The GICB presents a list of indie books whose primary theme is empowerment. Some books may represent the other themes (eco-conscious, diversity, multicultural) as well and will have a correlating star listed.
by Mariana Llanos
Tristan Wolf is a finalist of the 2013 Reader’s Favorite Awards, a 2013 Gittle List Winner, and an IPNE Book Awards 2016 Finalist!
There is never a dull moment in Tristan’s life! Abandoned as a baby, he was raised by wolves and speaks the language of the forest creatures. But at eight years old, he discovers the truth – he’s not an animal, he’s a human! Despite his wolf mother’s warnings, he sets out to find out how others like him live. He makes friends with a hungry coyote who agrees to take him to a farm where humans live – if he will reward his “kindness” with some tasty chickens. But Tristan’s mission leads him into trouble, and fast! He encounters a lot of nervous chickens, a worried ex-race horse, and a group of panicked pigs that will make his journey even more exciting.
This is a great piece of children’s literature for kids who love adventures! With its fun story line, and intriguing illustrations, this book is sure is to become one of your kid’s favorite children’s books!
By Mariana Llanos
What happens when a young girl discovers her parents have a superpower? Wait! There’s more: She’ll have it too when she turns eighteen! But… what is this special power that will make her country and city a better place to live? Read this fun and imaginative story and guess what makes grownups super-special! A superpower for me is a book to talk about government and civics in the classroom or at home. A nonfiction section follows the story, with interesting facts about American government. Daria Tarawneh’s dreamy and lively illustrations turn an ordinary kitchen into a colorful explosion of imagination. Mariana Llanos light prose and ability to see–even complicated adult issues–through the eyes of a child, make of this a winning story that might empower young leaders and help create civic consciousness.