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  • 03/2024
  • 978-1-922675-16-3
  • 35 pages
  • $13.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2024
  • 978-1-922675-16-3
  • 35 pages
  • $13.99
Samantha Pillay
Author
When I'm the President

From Classroom to Congress: Every Girl, Every Dream, Every Office.

When I'm the President is not just a book; it's a catalyst for change, breaking down barriers and paving the way for a future where every girl believes in her ability to lead and shape the world. Embark on a transformative journey with the fourth installment in the Inspirational Careers for Kids picture book series. This visionary book is not just a narrative; it's a series of affirmations carefully crafted to empower young girls to envision themselves as leaders, whether in politics, public service, or as the future President of the United States. As the pages unfold,

Reviews
Catherine P. - NetGalley

"Its never to late for dreams. Children like to dream about what they want to be when they growup. They always say they want to be a doctor or president of the US, fireman, policeman and the list goes on and on. Its great for kids to have.dreams. this book just talks about that beautifully! Its a great read and I have a good feeling the children will love this book. Read rebook to the kids and see what kind of discussion will happen. Kids love that. Its a great way to get your child to discuss such topics."

Kimberly Mitchem-Rasmussen Founder and President, Girls in Politics Initiative

"'When I'm the President' is a precious and impactful gift to girls that reinforces presidential aspirations and articulates the fundamental values we seek in our leaders, like attentive listening, accountability, honesty, fairness, and a commitment to safeguarding citizens' freedoms. In just fifteen affirmations, this essential read succinctly communicates the virtues of a strong leader that children can envision in themselves."

Abigail P, Librarian - NetGalley

This book has a great way for showing girls that they can be anything! Full of optimism, I will definitely be reading this book to my daughter. After I read the book, I sent the title of the entire series to our Children's Librarian so she can order them for the collection. A must read!

Beth G, Educator - NetGalley

I was curious about this book and how they would approach the subject of becoming president. This little girl dreams of becoming President one day and when she does she list the things that she will do when that day comes. She will listen carefully to people. Answer questions. Be honest. Make rules that are fair. Uphold our freedoms. Create opportunities. Solve difficult problems. Lead in a crisis. Give your courage. Keep people safe. Look after our country. Build world peace. Protect the planet. Make the world a better place. Bring you hope. All these things are great goals for a president to have. The illustrations were very pretty and added to the story.

Beth H. - NetGalley

"This is an idealist book about what a president should do. The illustrations are eye catching and the sentiments are very positive. The book would be a sold conversation starter for preschool-aged students. It will be a good addition to both preschool and home libraries."

Blessing O. - NetGalley

This is an inspiring children's book. It is short, descriptive and colourful. I love the female character and her aspirations. Thank you, Netgalley for sharing this book with me. My girls liked it

Caroline "Carlee" M - NetGalley

This was a sweet read for children. It felt very age appropriate and helpful for children navigating the presidential election, as well as to inspire children to think about working in politics. I loved the pictures and the words. This is an excellent children’s book! 

Christine M - NetGalley

I love the energy from this story! I can read it to my kids and feel the empowerment radiating in them and on each page. I am so glad it has a companion activity book to help foster the idea of reaching for your dreams as president. This is perfect for the 2024 election cycle even though female representation is lacking in the candidates on both isles, it does not have to lack in the hearts and imaginations of children around the country! Beautiful story and looking forward to reading more from her book series.

Dominique P - NetGalley

This was such a precious beautifully illustrated book about the important roles and assignments you take on as a president.
I loved that the gender was reversed because it opens up curiosity to dream. I look forward to reading more books from this author.

DoulceAmour - Amazon

This was such a precious beautifully illustrated book about the important roles and assignments you take on as a president. I loved that the gender was reversed because it opens up curiosity to dream. I look forward to reading more books from this author

Elizabeth W, Librarian

This simple aspirational book for little girls has beautiful pictures and a lovely message. A good simple message for younger readers.

Ellwyn Autumn, Pre-School Teacher, professional reviewer

This book is a first person narrative of one young woman possessing the desired traits citizens look for in effective leaders. These types of leaders bring about progressive change for everyone regardless of their background.

