How Amanda Gorman's Journey Inspires Young People
March 06, 2021
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"As with the butterfly, adversity is necessary to build character in people." -- Joseph B. Wirthlin
Poet Amanda Gorman Inspires Kids With Speech Disorders
Youth poet laureate Amanda Gorman’s struggles and achievements offer important lessons for both kids and parents.
“Poetry has never been the language of barriers, it’s always been the language of bridges.” In November 2018, Amanda Gorman shared this advice with a group of students during her TED Talk. The youth poet laureate who wowed the nation at the 2021 presidential inauguration speaks often of barriers—those of race, class, gender, and opportunity. She also spoke to these students, and has shared with many others, about the barriers she has faced as a public speaker with a speech and language disorder.
Born prematurely with her twin sister, Gorman’s auditory processing disorder as well as articulation concerns have presented challenges for the young poet, but she has chosen to use those challenges to encourage other kids following in her footsteps. [Read Article]
Title: Change Sings
By: Amanda Gorman
Why? "The lyrical book, titled Change Sings: A Children's Anthem, follows a young girl who leads a cast of characters on a musical journey, learning along the way that together they have the power to make meaningful change. It is illustrated by Loren Long, who also provided illustrations for President Barack Obama's Of Thee I Sing: A Letter To My Daughters.
"I wrote Change Sings as a children's anthem to remind young readers that they have the power to shape the world," Gorman announced on Instagram." -- PopSugar Review
Be the Change
Share Amanda Gorman's personal journey story with the children in your life. Invite them to reflect on a challenge they might be able to transform into a gift.