High school freshman inspires elementary kids with her book

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STURGIS, S.D. (KEVN) -- Not everyone can say they've written three books before completing high school.

But one Sturgis Brown freshman in Sturgis, South Dakota has done just that.

At only 15 years old, Danika Gordon is spreading a big message. It's a message found within the covers of her third book, "A Superhero Surprise."

The book tells the story of a boy given a T-shirt from his grandma, who tells him anybody can be a superhero.

"Going throughout the book, he finds out through his actions and the kind things he does for people, he really is a superhero," Gordon explained.

It's a point she was hoping to get across to second graders at nearby South Park Elementary Monday.

"Superheroes aren't heroes that fly or have super strength," she said. "They can change the world just by their actions."

"A SuperHero Surprise" is a part of the Books 4 Kids program, a program that promotes inclusion and brings authors in to schools to talk about their books.

"When they get a little bit older and start getting involved in deviant behavior or violent behavior, most of the time it's because they felt left out. They didn't feel included. They don't feel like they're a part of something -- so it's a part of lashing out," said Colleen Liebsch.

Kids in the classroom got a free copy of the book and some valuable lessons about reading and kindness.

"Being a nice person, so we can be a good person for the whole school to be smarter and better," said a student named Aiden.

"You can learn more stuff so you're smarter," added Trinity, another student.

"If you give them an event where they're all included equally, it gives them a feeling that they can accomplish a lot," Liebsch said.

But one of the most important messages Books 4 Kids and Danika want to get across is that you can do whatever you dream of.

"It really lets them know that they can be an author too," Liebsch said.

So far, the program has given out more than 13,000 books across several states.

Read the original version of this article at blackhillsfox.com.