Run the Show Like CEO Oprah Winfrey

Work It, Girl

Publisher: Frances Lincoln Children’s Books

As a young black girl in 1950s America, Oprah Winfrey was led to have modest expectations of the future she could have: perhaps, if she was lucky, she might get to work as a maid for a while family. Yet from a young age, Oprah had a voice and she knew how to use it, whether that was reading aloud in church or arguing with her mother.

As a young woman, she read Maya Angelou’s I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, and it changed her outlook on life forever. She decided that she was going to follow her dreams, and no-one was going to get in her way.

Following Oprah from her beginnings as the first black news anchor in Nashville to her first break on TV, this amazing illustrated biography gives us the life of a formidable and deeply inspiring woman, told especially for children. There are strong messages here about overcoming difficulty, having courage and working hard to achieve our goals, as well as the racism and sexism that existed historically and, sadly, continues to exist today.

Regardless of whether you’re an Oprah fan or not, this is a fascinating read for anyone, full of inspiration and heart.

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