The walls of my home are covered with photos of my children. A lot of those photos commemorate many of the important firsts that we, as parents, track obsessively—first bath, first day of school, first goal scored, first dance recital. I’ve tried to document as many of my children’s firsts as possible. Each of those firsts represents an essential step in growing up.
As I study the firsts I captured on film, it occurs to me that there are so many more firsts that are perhaps more essential to the process of growing up for which no one makes a decorative frame. The first time your child stands up to a bully. The first time she makes a friend of her own choosing. The first time she lets a classmate win because that other person really needs a win. There are too many of these firsts to list here, but if you look, I’d bet there is a picture book that introduces your child to these important firsts. CHICKS ROCK! is a story in that category. It’s not about the first time Rocker Chick finds her voice (although finding your voice is one of the hardest parts of growing up—so much so that some of us don’t experience that first until high school, college, or even beyond). It’s about the first time she learns to trust her own voice. Because what good is a voice or an opinion if you don’t have the confidence to share it?
I hope readers will come away from CHICKS ROCK! with the knowledge that learning to trust your voice is not something you have to do on your own. I hope they’ll see that it’s alright to hit a few wrong notes as they test their voices. I hope they’ll learn that everyone has a voice that is helpful in its own way, and it takes a lot of other voices to lift any one up.
About CHICKS ROCK!
Rocker Chick overcomes stage fright to find her voice in this rockin’ companion to CHICKS RULE!
Rocker Chick loves to jam out alone in her room. She strums her guitar and belts into her tailfeather brush. But she’s too chicken to perform for a crowd. When she’s invited to play a big show at the local barn, Rocker Chick isn’t sure she’s brave enough to take the stage. Thankfully, her peeps have her back.
Each bringing their own strengths and skills, Rocker Chick’s friends help her find her inner rock star and step into the spotlight. This celebration of courage and commitment shows just how much friendship rocks!
CHICKS ROCK! is currently available for pre-order by clicking here.
About the author
Sudipta Bardhan-Quallen is an award-winning children’s book author whose books include CHICK RULE!, THE UNITED STATES vs. JACKIE ROBINSON (2019 ALSC Notable Children’s Books List), DUCK, DUCK, MOOSE! (CBC Children’s Choice Award Finalist), TYRANNOSAURUS WRECKS! (Junior Library Guild Selection), and the PURRMAIDS chapter book series. She has visited schools and libraries for the past 15 years, talking to kids about writing, reading, and finding their voices.
Sudipta lives in Princeton, NJ with her husband, three children, and an adorable pug named Roxie. You can learn more about her and her books on her website sudipta.com.