MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD: Rebels, Reformers & Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing.


     In a recent book giveaway, I was the lucky recipient of a middle grade non-fiction book by author ROCHELLE MELANDER (Illustrated by MELINA ONTIVEROS).

 MIGHTIER THAN THE SWORD: Rebels, Reformers & Revolutionaries Who Changed the World Through Writing seems like a perfect book in keeping with this month's themes. What better inspiration is there than the heroes of the past who used the written word to create changes in their world.

Throughout history, people have picked up their pens and wielded their words--transforming their lives, their communities, and beyond. Now it's your turn! Representing a diverse range of backgrounds and experiences, Mightier Than the Sword connects over forty inspiring biographies with life-changing writing activities and tips, showing readers just how much their own words can make a difference. Readers will explore nature with Rachel Carson, experience the beginning of the Reformation with Martin Luther, champion women's rights with Sojourner Truth, and many more. These richly illustrated stories of inspiring speech makers, scientists, explorers, authors, poets, activists, and even other kids and young adults will engage and encourage young people to pay attention to their world, to honor their own ideas and dreams, and to embrace the transformative power of words to bring good to the world.

Here is my review for this interesting and entertaining collection:

"A fascinating glimpse of how history and cultures around the world shared one common trait: the use of the written word to share ideas, change minds, break stereotypes, and blaze trails. This volume highlights these people from all walks of life who used writing to change their world and make a difference during their era. Should be part of every classroom writing program."

Darlene Beck Jacobson hopes that some of the things she's written have made people see the world in a new way.






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