25 Jun Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge – The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind
The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, William Kamkwamba, Bryan Mealer and Elizabeth Zunon
This story about William Kamkwamba is one that we want to remember and share with readers of all ages. William Kamkwamba lived in the village of Wimbe in central Malawi during a severe drought and famine. At age 14, he wanted to help his family find a way to bring water to their farm. Through sheer determination, persistence and research, William built a windmill from items he found at the local junkyard. His windmill brought electricity and pulled water from a small well near his home. His family and the community were saved.
This picture book biography isn’t just one that we will share with teachers during a biography unit of study, we think this text is a perfect text for talking about growth mindset and determination. William shows readers through his actions that we can all overcome obstacles and work to find solutions to our struggles. We love that readers can hear William tell his story on his TED talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/william_kamkwamba_how_i_harnessed_the_wind
It is also amazing for readers to know that William is currently a student at Dartmouth College in New Hampshire.