Adora Svitak – What Adults Can Learn From Kids

Child prodigy Adora Svitak says the world needs “childish” thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids’ big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups’ willingness to learn from children, not just teach them.

A prolific short story writer and blogger since age seven, Adora Svitak (now 12) speaks around the United States to adults and children as an advocate for literacy. This video shows Adora giving one of her talks.

Additional Resources:

  • Check out this website to read more about Adora.
  • Here is another video that contains an interview with Adora.

Topics for Discussion:

  • What do you think about Adora’s thoughts on being childish? Do you agree with her?
  • What kinds of things do you think adults can learn from children?

Take Action:

  • Follow Adora on Twitter at @adorasv! For each new follower she gets, she’ll donate a penny to Save the Children’s Haiti relief effort.
  • Visit the Save the Children website to learn more about this worthy cause and how you can get involved.

Teacher Features:

  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for elementary school students.
  • Here is a link to a Critical Reading Skills worksheet that you can use for middle school students.


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