The Power of Self-D

Willie Bohanon & Friends Learn the Power of Self-Determination

Author: Kip Jones
Illustrator: Chad Isely
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Motivate students in grades 3 through 8 to work hard, set goals, and find good role models by presenting the encouraging story of Willie Bohanon.

Willie is going to be somebody someday. But first, he has to get a good education, go to college (the first in his family), and start his own business.

It helps that Willie is a self-determined, hardworking (made the honor roll 3 years in a row!) and polite young man (still holds doors open for others). He knows what it takes to be successful in life, having seen close family members and friends make mistake after mistake. Especially his older brother Ricky, whose dreams of a football scholarship were derailed after he made poor choices. But it's hard to be a teenager and face life's challenges when your closest friends struggle with setting even simple goals and working toward them.

Fortunately, Willie is surrounded by strong, motivating family members, a principal who models and values the skills necessary for success, and an exciting (and famous) mentor! When mentor and NFL player Kendal Cobb comes to speak to the kids at Willie’s school, he tells them all about getting your SWAG on – Self-determination, Working hard, Ambition and Guidance, four essential traits for success.

Written and illustrated in an engaging graphic novel style, this relatable story is the first in the author’s Urban Character Education book series. Tips in the form of a rap at the end of each tale makes it easier for students to remember, practice, and use the tips in their daily lives! It’s a timely lesson for pre-teens, who are reminded that they power their own success. 39 pgs.

Extend the learning with 21 downloadable activities from The Power of Self-D Activity Guide.

The Urban Character Education book series also includes:


Watch for a sneak peek into the story!

Published by Boys Town Press

ISBN: 978-1-934490-66-2