Kate T Parker Releases The Heart Of A Boy


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For generations, we have taught our boys the most important trait they can have is to be stoic and unemotional—and traits that do not fit that mold should be suppressed. In the wake of #metoo, school shootings, bullying, and other toxic behavior, it’s more important than ever to reflect on what we are teaching our boys they need to be. Put simply, we need to redefine our expectations of them—and nurture all the attributes that make them who they are: the sensitive and the strong, the creative and the silly, the kind and the curious. Amid a growing national conversation around boyhood, THE HEART OF A BOY: Celebrating the Strength and Spirit of Boyhood (April 2, 2019; Workman Publishing; $18.95) by Kate T. Parker seeks to positively redefine masculinity at a moment when the country is grappling with how to raise boys to become good people. Parker’s 2017 blockbuster bestseller Strong Is the New Pretty struck a chord throughout the nation and beyond. A gorgeous and inspiring photographic celebration of girls being themselves—fearless, silly, wild, stubborn, proud, fierce—it garnered outstanding media attention and support from the Spice Girls, Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, and Emma Watson. It challenged the idea of what it means to be feminine and expressed so clearly that beauty comes not from how you look but from being true to yourself. Now, in this stunning new collection, Parker turns her lens to boys. Because when given permission to be themselves, boys will not only grow up to be the truest version of themselves but will grow up to be men who will support and respect girls and women. Filled with powerful, moving photographs of the many ways there are to be a boy—a boy’s heart is kind, a boy’s heart is independent, a boy’s heart is curious, a boy’s heart is resilient—accompanied by thoughtful quotes from each subject, THE HEART OF A BOY challenges the notion that boys need to be tough and stoic above all else. Rather, they contain multitudes. Meet Mason, age 6, who pronounces “I like to try new things. I believe in myself.” Matias, age 9, who exclaims “It’s not about what you look like, it’s about your heart.” And Ryan, age 7, who says “I want to be president because I am helpful, kind, and nice.” About the Author KATE T. PARKER is a mother, wife, Ironman, and professional photographer who shoots both personal projects and commercial work for clients across the world, which include REI, Verizon, American Express, and many others. Her Strong Is the New Pretty photo series and widely popular book led to collaborations with brands such as Disney, Athleta, Kellogg’s, and NBC, and also inspired Kate to launch a philanthropic arm of Strong is the New Pretty, partnering with organizations that invest in children’s health and education: Girls on the Run, Girl Up, The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, Disney, GLAM4Good and The BULLY Project. Strong is the New Pretty became a national bestseller and garnered outstanding media attention and support from everyone from the Spice Girls and David Beckham to Drew Barrymore, Kate Winslet, Nicole Kidman, and Emma Watson. Her website is katetparker.com.

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