When I’m the President is the latest installment in The Inspirational Careers for Kids book series. It packs a powerful diplomatic punch that many of today’s leaders should take to heart.

In 2020 the United States of America finally voted its first female vice president into office. It was a historical moment for little girls everywhere. It was a momentous day for the little girls who grew up dreaming of seeing a woman in high office. I was one of them.

Sadly, since that day, more attacks on women’s rights have taken place leaving our spirits and bodies vulnerable.

Instead of recognizing the crucial role women play in society, we are witnessing ongoing assaults on women and girls’ rights.

The book refocuses the lens on how crucial respected women are to a healthy society. It provides a spotlight on how little girls can still achieve great things.

One might say this is a call to action for leaders of the world to step up and do the right thing for everyone no matter their race, religion, gender, or cultural background.

The book is intended for young children but citizens of all ages would benefit from reading and reflecting on the aspirational traits the president in this story possesses. Traits like honesty, courage, active listening, and problem-solving that parents and educators strive to instill in children.

The female characters break down gender norms through the clothes they wear and the professions where they work. The main character is a female President of the United States. There are female Secret Service Agents and male and female advisors to the president.

The president motivates a diverse population from different cultures to strive for greatness as a united front. She is a role model for youngsters, an example for aspiring politicians to remember they have a duty to public service that includes the environment and everything in it.

The text of the story is affirmational but concise. Ramesh Ram’s bright illustrations bolsters the text with images of confident women in powerful roles. My favorite illustration is the map of the United States that has an array of diverse people from all corners of the world.

Erica W. - NetGalley

"When I'm the President," the fourth installment in the Inspirational Careers for Kids picture book series, is a vibrant and impactful read that transcends the boundaries of traditional children's literature. Authored by Samantha Pillay, this book serves as a powerful catalyst for change, meticulously designed to dismantle barriers and foster a belief in the limitless potential of leadership among young girls. With a clear focus on inspiring future leaders, Pillay's narrative is interwoven with affirmations that encourage readers to envision themselves in roles of significant influence, particularly in politics and public service.


One of the book's most commendable features is its beautiful and diverse illustrations, which not only capture the imagination but also reflect the world's rich tapestry of cultures and communities. These illustrations play a critical role in reinforcing the book's message of inclusivity and representation, making it evident that leadership is attainable for every girl, regardless of her background.


"When I'm the President" goes beyond simple storytelling by embedding essential leadership qualities within its pages, making it a meaningful resource for instilling resilience, empathy, and the drive to effect positive change. This book is not merely a narrative but a series of purposeful affirmations that act as a beacon for young minds, guiding them towards a future where dreams are not just dreams but achievable realities.


This book is highly recommended for parents, educators, and mentors looking to inspire young girls to break through the glass ceiling and see themselves as future leaders. It's particularly suited for readers in the middle grade category, who are at a pivotal age for forming their perceptions of themselves and their potential roles in society.


"When I'm the President" is more than a book; it's an investment in a future where every girl believes she can lead and shape the world, making it an essential addition to every young reader's library.

Farah G - Goodreads

This is a wonderful introduction for children regarding what the responsibilities of a President should be towards his or her constituents and fellow citizens. The most important aspects of leadership are held up to indicate what the qualities of a good president might be. …., this is an important little book for children to read. The icing on the cake is the diversity element which is handled well, with really nice accompanying illustrations. Highly recommended.

Hilary F. - NetGalley

This was a great, age appropriate book about all of the positive things a woman can do as President. I love the idea of the entire series for teaching children to strive for their dreams no matter how big and to do them with integrity. Great book and great illustrations!

Jan T. - NetGalley

"This book presents an ideal of what political leaders ought to be in the sense that leading honestly from the front is the way to do it. Very well done!
"Only 26.5% of parliamentarians are women worldwide."
"Believe you can, and you're halfway there." Theodore Roosevelt as quoted in this book
The illustrations by Remesh Ram are clear, imaginative, colorful, and informative.
Well suited for reading WITH someone of any age including ESL, and great for gifting to anyone, but especially to a school or your local public library!."

