What is free speech and why is it so special? Your Voice is Your Superpower tells you why your voice matters and how you can use it and also why we must protect everyone’s right to free speech.
Everyone loves superheroes. Who doesn't? They're super! Some of them can fly. Some are strong. Some can become invisible. And some wear capes. But the thing that really makes them super is that they help people and change the world. And guess what? You have a superpower inside you.
Your VOICE is your superpower.
And because of a thing called freedom of speech, with that voice, you can express yourself, you can help people, and you can change the world.
Now, more than ever, teaching children the value of free speech is essential to raising smart, engaged citizens. Knowing the value of free speech allows children to courageously share what they think and believe, whether it’s with their family, friends, or their elected officials. Learning about the value of free speech also teaches children the importance of being good listeners, even if it means listening to points of view that differ from their own.
In Your Voice is Your Superpower, father-daughter duo Jessica and Sandy Bohrer team up to teach children the importance of free speech and why it is essential for maintaining a functioning democracy. Your Voice is Your Superpower provides the perfect stepping-stone for parents looking to teach their children more about their First Amendment rights in an easy, appealing way. This fun, colorful book proves that the first step to raising engaged, courageous children–and in turn, raising a new generation of superheroes–starts at home.
A portion of proceeds will be donated to the Committee to Protect Journalists.
"The First Amendment gives us superpowers! What a terrific way to help kids understand why they are free to say and write what they think. This engaging story is perfect for young readers and maybe a few parents, too."
--Kathleen Carroll, Chair of the Board of the Committee to Protect Journalists
About the Author
Jessica Bohrer has been protecting and empowering journalists for over a decade. She is Vice President and Editorial Counsel in the newsroom at Forbes. She serves on the Leadership Council of the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ), a non-profit which promotes press freedom and defends the rights of journalists. She also provides pro bono support to journalists working with the International Senior Lawyers Project. Prior to joining Forbes, Jessica worked to protect journalists at the PBS flagship station in New York, WNET on programs such as NewsHour Weekend and Women, War & Peace.
Sandy Bohrer is a leading First Amendment lawyer. Over the past four decades, he has represented publishers and broadcasters in scores of lawsuits involving freedom of speech and the press. He founded Florida ´s First Amendment hotline to provide journalists with free legal advice. He has devoted much of his time over the past two decades to the rights and care of children, particularly children who have been at risk of being taken from their parents by the state because of abuse or neglect. He teaches a college class about children and the media. Sandy is also Jessica's dad.
“?A wonderful introduction to the First Amendment for kids that is so irresistibly charming and such fun that parents too will find it hard to put down."
- Floyd Abrams, 1st Amendment Lawyer, Father, Grandfather and Author of The Soul of the First Amendment
— Floyd Abrams, First Amendment Lawyer, Father, Grandfather and Author of The Soul of the First Amendment