We are so happy to share with you about Laurie Hernandez’s picture book, She’s Got This!. HarperCollins Children’s Books sent us a copy a few days ago. The story is so heartwarming and inspirational, and my son and I have been reading it almost every morning.
She’s Got This tells the story of Zoe, a little girl who dreams of flying—and becoming a gymnast. She enrolled in a school, and almost instantly realized that gymnastics was something she loved doing. She was so good at it too, and enjoyed practicing so much. When she falls for the first time off the balance beam, she was ashamed, scared and didn’t want to try again. Her parents and siblings shared with her great anecdotes about their own falls and how they stood up again, that inspired her to go back to practice the next day and see every fall as a way to learn something and grow.
The message behind the story is as simple and beautiful as this, You always have to get back up and try again, and you always have to believe in yourself. A great book for kids age 4 – 8 years old, to start a conversation about resilience and chasing dreams no matter the struggles you can find.
Laurie Hernandez’s career was affected in 2014, when her progress was stalled due to multiple injuries. She returned stronger than ever by becoming the 2015 US junior national champion!
We have been seeing and reading more about Laurie lately. It make us proud to connect in almost everything she stands for as a Latina and athlete, so we wanted to share this book with you too because we believe it’s a great one to add to your children’s book collection.