Jennifer G - NetGalley

It was clear but simple. Can you imagine if we had a president who really thought, planned, and acted like that?! A great children’s book with a promise of hope

Joy R, Librarian - NetGalley

"You had me at "When"! Positively written and beautifully illustrated. When she becomes president, she will listen, be honest, fair, she believes in freedom, opportunities, safety, courage, world peace, gives hope and cares about the environment. I would definitely add this book to my child's library collection."

Joyce - Goodreads

You had me at "When"! Positively written and beautifully illustrated. When she becomes president, she will listen, be honest, fair, she believes in freedom, opportunities, safety, courage, world peace, gives hope and cares about the environment. I would definitely add this book to my child's library collection.

Julia (Jules) N - Goodreads

I really enjoyed this book. I loved how it teaches young girls that they can grow up to become anything -- even a president. I thought the story was easy to follow and I also enjoyed the illustrations. I Highly recommend this book for librarians, parents, and teachers to purchase for their collection.

Julie Maleski - Goodreads

What an absolutely perfect children's book! I requested this advanced reader's copy to see if it might be something I could share with my niece and nephew... And I certainly will be doing just that! This book's theme is centered on empowerment, breaking barriers, and allowing little girls and children to envision themselves in a big, world-changing position, like the President of the United States. Not only does the book open a child's eyes to see herself in this role, but it helps to teach children the traits of a good leader -- like hope, fairness, equal representation,

honesty, solving problems, listening, and having good communication. The book's style is simple, so it's an easy read at bedtime for young children. Its sentences also leave plenty of room for discussions, to share more personal stories between parents and children. The illustrations are beautifully done and are fun to look at too. I would highly recommend this book to ANYONE with young children who are curious, who have big dreams, or who need a reminder that the sky is the limit when it comes to their dreams for their futures

Karla A - NetGalley

I loved this book. As a boy mom its my responsibility to raise my son right and I think this book portrays the changes in society and that women can do anything. I would love to purchase this for my son and read it to him soon!

Kate B, Librarian - NetGalley

This is the first I've seen of this series but it's definitely one I'm going to look into ordering for my library. A lot of kids books are written as informational, it's about the specific job that the book covers. With this book, it seemed inspirational, not only could it inspire kids to really think about themselves in this role, but it also could lead them to take personal ownership over the ideas that are discussed in the book and do what they can to enact them. I absolutely loved the full color illustrations. With such simple text you could use it as a read-aloud with younger kids, with older kids it could be used as a jumping off point for discussion and/or essay writing.

Kitty B. - NetGalley

When I’m the President is an essential read for young girls and anyone invested in nurturing leadership qualities from an early age. It’s a call to action, urging us to invest in a future where every girl can confidently say, “When I’m the President.”

Lisa Davidson - Goodreads

This was a sweet but serious book about what you can do when you become president. Our hero in the story uses her position to help people by communicating and treating people with respect and kindness. The tone is so upbeat and the pictures are gorgeous!

Mary Ellen - Amazon

My favorite of the four book series of which I've read two. I absolutely loved that everything being taught can be done whether you are President or not. The story can easily be read aloud. The illustrations are lovely. They warrant a look by themselves. I read the book, then flipped happily through enjoying each picture. The color palette is warm and inviting. I would gift this to a teacher, young person, nursery, and or a Sunday School class.

Mary P. - NetGalley

My favorite of the four book series of which I've read two. I absolutely loved that everything being taught can be done whether you are President or not. The story can easily be read aloud.

The illustrations are lovely. They warrant a look by themselves. I read the book, then flipped happily through enjoying each picture. The color palette is warm and inviting.

I would gift this to a teacher, young person, nursery, and or a Sunday School class.

Olivia P, Educator - NetGalley

This book was amazing! I loved the author's writing. It was an amazing storyline that I got to follow. The characters were developed in such a natural way. I would love to read this to my students and my family members.

Would absolutely recommend to all, especially those with littles!

