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Saturday, May 24, 2014

Every Day is Malala Day by Rosemary McCarney - children's book review

Every Day is Malala Day
Author:  Rosemary McCarney
Published:March 8, 2014
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pages: 32
Edition:  Hardcover
Genre:  Children's non-fiction: biography

Malala Yousafzai may be the most famous girl in the world right now. Shot by the Taliban and celebrated as a peace icon, this past fall she became the youngest person ever nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. This book is a letter of sisterhood to Malala Yousafzai, expressing the belief that every girl has the right to go to school. The beautiful photos from international non-profit Plan bring together their Because I am a Girl message with Malala Yousafzai''s mission. After being shot for the simple act of going to school in her native Pakistan, Malala has become an international girls'' rights crusader. The book is written as a letter from girls around the world to Malala. Many of them know first-hand the barriers that stand in the way of girls going to school - barriers such as poverty, discrimination, and violence. In Malala these girls recognize a leader, a champion, and a friend.

My Thoughts:

Giving a voice to girls everywhere, Malala Yousafzai became known as an icon in the cause of girls' rights to education world wide.  In Every Day is Malala Day, author Rosemary McCarney shared the impact of the story of 15-year old Malala who was shot by the Taliban for going to school, a right she believed in and stood for.  Every Day is Malala Day is written as a letter from girls who acknowledge Malala's message and recognize her as an advocate for girls rights to education.  For girls everywhere, Malala has become a leader and a heroine.  

The latter portion of the book, Every Day is Malala Day, shares a brief biography.  Photos from non-profit Plan International illustrate Every Day is Malala Day.  

I highly recommend Every Day is Malala Day for young readers ages 8-12.  It's a beautiful tribute to the girl whose tireless crusade for the right to education almost cost her life.

Malala's story was broadcast throughout the world as she lay in hospital with a gunshot wound to her head.  Fortunately, she recovered and continues to advocate for girls' rights to education.  Her biography I Am Malala which was co-written with Christina Lamb was released October 8, 2013, almost exactly a year following the attempted assassination.  It became a bestseller that bookstores quickly ran out of.  Not surprisingly it was banned in some private schools in Pakistan, Malala's country. Today it is still creating waves.

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