Based on the Push Through movement that inspires kids worldwide, this is an empowering, energetic, and all-inclusive picture book that celebrates resilience in the face of adversity.
Hold your head high. No matter what stands in the way of your dreams, remember this: YOU can push through anything! If someone tells you it’s too hard, don’t you ever listen. You tell them, “I’m gonna push through!”
Inspired by a mantra written for her third-grade students, Jasmyn Wright’s uplifting call to “push through” is an invitation to young readers to announce their own power and to recognize and reaffirm that of others, regardless of setbacks. Her empowering words not only lift children up, but show them how to lift themselves up and seize their potential.
Jasmyn Wright is the founder of the Push Through Organization and a former elementary school teacher. She began her teaching career at a Title 1 school in Memphis, Tennessee, as a member of Teach for America. More recently, she taught at a charter school in Wilmington, Delaware, and was chosen to be a Teachers for Global Classrooms Fellow. Visit the Push Through Organization at WePushThrough.org.
Shannon Wright is an illustrator and cartoonist living in Richmond, Virginia. Her work has been published by The New York Times, Time magazine, Mother Jones, and Google. She is also the illustrator of My Mommy Medicine by Edwidge Danticat. During the summer, Shannon coteaches a comics course at Virginia Commonwealth University. Visit her at Shannon-Wright.com.
To God, who is my ultimate source and strength. To my mom and grandmom, who nurture the creativity of my gifts. To my dad and older brother, whose personalities and humor help me push through. To my younger, autistic brother Julian, whose energy and spirit light up ANY space. To all of my students, who helped bring this message to life. To anybody in the world struggling to see their strength because it’s clouded by the barrier of doubt, just know that you too can Push Through!
For Riverview Elementary School and Broad Rock Elementary School