Pam - Goodreads

Part of her Inspirational Careers for Kids series. Readers see a young woman talk about what she will do when she is the United States President. They will connect with her messages of inclusion, peace and support. The text is simple to follow and elementary level readers will be able to read to themselves or with others. The illustrations capture the ideas and flesh out the text. Terrific for a family read aloud to encourage children to dream and think of ways to be part of community.

Pamela G, Librarian - NetGalley

"Readers see a young woman talk about what she will do when she is the United States President. They will connect with her messages of inclusion, peace and support. The text is simple to follow and elementary level readers will be able to read to themselves or with others. The illustrations capture the ideas and flesh out the text. Terrific for a family read aloud to encourage children to dream and think of ways to be part of community."

Rashmi Agrawal - Goodreads

Samantha Pillay's "When I'm the President" is an absolute gem of a children's book that will undoubtedly capture the hearts and imaginations of young readers everywhere. This charming and thought-provoking read paints a vivid picture of a young girl's vision for her presidency, brimming with aspirations for positive change and a deep desire to make the world a better place. One of the book's greatest strengths lies in its unwavering commitment to inclusivity, skillfully woven throughout the narrative. In our beautifully diverse world, it's crucial for children's literature to reflect the importance of embracing differences and fostering empathy, and "When I'm the President" achieves this remarkably well. The protagonist's vision for her presidency is rooted in equality and understanding, making it a relatable and inspiring tale for all. But this book isn't your traditional narrative – instead, it's a dynamic visual representation of the young girl's dreams and aspirations for her future leadership role. This unique approach allows little readers to engage with the content in an imaginative and interactive way, encouraging them to think outside the box about their own potential and the positive impact they can have on their communities. The vibrant illustrations are an absolute delight, complementing the text with warmth and charm. From scenes of community engagement to images of environmental stewardship, each page is a feast for the eyes, capturing the essence of the girl's vision in a way that will undoubtedly captivate and inspire young readers. Pillay's choice of quotes is both empowering and thought-provoking, offering a glimpse into the qualities and values that define effective leadership. Through these quotes, the book encourages children to cultivate qualities such as empathy, resilience, and compassion, instilling in them a sense of purpose and possibility from an early age. Without a doubt, children will absolutely love "When I'm the President." It's a standout addition to children's literature, offering a compelling blend of inclusivity, inspiration, and visual appeal that will resonate with young readers for years to come. Whether read aloud in classrooms or enjoyed at home, this book is sure to spark important conversations about leadership, diversity, and the power of imagination – all while delighting and enchanting its young audience.

Reviewed by Kristine Zimmerman for Readers’ Favorite

Girl power is evident throughout the pages of Dr. Samantha Pillay's book When I'm the President: Dreaming is Believing. Each spread identifies an important aspect of being the president. The values necessary for a leader to have -- honesty, listening, problem-solving, and promoting world peace -- are highlighted. The president is a woman who is surrounded by other women in prominent roles. Children are often told that they can be anything they want to be, but seldom do they see actual role models depicted in picture books. Young children are visual learners so seeing women as the predominant characters with influential careers is empowering

Dr. Samantha Pillay states that one of her goals is to create books that break career gender stereotypes. When I'm the President fulfills that goal admirably. Not only is the president a woman but her advisors are also pictured as female. The illustrations by Remesh Ram are eye-catching and vivid. They showcase a diverse cast of people and also many iconic American monuments. I enjoyed seeing the portrait of Ruth Bader Ginsburg in the Oval Office! Kids soak up so much information through all sorts of media, so filling their world with examples of strong female leadership is vital. In addition to being empowering for girls, the character traits that make for an inspiring and worthwhile leader are illustrated in ways that kids can understand. They will be encouraged to emulate the characteristics that make a great leader, no matter where their path takes them. When I'm the President is a must for every school and public library shelf.

Reviewer 1040094

"This book is a series of affirmations for young girls designed to empower them to become leaders. The affirmations are short and simple, but powerful and meaningful. This book is easy to understand and provides plenty of discussion opportunities about how to create positive change. The illustrations are bright and bold and fit the story perfectly."

