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Luke Reynolds Author Event

  • Red Canoe Cafe 4337 Harford Road Baltimore, MD, 21214 United States (map)

What was the biggest mistake you’ve ever made? How about the biggest mistake you’ve made today? How did it make you feel, knowing you’d failed at something?

In a culture increasingly preoccupied with perfection, more than ever kids are under extreme pressure to succeed—in school, at home, among their friends— and it’s just too much! Luke Reynolds’ latest book, Fantastic Failures: True Stories of People Who Changed the World by Falling Down First shows young readers that to fail is to be human—it’s about how you respond to your mistakes and pick yourself back up that’s the most important thing. 

Flops, blunders, mistakes, and disappointments—Reynolds shines a spotlight on notable figures and the failures they had to face in order to achieve their dreams. Inspired by the author’s desire to help students realize that failure can be a good thing, Fantastic Failures looks at thirty-five figures, including Jane Goodall, Albert Einstein, Rosa Parks, Steven Spielberg, and more. 

Questions and exercises included in the book urge kids to wonder and reconsider the way they view the world. Failure is never a stopping point; it’s just the beginning.