My students and I are huge fans of Kid President. They love his videos and beg to watch them repeatedly. I’m okay with that. Kid President is a great role model, and his giggle makes it absolutely impossible to be grumpy.
KP (Robby Novak) recently published a book with his videographer/brother-in-law, Brad Montague, Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome. My students insisted that this was a necessary classroom resource, so I ordered it. It arrived just in time for a field trip for my 3rd-5th graders that involved an hour-long bus ride. The book was happily passed around during the entire trip.
The book is colorful and full of pictures. It includes monologues from some of KP’s videos and interviews he has done with celebrities. Many awesome people, including a large number of youths, are featured in the book. The book is not dry and preachy, though. Every page is motivational and includes typical KP humor. Kid President’s advice to make the world more awesome ranges from, “Give the world a reason to dance,” (#62) to “Put tape on your nose,” (#63). Other great words of wisdom are #70, “Gather your friends, dress up like superheroes, and do someone’s yard work,” and #82, “Give out handmade awards.”
Of course my favorite Kid President advice is #87:
Kid President goes on to say, “We are convinced that if you want to change a community, it starts in a classroom.”
To stay organized, there is a handy checklist in the back of the book to help you keep track of your awesomeness. Also included is a “A New Pep Talk.” Kid President recently uploaded a video inviting fans to make their own videos of the “New Pep Talk,” and send them in for possible inclusion on an upcoming special. (Submissions are due April 23, 2015.)
I would recommend this book for any classroom. Kids and adults of all ages seem to love Kid President. I also think it would be a great book to consider as a graduation gift. Parents might purchase one for home and discuss with their children which section to read each night.
I’m definitely adding this book to my “Books for Gifted Students – Or any Child Who Loves to Learn” Pinterest Board. You might also want to check out my “Inspirational Videos for Students” board, which includes many Kid President videos as well as other great resources.