7 books recommended by our Front & Female Award winners that changed their lives

“My favorite book and the book that has had the greatest impact on my life and work is the classic from my childhood: The little red chicken. My parents both worked, so reading books with my mom and dad before bed created such important shared moments. They told me that when I read this particular book with them as a two-year-old, I would protest and correct them if they tried to change the words. They regularly remind me that my favorite quote from the book was: “I’ll do it all on my own.” More often than not, I still do [it all by myself]especially when I think something is important and really needs to be done.

In the story, the little red chicken asks her friends to help her bake bread. When they refuse, she does it herself, but doesn’t give up, suggesting they can help her next time. Based on the principle that we reap what we sow, the importance of a strong work ethic, personal initiative, perseverance and perseverance, I can’t think of another book that has been more influential in setting me on my path. This story influenced many of my perspectives growing up. [It reinforced] the importance of being inclusive, giving people second chances and the need for perseverance – something you need when working in the NGO sector. [It also taught me about] how important it is to make time to read with our children. My husband and I rarely miss [the children’s] bedtime, to ensure that we can also create special memories and learn new lessons through storytelling to our own children.”

– Catherine Gurtin, CEO, Pathfinders

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