Words Take Wing


Words Take Wing
Honoring Diversity in Children's Literature

Since 2005, more than 14,000 Sacramento-area school children have benefited from Words Take Wing: Honoring Diversity in Children’s Literature. This annual celebration, held each February, gives students the opportunity to hear about the personal journeys and creative processes of acclaimed authors and illustrators of diverse children’s literature whose stories about Native American heritage, Asian culture, African American culture, and Latino identity, among many others, allow them to explore a wide range of perspectives and world views.

On February 25, 2020, Words Take Wing will host New York Times Bestselling author and Newbery winner Linda Sue Park at the UC Davis Mondavi Center as part of the School Matinee event series. Park will also be giving a public talk on February 25, 2020 at the McKinley Library, Clunie Grand Hall, 601 Alhambra Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95817, starting at 6:30 pm. 

Linda Sue Park is the winner of the 2002 Newbery Medal for her book A Single Shard (2001), a story about an orphan boy in a 12th-century Korean potters’ village. The prestigious Newbery Medal is awarded annually for the most outstanding book for children and young adults. Park was born in Urbana, Illinois, and grew up outside Chicago. The daughter of Korean immigrants, she has been writing poems and stories since she was four years old, and her favorite thing to do as a child was read. She is also the author of Project Mulberry (2005), When My Name Was Keoko (2002), A Long Walk to Water (2010), The Third Gift (2011) and many other picture books and novels. Park believes one of the vital functions of books and literature is to “offer readers visions of the amazing, colorful diverse world we live in.”

Sutter Health is a proud sponsor of Words Take Wing. 

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