Adora Svitak

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Svitak in October 2010

Adora Lily Svitak (born October 15, 1997) is an American child prodigy, activist, and internationally published[1] author, known for her essays, stories, poems, blogs, full-length books, and advocacy work. Svitak first became known to the public when, at the age of 6, she was recognized on local news in Seattle for her writing abilities. Svitak became an object of national interest at the age of 7 when she appeared with Diane Sawyer on Good Morning America.[2] Her book Flying Fingers describes Adora's abiding love of language and writing and contains tips and hints for other aspiring writers.[3] In 2005, at the age of 7, Svitak began writing blogs and keeping an online journal, where she comments on matters of both international significance and subjects of personal interest.[4][5][6] Since November 2005 she has been promoting literacy and interest in reading and writing.[7] She has lectured before large audiences of both students and adults across the United States, and in the United Kingdom.[8] In January 2009 she appeared in a Channel 4 documentary, The World's Cleverest Child and Me, presented by Mark Dolan.[9]

In February 2010, Svitak spoke at the TED Conference,[10] saying the world needs "childish" thinking: bold ideas, wild creativity and especially optimism. Kids' big dreams deserve high expectations, she says, starting with grownups' willingness to learn from children as much as to teach.

Public speaking[edit]

Svitak's February 2010 TED Talk, "What Adults Can Learn From Kids," has received over 3 million views to date on [10]


From 2010 to 2013, Adora organized the annual TEDx (x = independently organized TED event) conference TEDxRedmond with an all-youth planning committee.[18] The conference took place at the Microsoft Conference Center in Redmond, WA. Over 700 people attended the inaugural conference in September 2010. [19] Svitak said in a Microsoft interview that she hopes TEDxRedmond attendees are empowered by participating, adding, “I would love to see kids taking up issues that were important to them, whether it’s something that needs fixing at their school, or an environmental program that they’d like to start. I want them to see it’s OK to take action. As a kid, your voice is important. Use it.” [20]

Writing and journalism[edit]

Svitak's first full-length novel, Yang in Disguise, which she began working on in 2006,[21] was published on March 14, 2011 (ISBN 978-1460979976). She also served as a spokesperson for Verizon Reads campaign for literacy[22] and edited a novella, The Pickpocket Princess.[23] Her second book, Dancing Fingers, which her older sister Adrianna, who is a musician, helped write[1] was published on April 30, 2008 (ISBN 978-1888045567).


  1. ^ a b Corr, Kate (January 14, 2009). "Is Adora Svitak the cleverest child in the world?". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  2. ^ Good Morning America February 23, 2005
  3. ^ Flying Fingers by Adora Svitak
  4. ^ Adora Svitak's Journal
  5. ^ Adora Svitak - Blog
  6. ^ Adora Svitak - Writer and helper of Other Kids
  7. ^ "Child Prodigy Embarks on Campaign for Literacy". The Chosun Ilbo. June 19, 2007. Retrieved October 30, 2009. [dead link]
  8. ^ Dora The Explorer Shows Pupils The Way (from Salisbury Journal)
  9. ^ "The World's Cleverest Child and Me". Channel 4. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  10. ^ a b "Adora Svitak: What adults can learn from kids". TED Conference. Retrieved April 11, 2010. 
  11. ^ Chakraborty, Samhita (7 Dec 2013). "Writer, teacher, speaker... teen - Keep up with ‘child prodigy’". The Telegraph. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  12. ^ Carpenter, Shanna (12 Dec 2010). "The INK Conference: Day 2". TED Blog - TEDIndia. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  13. ^ "Youth ECOSOC 2013 on "Shaping tomorrow's innovators: Leveraging science, technology, innovation and culture for today's youth"". ECOSOC. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  14. ^ "Redmond junior Adora Svitak speaks at UN in New York". Redmond Reporter. 3 Apr 2013. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  15. ^ "Adora Svitak's Girls State of the Union". Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  16. ^ "Activism at Any Age: Interview with Adora Svitak". Speak up for change. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  17. ^ Swan, Melanie (3 Dec 2010). "US teenage teacher inspires future educators". The National. Retrieved 27 May 2014. 
  18. ^ "TEDxRedmond: Microsoft Conference Center September 15th". 
  19. ^ Ganesan, Priya. "TEDxRedmond: By Students, For Students". King 5. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  20. ^ "TEDxRedmond Conference Brings Some of the World’s Youngest Artists, Writers and Musicians to Speak on Microsoft Campus". Microsoft News Center. September 16, 2010. Retrieved July 29, 2014. 
  21. ^ Hoyle, Antonia (September 28, 2006). "Exclusive: World's Cleverest Kid". Daily Mirror. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 
  22. ^ "Young People Who Rock". July 2, 2007. 
  23. ^ "八岁华裔女童出万字书被美誉为文坛小巨人(图)". Xinhua News Agency. June 6, 2006. Retrieved October 30, 2009. 

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