Changing the World by Doing What You Know

I believe there is a calling in each of us that is as natural as breathing. We have to pay attention to that which comes naturally and makes our heart sing. And then build upon it.

Here are a couple of great books about people who changed the world in exactly that way.

The Wright Brothers: How They Invented the Airplane by Russell Freedman with original photographs by Wilbur and Orville Wright tells the story of two brothers, as close to each other as two peas in a pod who had “a way with tools and a knack for solving problems.” This Newbery Honor Book does a great job of mixing technical how-it-happened with the human side of these world-changing inventors. Pegged for ages 10 and up.

Steve Jobs: The Man Who Thought Different by Karen Blumenthal is about a modern-day legend, the man who brought us the imac, the iphone…the ieverything. From the beginnings of Apple in his parents’ garage, Steve was always compelled from within to push the technological envelope and to bring his strong sense of style to develop a chain of products that have proved irresistible to millions around the world. Pegged for teens.

Share your favorite children’s books about people who changed the world!

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