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I Can’t Wait! 52 Stories of Kids Who Changed Their World That You Can Read Together

Did you know that a 13-year-old boy saved seventeen lives during Hurricane Harvey? Or that a five-year-old kid led a group of toddlers to safety after Hurricane Katrina? Do you realize that a third-grade girl sewed over a thousand blankets for people who needed them? Have you heard of the teen who invented a flashlight powered by human body heat? She was helping a friend who had no electricity. Young people are doing amazing things all the time. Instead of thinking they need to wait until they’re older, they’re jumping into action now, as if to say: “I can’t wait!” 

This book is loaded with fascinating stories of kids―just like you―who didn’t wait for someone else to solve problems or serve people. These kids, ages 5 to 24, showed the rest of the world what can be accomplished by youth who catch a vision. These stories are designed to spark conversations between family members, teachers and students, coaches and athletes, and youth leaders and kids. After each story, you will find discussion questions and a link to watch a video highlighting the person you just read about. Every kid has said at some point: “I can’t wait!” Now, read some stories of kids who said that and then changed their world.

by Tim Elmore