• Michelle Nott

Kids + Inspiration = A Better World

Inspire the World: A Kid's Journey to Making a Difference written by Sammie Vance and illustrated by Talitha Shipman, published by Spork, an imprint of Clear Fork Publishing.


The brilliant and colorful illustrations by Talitha Shipman perfectly showcase Sammie Vance's journey from local inspiration to international news story.


Like many great journeys, this one starts with a friend or rather the belief that everyone deserves a good friend. As such, buddy benches were created. The idea is simple but powerful: Need a friend? Have a seat. One will arrive shortly.


Like any great creation, Sammie's buddy benches have impacted the world one bench, one friend, and one community at a time.


Kids of all ages (and adults!) will be inspired by Sammie's life that she writes about in her first book. She breaks down her huge vision and project into separate parts that can motivate anyone to tackle a big goal. She talks about friendship, recycling, and community but also determination, bravery, and celebration among other topics.


Inspire the World will inspire every organization, club, or individual to see what they can also do to help make the world a better place... and how to make fabulous friends along the way.


Imagine It!


Sammie said in one of her speeches, "If you can dream it, you can do it!" Dreams start with imagination.


Imagine one thing that your family, your school, or the world needs. Now imagine what steps (even small steps) you can take to start to fulfill that need.


To help you along, Sammie has generously offered to give away a signed copy of Inspire the World: A Kid's Journey to Making a Difference. For a chance to win, simply retweet this book review tagging me (@MimiLRN) and Sammie (@SammieBenches) with #BuddyBenchBookGiveaway. Good luck!


You can visit her website to learn even more about Sammie's Buddy Bench Project.

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