50 Unstoppable Kids
Real world stories are perhaps the best way to inspire a child. The ideas of making a difference and changing the world are often sown in their minds at an early age but it can be an overwhelming path to traverse if they don’t know how. More importantly, we need to remind children that making a difference doesn’t mean making sweeping changes at the onset. Often, it’s the little steps that lead to the biggest movements.
Aileen Weintraub, author of the book Never Too Young: 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made A Difference, set out to highlight these little big steps that have made positive contributions to society. Her book comes out on September 4 and we talked to her about it:
1) What is the book about and what was the inspiration?
Never Too Young: 50 Unstoppable Kids Who Made A Difference is meant to be an inspiring read about 50 diverse children who have made a difference in the world. The book includes children throughout history, right up to present day. Some are well-known figures, like Helen Keller and Ruby Bridges. Others like Cassandra Lin and Marley Dias have lesser known stories that are just as captivating. The inspiration from this book came from the idea that no matter how old you are, you can get involved and be a changemaker. It can start out on a local level and turn into something huge. One small idea can have a ripple effect that can facilitate change in a huge way.
2) What kind of a difference have the kids in the book made?
The children in this book come from many different backgrounds and have made strides in a variety of areas, including medicine, sports, arts, science, politics, and more. For example, Margaret Knight was a brilliant inventor who is responsible for many everyday items we use today, Aisholpan Nurgaiv is an eagle huntress, and Rene Silva is a journalist who impressed the world with his reporting skills during a crisis. There are also stories of a seven-year-old surgeon, an Olympic gold medalist, and a robotic engineer just to name a few.
3) Why is this topic important, especially in today’s world?
Now more than ever we need to empower children to take a stand, do what is right, and help lead the way. Hopefully, this book will encourage others to follow their dreams, take reasonable risks and become great changemakers.