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William Kamkwamba
Malawi, San Francisco, and sometimes NY City.
I am a Malawian inventor, author of "The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind" (with Bryan Mealer) and student at Dartmouth College.
Interests: writing books, farming, the internet, ipods, computers, education, mobile phones, action movies, windmills, wind energy, solar power, irrigation, lighting, low-power lighting, digital cameras and camcorders, helping my family, animals and wildlife documentaries, Heroes, 24, Prison Break.
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Through Moving Windmills Project foundation, I have worked extensively in Kasungu district, particularly my own home village, Wimbe. We have been able to build three classroom blocks with two classes each for the local primary school, Wimbe primary school. These... Continue reading
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I would like to start off by apologizing for my prolonged silence. For the past two years, I have been completing my studies here in the US at Dartmouth College in Hanover, New Hampshire, along with engaging in various projects... Continue reading
Posted Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2012 by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon Dial, $16.99; ages 7-9 What it's about: This is the inspiring true story of William Kamkwamba, a boy with big dreams who built a windmill... Continue reading
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Nonfiction Picture Book Challenge: The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind For a truly inspirational book, check out The Boy Who Harnessed the Windby inventor William Kamkwamba and journalist Bryan Mealer with pictures by Elizabeth Zunon. Forced to drop out of... Continue reading
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By Elizabeth Floyd Mair Special to the Times Union Born in Albany and raised in the Ivory Coast in West Africa, painter and collagist Elizabeth Zunon has lived in the Capital Region since she was 12 and brings a multicultural... Continue reading
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Children's Books: Scientists explore the gentle side of polar bears, and more POSTED: 01/22/2012 01:00:00 AM MST By Claire Martin The Denver Post The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer, illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon ($16.99)... Continue reading
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Bulletin of the Center for Children’s Books February 2012 Kamkwamba, William The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind; by William Kamkwamba and Bryan Mealer; illus. by Elizabeth Zunon. Dial, 2012 [32p] ISBN 978-0-8037-3511-8 $16.99 Reviewed from galleys R 5-9 yrs At... Continue reading
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Wow! 1292 children read 10,009 books in two weeks on Pearson Foundation's We Give Books website, resulting in over 10,000 children's books to William Kamkwamba's Wimbe village library and additional schools/libraries in the area via William's NGO Moving Windmills. Thanks... Continue reading
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The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: A Story of Passion and Possibility by Maria Popova What bamboo poles and bicycle chains have to do with sparking the spirit of entrepreneurship. When he was only 14 years old, William Kamkwamba dreamt... Continue reading
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Last chance for you and your kids to take part in our literacy drive around my new children's book The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind, written with my friend Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. For every book you... Continue reading
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If you hadn't had a chance to try the Pearson Foundation's free book website We Give Books with the young people in your life, try it soon. Children all around America have read 7500 free books online, and each one... Continue reading
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From my friend Tom: "If you have received and read the book, please consider writing a brief review of it on any of the online book sites. Amazon is an obvious choice, but Barnes and Noble or Powell's work, too.... Continue reading
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The ALA is the largest annual conference of the Library World and TBWHTW was represented in the Dial Booth. My publisher sent in this photo: Continue reading
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(Kirkus Reviews is one of the four most prestigious book review journals) THE BOY WHO HARNESSED THE WIND (reviewed on December 1, 2011) The true story of a Malawian teenager who leveraged need and library research into a windmill constructed... Continue reading
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The article was posted earlier on TED's Blog but it's great that it got republished. Continue reading
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Exclusive TED Interview with Elizabeth Zunon, illustrator of William Kamkwamba's The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind Young Reader's Edition on her inspirations for her art in the book. Harnessing the power of reading: Q&A with illustrator Elizabeth Zunon Yesterday, TED... Continue reading
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Here is a quick update on Bryan and me. First of all, both of us are so grateful for and humbled by all the love and appreciation you have shown us during the whole book process. These days, I'm a... Continue reading
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As part of the book launch my NGO Moving Windmills Project and I are collaborating with the Pearson Foundation on a literacy program to send up to 10,000 children's books to the library in Malawi where my journey began, as... Continue reading
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My children's book received three very nice reviews: 1. The Wall Street Journal: http://on.wsj.com/ysx0mw 2. The Boston Globe: http://b.globe.com/z4kgIU 3. Publisher's Weekly: http://bit.ly/yCLOut Continue reading
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I am happy to celebrate the publication of my new children's book written with Bryan Mealer and illustrated by Elizabeth Zunon. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind: Young Reader's Edition is a version of our adult book for children 6... Continue reading
Last week I went to New Jersey for a reunion of the first two classes to graduate from the African Leadership Academy. The school sponsored a conference on leadership and economic development of our continent. They wanted those of us... Continue reading
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After finishing exams at the end of my first year at Dartmouth, I went back to Malawi for one month. It was good to see my family and friends. Although I went home, I didn’t get to enjoy it as... Continue reading
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Nsima is basic food in Malawi; everyone eats it regardless of what they do: politicians, teachers, soccer plays, pastors, and doctors are all getting fat from it. Although there are many ways of preparing nsima, there is one that is... Continue reading
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We ordered business cards today for the Maize Mill. Some people are visiting Hanover from Malawi this week, and I will send the cards back with them. I hope these cards will increase business. Front of Card: Back of Card:... Continue reading