Reviewer 1248635 - NetGalley

Inspiring children’s book with great lessons on what makes a good leader and building hope for our future. The illustrations paired perfectly with this read.

Reviewer 1290350 - NetGalley

I absolutely loved this book. Not only is it teaching young girls that a woman WILL be president one day, it's also reinforcing the type of country that our children deserve. The illustrations are vibrant and attractive for children and the messaging is spot on!

S. W. - Amazon

This was such a powerful yet sweet book. The illustrations, the different scenes and details. Beautifully done. I loved how not only did this book talk about the good qualities a leader should have, but it also showed all of the different types of people and concerns people have. This book shows that you can be anything you desire but that you can do it all with good character and being mindful of the needs of everyone else. This is a gift I would give to all my nieces

Sara K - NetGalley

We love this book! My three year old daughter wanted to read it again! The illustrations were great and I felt like all of the bases are covered as to what would make a good president.

Sierra W - NetGalley

"This was such a powerful yet sweet book. The illustrations, the different scenes and details. Beautifully done.

I loved how not only did this book talk about the good qualities a leader should have, but it also showed all of the different types of people and concerns people have. This book shows that you can be anything you desire but that you can do it all with good character and being mindful of the needs of everyone else.

This is a gift I would give to all my nieces."

Summer B, Reviewer - NetGalley

Cute book. I like the message that was given. I was hoping for a little bit of factual information in the book.

Terri D, Reviewer - NetGalley

This is a cute children's book that tackles what a good politician works towards during their career. I like that it provides all the ways that a president can provide for the country without making anything one-sided and political. I also enjoy the cuteness of the illustrations and I know that children will love reading this one.

The Literary Apothecary - Amazon

This book serves as a powerful catalyst for change, meticulously designed to dismantle barriers and foster a belief in the limitless potential of leadership among young girls. With a clear focus on inspiring future leaders, Pillay's narrative is interwoven with affirmations that encourage readers to envision themselves in roles of significant influence, particularly in politics and public service. One of the book's most commendable features is its beautiful and diverse illustrations, which not only capture the imagination but also reflect the world's rich tapestry of cultures and communities. These illustrations play a critical role in reinforcing the book's message of inclusivity and representation, making it evident that leadership is attainable for every girl, regardless of her background. "When I'm the President" goes beyond simple storytelling by embedding essential leadership qualities within its pages, making it a meaningful resource for instilling resilience, empathy, and the drive to effect positive change. This book is not merely a narrative but a series of purposeful affirmations that act as a beacon for young minds, guiding them towards a future where dreams are not just dreams but achievable realities. This book is highly recommended for parents, educators, and mentors looking to inspire young girls to break through the glass ceiling and see themselves as future leaders. It's particularly suited for readers in the middle grade category, who are at a pivotal age for forming their perceptions of themselves and their potential roles in society. "When I'm the President" is more than a book; it's an investment in a future where every girl believes she can lead and shape the world, making it an essential addition to every young reader's library.

Tomas Reads - NetGalley

Amazing!!!! The story is simple enough to captivate kids this age but conveys such an important message - and the illustrations are top-tier. The way the phrases are structured ('When I'm the President...") really help the child with visualising what it's like to be a great leader. Very important in today's world.

Whitney P - Amazon

I love the message in When I'm the President. It shows that it is possible for a girl to grow up to be President and also gives good leadership qualities a person of leadership should have. The illustrations are very colorful and vibrant and draw your eyes around the page. Girls need more books like this to see they can be anything they want to be.

Whitney P, Reviewer

I love the message in When I'm the President. It shows that it is possible for a girl to grow up to be President and also gives good leadership qualities a person of leadership should have. The illustrations are very colorful and vibrant and draw your eyes around the page. Girls need more books like this to see they can be anything they want to be.

News
03/28/2024
When I'm the President Activity Book

Discover the companion Activity and Coloring Book. Visit the website to download free sample coloring pages and word search.

Formats
Paperback Details
  • 03/2024
  • 978-1-922675-16-3
  • 35 pages
  • $13.99
Paperback Details
  • 03/2024
  • 978-1-922675-16-3
  • 35 pages
  • $13.99
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