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No Voice Too Small

Talking authorship, leadership and activism with third, fourth and fifth grade

Gordon's annual Book Fair brings a host of authors to campus to work with students, and this year's author workshops began this morning.


Third, fourth and fifth grade students met with Jeanette Bradley, Keila V. Dawson, and Lindsay H. Metcalf, the team that created No Voice Too Small: Fourteen Young Americans Making History.


The book tells the stories of contemporary young activists, through vivid illustrations and poems by a range of authors that includes previous Gordon visitors Nikki Grimes and Joseph Bruchac.


Students learned about the research and collaboration that went into this carefully curated collection, then practiced using their own voices, asking the team about their process and their inspirations.


The three grades then split into workshops led by the visitors that were focused on helping students imagine themselves in the No Voice Too Small.


Alongside their guests, students drew self-portraits that emphasized their own special powers, and made inventories of their own passions and skills on a grid that mirrored the tools Dr. Thomas López introduced to the seventh graders earlier this fall.


Gordon's Book Fair runs for three weeks, culminating in two days of workshops with the 2020 Karla Harry Visiting Author Grace Lin. Public events include next week's conversation with comics author Gabby Rivera; register now at

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