I have JUST returned from an event at Lusher Middle School where Chelsea Clinton (daughter of former President Bill Clinton and Presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton) spoke to more than 480 middle school students about her new book — It’s Your World: Get Informed, Get Inspired, Get Going.
If you weren’t one of the lucky people who got to hear her speak and answer questions from the audience, you still have an opportunity to catch a glimpse of her at a book signing tonight at 5:30 pm at Octavia Books, 513 Octavia Street (Uptown). To buy a ticket to the event, which includes a copy of the book, visit here.
In addition, Clinton plans to stop at Rebuilding Together New Orleans, a non-profit that improves the quality of life of low income homeowners, particularly those who are elderly, disabled, veterans or single head of households with minor children, through home repair and revitalization of New Orleans’ neighborhoods.
New Orleans is one of about 20 cities on Clinton’s book tour, which include stops at local schools, book stores, non-profits and more.
This is Clinton’s first book and is targeted to 10-14 year old readers. It brings to light some of the challenges we face in our communities today, highlights some of the young people who have taken steps to tackle them, and offers advice on what young people can continue to do to help impart change.
Clinton talked about some of the things that shaped her childhood and what issues would become important to her. She said that she always loved reading, especially newspapers at breakfast, even at a young age. Reading newspapers helped her learn about what was going on in the world, how she felt about things, and which issues were most important to her — and all without relying on an adult to tell her about it or shape an opinion. She also has a love of books, and specifically mentioned “50 Simple Things Kids Can Do To Save The Earth,” which helped to outline some of the actions she could take as a young girl to make a difference in the world. She also mentioned the importance of her Grandmother Dorothy in helping her understand the importance of education and going to school. These things helped form her book, which shows young children that they can start making a difference now on issues they care about whether they affect family, community or the world.
She spoke of one girl – Haile Thomas – whose father had been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes. At age 8, Haile wanted to do something to help make her father’s situation better so she started researching and making healthy family meals. Eventually her father’s diabetes was reversed and her entire family enjoyed a healthy, plant-based lifestyle. From there she took her knowledge and started spreading the word to other kids about how they can help create happier, healthier family lifestyles. Now she has a cookbook, a youtube series, a foundation, and speaks around the country about her mission.
I am definitely going to buy the book. I’m going to give it to my 10-year-old to read and then I’m going to read it too. I will also try to heed the advice she gave nolaParent.com on what parents can do to help encourage kids to take action and get involved (that story here.)!