Quiet for Kids

Several years ago, I posted about Susan Cain’s book Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a Word that Can’t Stop Talking. I loved the book. I loved its message.

Today I’m posting about my daughter’s reaction to reading Cain’s adaptation of that book for kids, called Quiet Power: The Secret Strengths of Introverts (2016).

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Here is what Olivia said about the book.

“It was good.

“It was just kids’ stories, like their experiences with being introverted. Their experiences with a ton of extroverts and exploring how in these situations if introverts are actually better or if introverts were always better.

“Her [Cain’s] experiences was she went to summer camp and thought it would be the best thing ever. She thought wrong. So she brought a ton of books and read. One girl asked her why she read all the time and she decided to go outside and try to participate.

“Introverts are better leaders because they listen more than extroverts, because if all the extroverted kids go in one group they are more talkative and if introverts go into one group then they will listen better because they are more quiet, shy.

“They did this with a shirt folding thing. He gave them two ways to fold shirts and the introverts were better because they listened better and observed better.

“Just a bunch of kids experiences.

“It was really good. It helped me to think about the advantages of introverts. I applied it to myself in class because I have to raise my hand if I have a question even if it is scary. I raise my hand more.

“There’s one more. The teachers. There was one class where kids got three popsicle sticks at the beginning of the day. They had one taken away every time they raised their hand. At the end of the day, if they had all the sticks taken away, they could go, and if they didn’t use all of their sticks they had to stay after school. The introverts were always the ones at school at the end. For the extroverts it was easy. It was a strict teacher. It wasn’t fair because most of the introvert kids had to stay after. The teacher thought the introverted kids weren’t participating, so she did that so everyone would participate. It didn’t work for some kids.”


I still need to read this version of the book. But based on what my daughter said, it sounds pretty good and appropriate for kids around the age of 10 and up. I got it for her to read because I know she is quiet and shy in class, so I’m hoping that the book gave her some self confidence and encouraged her to use her quiet strengths and to view those traits positively.