Adora Svitak (born October 15, 1997 in Springfield, Oregon) is an American writer, public speaker, and activist. Svitak was born in Springfield. Her mother, Joyce, was a Chinese immigrant who grew up during the Cultural Revolution. Her father, John, studied physics and worked as a software engineer.
A voracious reader from age three, Adora Svitak's first serious foray into writing - at age five - was limited only by her handwriting and spelling. (Her astonishing verbal abilities already matched that of young adults over twice her age.) As her official bio says, her breakthrough would soon come "in the form of a used Dell laptop her mother bought her." At age seven, she typed out over 250,000 words -- poetry, short stories, observations about the world - in a single year. Svitak has since fashioned her beyond-her-years wordsmithing into an inspiring campaign for literacy - speaking across the country to both adults and kids. She is author of Flying Fingers, a book on learning.
Her inspired TED Talks "What we can learn from children" has more than 4 millions viewers. And her knowledge and use of a complex vocabulary is somehow astonishing.