Can books help make readers better human beings? Linda Sue Park talks about how books provide practice at responding to the unfairness in life, and how empathy for a book’s characters can lead to engagement in ways that have significant impact in the real world.
Linda Sue Park is the author of many books for young readers, including A SINGLE SHARD, winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal, and A LONG WALK TO WATER, on the New York Times bestseller list for more than two years. She has traveled to 46 states and 16 countries to talk to audiences of all ages about books, reading, and writing.
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Amazing and inspirational ..I loved it…
I am so happy to say we read, "Wonder" and "Long Walk to Water" with our 6th graders. Both are excellent books! Students are our future! Books are inspirational to all!
Hi, I’m Ayden and I’m 7! Have your kids watch my videos! I love reading to kids. Tell me what books you want me to read next?
Amazing video 👍👍👍
did she put .5 speed on my laptop
When I saw this, I was kinda sad. Most kids and teens are on TikTok.
Cool so I lose myself in a book and I did not know that a book hade super powers.
What find of super powers
It’s 2020, and I’m so bored to the point where I’m watching TED Talks……This is sooo worth it.
Beautiful, funny, inspirational, timely, and more!
My kids favorite is a new book called “Tony And His Mythical Friends”. They love the illustrations of the mythical characters. Great story about friendship and inclusion. I like it because it opened them up to the idea to go camping and enjoy the outdoors which is great!!
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Worst vid ever
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omg this is so great!
This is such an inspiring speech and I want to thank Linda Sue Park on behalf of writing this book and inspiring young readers like me. You are amazing!
Wonder, Crenshaw, All American Boys, A Long Walk To Water, lets share the books that inspire and illuminate. We, and our children, develop empathy when we read the right books. We all have a responsibility and challenge, to share quality books.
The whole time, i’ve been reading nya like ni-ya not nya
12:15 why they reading the book so close to their face?
Thank you for the beautiful speech. So inspiring, funny and motivating. Can't wait to read the book
"Can a children's book save the world? No. But the young people who read them, can." –Linda Sue Park
12 minutes of excellent content! We need to share this video everywhere.
Not funny, didnt laught
Who else is here from school and reading along walk to water
this video is so underrated
Great great talk . Just keep walking. Intention Passion Perseverance will Slowly Steadily n Surely to your dreams. Thank you, bless you. All your dreams come true.
Love this!!! 😀
anyone had to watch this for homework?