The International Day of the Girl: Celebrating Girls Around the World

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Title: The International Day of the Girl

Writer: Jessica Dee Humphreys and the Hon. Rona Ambrose, illustrated by Simone Shin

Publishing House: Kids Can Press

Date of Publication: September 1st 2020

Rating: 5 stars

Nine stories celebrating the International Day of the Girls. Nine girls who demonstrate the strength, the determination, the intelligence, the love for ourselves, our family and each other. Nine stories teaching the immense value of gender equality and girls’ right.

Fiona from Brazil represents strength, learning to protect herself through the martial art of capoeira. Hana from Afghanistan has the blessing to attend school, having learnt to read through her grandmother’s tireless efforts. Abuya from Kenya represents creativity, taking care of the safety of the girls in her school. Liliya from Russia represents inventiveness, having come up with an impressive plan to make her neighbourhood safer and happier.

Sokanon from Attawapiscat First Nation community in Canada represents bravery, exposing the educational issues in her community. Malika from India changes absurd, cruel centuries-old tradition to protect girls’ health and well-being. Keeya from Nigeria stands against the ‘’tradition’’ of being a child-mother, an issue that brings to light the need for education and the protection of a girl’s childhood.

Zarah from Syria represents the joy of being alive even when everything you’ve ever known as certainty has been taken from you. Aster from the USA shows that Science is not a field exclusively reserved for men.

This is a book that should grace every child’s bookcase. It is mandatory reading, a precious step towards the urgent need to raise the citizens of Tomorrow, to have a chance for them to live in a better, more respectful world than the one they are about to inherit…

Many thanks to Kids Can Press and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review.