We Are Westridge

A community blog featuring Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor, the Westridge Leadership Team, our esteemed faculty members and occasional special guests


Good Reads for Girls Who Want to Change the World by Head of School Elizabeth J. McGregor

One of our students recently introduced us to The Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes, a program founded by children’s and YA author T.A. Barron to “celebrate inspiring, public-spirited young people from diverse backgrounds all across North America.” In perusing the Prize’s website (I encourage you to do so as well and if you know a young hero, this year’s award applications are being accepted through April 15), I came across an interview with T.A. in which he suggested three books he would recommend to people who wish to make impact with their lives.  I know well his first suggestions, so thought I would share his thoughts here: 

I’d give you three books: (1) “Seedfolks” by Paul Fleischman (on the power of every person to make a difference). (2) “A Wrinkle in Time” by Madeleine L’Engle (on the power of love). And (3) “The Hero’s Trail” (the new 2015 edition) by T. A. Barron. (I know it’s shameless of me to include that last title…but this new edition is so packed with inspiring stories of real young people who have shown amazing courage and compassion that I just can’t resist.)

The idea of framing reading to inspire lives of impact is right up our ally at Westridge!  I don’t know The Hero’s Tail, but it is now on my Spring Break reading list.
Posted by in reflections, from the head of school on Tuesday March, 28, 2017 at 03:50PM
Tag:  lower school


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