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40 pages

Pub Date

Oct 6, 2021



Age 5+

You Can!

By Alexandra Strick
Illustrated by Steve Antony

A picture book full of inspiration and empowerment – real children contribute their hopes and dreams for the future

YOU brave, challenge yourself, overcome your fears, be kind, be YOU!

Come on an amazing journey with 14 children as they grow from birth to 18 years old, learning new skills, exploring new worlds, standing up for their own and others' rights - and following their dreams.

Created with real children, who sent messages of empathy, reassurance and hope, You Can! will inspire young people of all ages to be empowered and believe in themselves.

This is a ground-breaking book from author and co-founder of Inclusive Minds, Alexandra Strick, with an astonishing, visual narrative by international picture book star, Steve Antony.



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"A joyous ode to inclusion, realised in the most delightful, uplifting way."

Cerrie Burnell

"A masterclass in empowering young readers to believe in themselves."

Fiona Noble - The Bookseller

"Joyous and empowering...the fact that the text was suggested by children themselves makes it extra special."

Malorie Blackman


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Steve Antony


Steve is an award-winning writer and illustrator of 20 picture books and best known for his ongoing Mr Panda series which has sold over 1 million copies worldwide. His other books include the award-winning modern classic The Queen’s Hat, Unplugged, Amazing and Green Lizards Vs Red Rectangles. Steve also illustrated the all-new Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (adapted by Peter Bently), Tim Minchin’s When I Grow Up and a 70th anniversary cover of The Famous Five. He has contributed work towards LGBTQ+ anthology Proud, Drawing Europe Together and Kind. Steve is Swindon Libraries Patron to Children’s Reading Services, an ambassador for the National Literacy Trust and a committee member of The Society of Author’s Children’s Writers and Illustrators Group. He lives in South West England with his husband and cat.

Alexandra Strick


Alexandra has a passion for ensuring children have a real voice and genuine representation. Having worked both with young people and in children’s books (including managing the national Bookstart programme), she now devotes her time to writing and consulting on great books that include all children. She’s co-author ofMax the Champion (with Sean Stockdale and Ros Asquith). She’s co-founder of Outside In World (supporting children’s books in translation) and consultant to BookTrust. And as co-founder of Inclusive Minds, she’s particularly proud to have set up a network of Inclusion Ambassadors – young people with lived experience who share their knowledge with book creators.


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