story in here for everyone and it really goes to show how important real actions are rather than just photos on social media. We know social media has a huge impact on our young children AND by showing them this book they can see that people who do make a difference aren’t the ones who are ‘influencers’ but rather the ones who act.

Teachers can use this in the classroom to study people and inspire action. Parents can use this to read at night to show their children that they are worthwhile, they can make a difference and kindness in all of its different forms counts more than anything else.

Stories for Boys who Dare to be Different 2 by Ben Brooks and illustrated by Quinton Winter is a must have book to inspire children – and even adults to do what they can to make the world a better place.


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