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Kid President’s Guide to Being Awesome

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.

You can buy Kid President's book here.
You can buy Kid President’s book here.

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:

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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.

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Kid President: Declaration of Awesome

Quote from Kid President: Declaration of Awesome, Episode 1
Quote from Kid President: Declaration of Awesome, Episode 1

What do a llama, Kevin Costner, corn dogs, and Rainn Wilson all have in common?

Kid President, of course!

Many of you are familiar with the Kid President videos.  One of his most famous is his “Pep Talk” video, which is included on my Inspirational Videos for Students Pinterest Board.  You can view more of his videos by going to his site.

Kid President has just launched a television show on The Hub network.  It’s called, “Kid President: Declaration of Awesome.”  (You can see the schedule, and find out which local channel is The Hub here.) One of the show’s producers is Rainn Wilson – yep, this guy.  The first episode premiered last Saturday, June 21, 2014.  Don’t worry if you missed it, though.  You can view the full video here.

In the premier, Kid President investigates the concept of “heroes.” He interviews Kevin Costner for some insight, and then features a pair of girls who are great friends working for a cause.  As the short (about 22 min.) episode progresses, Kid President starts revising his “Wall of Heroes” to include real-life examples, rather than superheroes like corn dogs who accidentally got dipped in radioactive grease.  Kid President asks the viewer, “Who would you put on your Wall of Heroes?”  This reminds me of the Dream Team project my students do.

There are many quotable moments in the episode.  One of my favorite lines, which is simple but true, comes from Kid President himself, “If you want to be awesome, treat people awesome.”  Definitely great words to live by!

Kid President Medal of Awesome

Kid President

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Sometimes I really feel like I live under a rock.  How have I not ever run across “Kid President” before?  This kid totally cracks me up!  First of all, take a look at the screen shot above from his website. I love his party motto, and the “Paid for by My Mom” logo.  He has a series of videos linked to his YouTube channel from his website, but if you are going to watch only one, please, please, please watch his “Pep Talk” video.  Afterwards, you will definitely feel motivated to “create something to make the world awesome!” (And be sure to watch all the way to the end for even more inspiration.)

I’ve embedded the video below, and here is a Quietube link to it.  Of course, you can also visit Kid President’s YouTube channel to view that video and more.

If you are interested in more inspirational videos for students, you might want to visit my Pinterest board or my post on my favorites (though, to be honest, most of them are a lot more serious than this one!)