What is literature good for? Plenty — it increases our ability to “read” other people, lights up multiple parts of our brain and can even help reduce bias, says poet and creative writing teacher Beth Ann Fennelly.

Over the years, many writers and storytellers have given great TED Talks. Here, we’ve assembled 12 of our favorite quotes from them. 

By spotting and changing a few bad habits, you can easily increase your reading speed without missing out on detail, says Jordan Harry.

Enthusiastic recommendations for uplifting reads, as suggested by TED speakers and TED-Ed educators.

This compilation of reading assigned to students everywhere will expand your horizons — and your bookshelves

The book “The Gutsy Girl” opens with an author’s note that starts, “Dear Gutsy Girl” while all of the drawings inside the book feature girls. But that doesn’t mean boys won’t learn anything if they pick up a copy, as author Caroline Paul explains.

Author Ann Morgan invites book lovers to follow her on a literary journey through 196 countries.