Every Day is Malala Day
by Rosemary McCarney,
@ SPL: J 371.822 McC
On October 9, 2012, 14-year-old Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan was shot by the Taliban on her way to school. Why? She was targeted because of her conviction that girls, as well as boys, have the right to receive an education.
Malala was critically injured. It was a miracle that she recovered … but she did. Since then, this courageous, determined young woman has caught the attention of the world, speaking out and serving as an inspiration and champion to girls everywhere. Fortunately, the Taliban’s bullets failed to silence her.
On her 16th birthday, Malala addressed the United Nations, speaking with conviction and passion about the right of all children to be educated. The UN Secretary General proclaimed that day to be “Malala Day.”
She has received about 30 awards and honours, including the KidsRights International Children’s Peace Prize, President Clinton’s Global Citizen Award, the Freedom of Thought Prize from the European Parliament and Amnesty International’s Ambassador of Conscience Award.
In 2013, Malala became the youngest person ever nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Recently she and Kailash Satyarthi co-won the award “for their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education.”
This inspiring book, written in the form of a letter to Malala, is dedicated to the “65 million girls in the world today who are neither in primary school nor secondary school.”
Rosemary McCarney’s beautifully-photographed book has been nominated as a finalist for both the 2015 Silver Birch Express Award and the 2015 Golden Oak Award.
** Recommended for ages five to nine.
– Sally Hengeveld, librarian