In the words of young contributor Ammara Mohsin, 17, this book highlights the belief that “we can progress, we can rise above the lines that separate. We can explore the capacity for love, sharing, and tolerance.”
The Best of KidSpirit Online, Volume IV, bursts with creative work from young contributors across the United States and around the globe. The book encompasses pieces published on the themes The Psyche, Discovery and Progress, Numbers and Symbols, and The Word. Over 50 editors, ages 11 through 17, edited and selected the work for this compelling compendium.
Each issue of KidSpirit Online revolves around a Big Question posed by the all-youth Editorial Board, which offers one writer the unique opportunity to engage deeply with a central aspect of that issue’s theme. The Best of KidSpirit Online includes all four responses by contributors in 2014-15. In this year’s award-winning piece, “100 Trillion Connections,” Anya Dunaif, 17, shares her thoughts on how language impacts our perceptions of the world.
In addition to expository writing, readers will find inspiring stories of transformation and growth from two other departments unique to KidSpirit—Interfaith Connections and Awesome Moments. These articles represent the beliefs, viewpoints, and personal experiences of teens from all backgrounds and traditions. One writer shares her unexpected joy at discovering unconditional love during a Catholic rite. An atheist seeks meaning in scientific explorations of our universe. Another contributor explains how Buddhist interpretations of language have shaped her outlook. Zeeshan Hassan-Andoh, 13, recalls the extraordinary afternoon he spent with Nobel Laureate Malala Yousafzai. Other pieces describe a Jewish teen’s changing conceptions of God, a revelatory trip to the Pakistan-India border, and a month-long journey of self-discovery in the Wyoming wilderness.
Each KidSpirit issue features a spiritual elder offering their take on the theme. This volume includes PerSpectives articles by bestselling novelist Paulo Coelho, astrophysicist Marcelo Gleiser, author Gary Eberle, and neuropsychologist and mindfulness expert Daniel Siegel.
The Best of KidSpirit Online, Volume IV, is an invaluable resource for families, educators, and youth workers looking for rich discussion starters, and a great addition to school libraries. Volumes I and III were honored with Wilbur Awards in the Youth Books category from the Religion Communicators Council. This edition and previous editions can be purchased from Magcloud in print and digital formats. Complementary review copies are available upon request.