Dare To Be Me (Hardcover)

Dare To Be Me By Nathan Meckel, Kaci Bolls, Ana Larrañaga (Illustrator) Cover Image

Dare To Be Me (Hardcover)


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Dare to be Me contains text and rhythm worthy of a song—this book will help children cultivate the courage to be their truest selves!

Today’s a blank page, a plain white Tee 
I wake up brave and I dare to be me

Dare to be Me gives children the courage to face the world as their truest, most fantastic and authentic, selves. With text and rhythm by Kaci Bolls & Nathan Meckel, and vibrant illustrations by Ana Martín Larrañaga, this start-your-day story will help readers brave the most essential part of every day: being yourself, and nobody else.

Nathan Meckel’s music appears on dozens of albums, 7-week itunes #1, and in over 40 films & television shows. He’s performed at Lincoln Center & co-written songs for kids with children’s authors Peter Reynolds, Susan Verde, and Barbara Joosse. "Dare To Be Me," co-written with Kaci Bolls, reached #1 on SiriusXM’s KPL and was featured in Malcolm Gladwell’s podcast, “Revisionist History.” He’s also an award-winning music video director and co-founder of the film production company, Stereophonic Films.

Kaci Bolls M.Ed was recognized in 2021 as one of Metro Nashville TN's top elementary teachers of the year. She is a children’s music artist with multiple SiriusXM top 10 hits including the #1 song “Dare to Be Me,” which was licensed by Malcolm Gladwell for his podcast “Revisionist History.” Prior to becoming a rock-star kindergarten teacher, Kaci spent over a decade working with country music's finest musicians and songwriters as a session and backup singer and songwriter. Kaci lives in Nashville, Tennessee, with her husband and their two bird dog brothers.

Ana Larrañaga was born in San Sebastian, Spain, and grew up in the countryside of Castilla, in a huge family, surrounded by cousins and animals. At school, she drew little stories on every possible piece of paper. In Salamanca, where she studied Fine Arts, teachers told her to draw very big things. When she finished her studies, she returned to her small drawings and became an award-winning illustrator. Ana lives in Germany with her husband, three sons, and one cat. She likes swimming in the sea in the summer and knitting in winter.

Product Details ISBN: 9781685557478
ISBN-10: 1685557473
Publisher: The Collective Book Studio
Publication Date: September 12th, 2023
Pages: 32
Language: English
"An extraordinary and unreservedly recommended addition to family, daycare center, preschool, elementary school, and community library Self-Esteem & Emotions themed picture book collections."
Midwest Book Review

"Insightful and fun as it encourages self-expression, creativity, and living an authentic life, Dare to Be Me is a delightful picture book that celebrates the uniqueness of every child."
Foreword Reviews

"Perfectly imperfect illustrations with a solid message of self, spunk & sunshine, told in a snappy, happy rhyme! Dare to Be Me is validating & empowering!"
— Jen Jones, Hello Literacy

"Dare To Be Me celebrates self-identity and individuality in the most colorfully delightful way!"
— Shannon Olsen, author of best-selling books Our Class is a Family and A Letter From Your Teacher

"From the pages of a sweet children’s book... your little ones will find it within themselves to power through with positive vibes."
— Nanny Miss Monique, Childcare Industry Influencer and Early Literacy Advocate

"A celebration of affirmation and one of a kind identity and uniqueness!"
— Jesica Sweedler DeHart, Librarian, Book Reviewer, and Influencer 

"A sweet new book with a heartfelt message."
— Barney Saltzberg, author of Beautiful Oops