When I'm the President

Dreaming is Believing

Children - Picture Book
35 Pages
Reviewed on 04/12/2024
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Author Biography

With a lack of role models and societal support, I overcame gender barriers to become the first female urological surgeon in my State. I have authored the Inspirational Careers for Kids Picture Book Series to inspire the next generation of leaders, smash glass ceilings, and normalise women in traditionally male-dominated careers. This series will show children how to Dream Big and Aim High.
Girls' levels of ambition and self-confidence are impacted by gender stereotypes as early as age six. Instilling leadership qualities in the early years builds confident, resilient children who can navigate challenges, build positive relationships, and shape their destinies. Research shows that countries that provide an environment for women and girls to participate equitably in politics and public life are more inclusive, peaceful, stable and have higher economic growth.

    Book Review

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.