Malala and her two friends survived the shooting. You would think a bullet in the head would put a stop to Malala, but that would be giving the Taliban just what they wanted. Instead, this very brave young woman continued her fight for the right of all children to be educated around the world.
Every Day is Malala Day is a beautiful tribute to Malala. The book begins with a short introduction to her and her accomplishment. This is followed by a letter, really a compendium of letters sent to Malala from young girls around the world, expressing their admiration, their friendship and support for her. Malala is a girl that many of them could relate to and who champions a message that they know can impact and change their lives.
Each page has simple text paired with a detail, richly colored photographs of girls raising their hands in support ("We have never met before, but I feel like I know you"), laughing together ("And you are a friend"), girls in uniforms with their arms wrapped around each other as they go to school ("You spoke up for yourself and other girls too").
While most of the pictures show strong smiling girls, they are contrasted with some that remind us that Malala's work isn't finished yet, that too many countries want girls uneducated and silent. And this is accomplished through early marriage, maintaining poverty, discriminating against girls and of course, the kind of violence that didn't work with Malala.
The book ends with excerpts from Malala's speech given at the United Nations on July 12, 2013, her 16th birthday.
The beauty of this book is that Malala was really an ordinary girl who decided to stand up for what she believed in and didn't let anything stop her, not even a Taliban's bullet. She is truly an inspiration to girls everywhere of what they can accomplish through education and determination - which is exactly what her message is. As she told the UN and the world:
"One child, one teacher, one pen, and one book can change the world."Every Day is Malala Day is done with the same beauty, eloquence and simplicity that Malala exemplifies and it is a book is would recommend to everyone.
Profits from the sale of this book go to Plan Canada, which works to end gender inequality and promote girls' rights around the world through their Because I am a Girl Fund.
This book is recommended for readers age 5+
This book was borrowed from a friend
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This is book 6 of my 2014 Nonfiction Picture Book Reading Challenge hosted by Kid Lit Frenzy