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I'm Gonna Push Through!

3.84  ·  Rating details ·  147 ratings  ·  33 reviews
Based on the Push Through movement.

Hold your head high. No matter what stands in the way of your dreams, remember this: YOU can push through anything!
If someone tells you it’s too hard, don’t you
ever listen. You tell them,
“I’m gonna push through!”

Inspired by a mantra written for her third-grade students, Jasmyn Wright’s call to “push through” is an invitation to young
Hardcover, 40 pages
Published February 18th 2020 by Atheneum Books for Young Readers
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Deb (Readerbuzz) Nance
Sep 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
When you come up against a problem what do you do? You push through.

Look at all the people who have come up against problems in the past. What did they do? They pushed through.

The book encourages children to keep going when struggles are hard, and presents short summaries of those in the past who have pushed to accomplish their goals.
Kelly Rae
Aug 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Besides important conversations about overcoming challenges, Avanelle (4-year-old) and I had important conversations about the diversity in this book. I can also see the conversations changing as she continues to grow.
Lisa D
Jul 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
Loved it!
Cindy Mitchell *Kiss the Book*
I'm Gonna Push Through by Jasmyn Wright, art by Shannon Wright, PICTURE BOOK Atheneum Books for Young Readers, 2020, $18. 9781534439658



"Push through" if things seem too hard, rough, or tough. Children aren't too young to push through - they can do anything they put their minds to. Just like the many examples of famous people who also pushed through. Such an empowering message! Believe in yourself, be resilient, push through difficult
Aug 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I liked this when we read it and found myself quoting the titular idea afterwards in tough situations. An empowering, motivating read for littles.
Feb 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
I'm Gonna Push Through is a book about believing in yourself, no matter what challenges you may be faced with. A young girl is encouraged to "push through" when she feels like she has encountered something difficult. The author gives historic examples of people who have pushed through the hard times in order to achieve something great, such as Barack Obama and Stephen Hawking. Readers are taught that they are strong enough to handle tough things because they can do anything they put their mind t ...more
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: classroom-use
While I enjoyed this book, I really loved the author's note in the back regarding how this idea came to be. Being a teacher, I know how much we think about our students and want to help them when they are with us, and after they have left us. We always hope that we have said or done something that will stick with them to make their lives better. Jasmyn Wright seemed to hit on something wonderful with her class chant/song that she brought to life in this book. It's a wonderful message reminding s ...more
Shantell McCune
Apr 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I'm Gonna Push Through! by Jasmym Wright Illustrated by Shannon Wright
Published in 2020
Read aloud to elementary aged students. This book is about a lot of famous people who had to "push through" and overcome the challenges they faced. It encourages readers to "push through" and never give up as there are other people who believe in you and it can also be the readers job to encourage others to believe in themselves as well! The book describes all the ways that we are unique and special, a book of
Christine Turner
Subject: Resilience (Personality trait) in children -- Juvenile literature.
Self-actualization (Psychology) -- Juvenile literature.

Inspired by a mantra written for her third-graders, Jasmyn Wright's uplifting call to "push through" is an invitation to young readers to announce their own power and to recognize and reaffirm that of others, regardless of setbacks. By diminishing doubt, encouraging community, and reaffirming that we're all here to make a difference, her empowering words show children
Mackenzie Zarr
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book is about children worldwide pushing through and letting nothing get in their way. It shows all different kinds of children with different backgrounds, races and genders overcoming their fears or dreams.

The overall theme is being strong and pushing though. It's a movement that inspires kids worldwide.
Telling the kids that they can push through ANYTHING!

Reading this book makes you feel strong and that you are invincible. I loved all the different scenarios it gave about encouraging kids
An encouraging song created by an elementary school teacher and founder of the Push Through Organization is here turned into a picture book. The illustrations show a diverse group of children with many different skin tones, hair styles, gender presentations, and abilities. While the book is not a story and would be difficult to use in storytime, it could be a powerful tool in classrooms for teachers working with children who could use a reminder of how to access their own resilience.
Emma M.
Oct 14, 2020 rated it it was ok
Shelves: read-w-kids
This has an empowering message, but at times seems a little forced. I think the repetition is supposed to be one where the kids catch on and repeat the phrase, but it just didn't seem to have the effect while reading aloud. It also felt like a missed opportunity to share "examples" of people who pushed through without actually sharing anything about what they pushed through. It detracted from the book and led to a long side conversation and, in some instances, a Google search. ...more
A book that inspires children to push through the challenges that they face on a daily basis and continue to reach for their potential. This book is filled with drawings of successful people from around the world who pushed through. In the back of the book a brief overview is written about the people who were used in the drawings throughout the book.
Aug 24, 2020 added it
Shelves: requested, f-and-g
This is a beautiful book, and I loved that it featured famous and heroic people who were new to me. The overall message seemed good for kids, and the author clearly has infinitely greater expertise than me (with a helpful afterword!) but some parts, like "you were born for a reason - you were birthed with a purpose!" didn't resonate with me - but I am not the target audience! ...more
Apr 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
So many different types of children are represented in the artwork in this book which makes it powerful. A beautiful message of pushing through any trial. Examples are given of famous individuals that have left their imprints on the world.
The Library Lady
I'm gonna push through--until this endless stream of mediocre picture books with a purpose has worn out and we start getting back to books that represent a wide variety of races/religions/etc, but have good STORIES, not just pound_it_in messages. ...more
read this because I follow the illustrator on social media and like her work. it was fine and cute, if a little trite. keep in mind that my thoughts might be different if I actually had children at this point!
Feb 06, 2021 rated it really liked it
Teaching children persistence with a simple mantra of “I’m gonna push through!” The book highlights famous people who kept going through adversity. Based on a real teacher in an inner city classroom.
Edward Sullivan
May 30, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
Affirming and inspirational.
Ms Threlkeld
Jul 01, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
I appreciate the message, but it’s also a bit too simplistic. Just because you have a positive mindset doesn’t mean you’re going to reach your goals.
Marissa Elera
Admirable effort, but far too didactic.
Aug 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: picture-books
It's all about perseverance! You're good enough, you're strong enough. You can do it. Don't let anyone stop you. It could be used in Growth Mindset units. ...more
Sep 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Very cute illustrations and a lovely affirmation of self perseverance.
A classroom teacher turned her affirming mantra into a picture book guide to bolster young readers. Not my jam, but I respect the movement.
Feb 05, 2021 rated it liked it
Shelves: picture-books
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Mar 12, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Excellent book for children!
Feb 27, 2020 rated it really liked it
Always push through even though you think you can’t. Good messages for children as well as adults. 🙂
Apr 02, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Push through" if things seem too hard, rough, or tough. Children aren't too young to push through - they can do anything they put their minds to. Just like the many examples of famous people who also pushed through. Such an empowering message! Believe in yourself, be resilient, push through difficulties.

I love the classroom connection to this book. What a great mantra to teach our students, that they can push through. While not a story, it's more of a roll call of so many famous people who pus
May 02, 2020 rated it it was ok
Empowering message, but a bit too preachy for my child's tastes. Also, only the first 2 pages of inspirational figures are explained in the back...why not everyone else? The message was a bit lost on my child when we kept having to stop the story to talk abut who all the people were. ...more
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