Something To Do

International Day of the Girl #dayofthegirl

**The posts I write might contain affiliate links or be written in collaboration with businesses or brands. Please see my disclosure policy for more information.**

Today is a special edition of Jump into a Book. We are happily celebrating International Day of the Girl. In honor of the occasion we’ve compiled a list of some of our best books and activities for you to dive into and celebrate girl power.

International Day of the Girl

The world seems more tuned in to the intention of tolerance, bravery, kindness, inclusion, understanding and courage these days. And I am incredibly glad they are.

I love our young women and girls rising up, pulling together and “going high” when others “go low.” I love seeing females actively working to build a bridge of compassion and love to push back the negative feelings and actions of those who think it is OK to persecute others for being who they are. These are just a few of the many reasons I am excited to share tools, books and resources for International Day of the Girl.

International Day of the Girl | From the UN Women’s Website:

International Day of the Girl
International Day of the Girl

“There are 1.1 billion girls in the world, and every one of them deserves equal opportunities for a better future. They are a source of energy, power and creativity. They can drive change and help build a better future for all. Yet, most girls face disadvantage and discrimination on a daily basis, and those living through crises are suffering even more.

UN Women statement for International Day of the Girl Child

On the International Day of the Girl Child, let us commit to investing in skills training and education for girls and livelihood activities for young women around the world who are facing crises.

This year, International Day of the Girl (11 October) will focus on the theme, “EmPOWER girls: Before, during and after conflict“.”

Below are list of books who have brave, courageous, and enduring character. Out of their sheer will they beat the odds to survive, make a difference, and benefit their entire community. Today lets celebrate girls everywhere by raising our voices and sharing #dayofthegirl.

Follow UnWomen:

@un_women@onumujeres@onufemmes@phumzileunwomen@UNWomen4Youth on Twitter
UN WomenONU MujeresONU Femmes, on Facebook
unwomen on Snapchat
UN Women on Google+
UN Women on Instagram
UN Women on Pinterest
UN Women on LinkedIn

See what happened last year on the International Day of the Girl Child

International Day of the Girl | #dayofthegirl Book List

Wangari Maathai is one of my favorite people. The first time I discovered her was through this beautiful picture book called Mama Miti. Since then I’ve had the occasion to read about her several times, follow her Nobel Peace Prize award, and watch her green movement progress. Earlier this year I wrote a review of another book entitled Wangari Maathai by Franck Prevost for Women’s History month. To her people she is known as Mother of the Trees. However you come to know Wangari Maathai, I’m quite certain that you will be inspired by her story and determination to save her country.

Blog Mama

Margarita Engle’s new book Drum Dream Girl: How One Girl’s Courage Changed Music is an inspiring story based on true events.

Drum Dream Girl

Girl’s didn’t drum. That’s just the way things were in Cuba. Men were meant to be drummers. But then one little Drum Dream Girl decided to change all that. She lived, breathed, and dreamed drumming. Her fingers would start tapping beats without her even realizing it. Little Drum Dream Girl was meant to be a drummer. But no one would listen to her. They just told her that drumming was for men.
Wilma Rudolf  and The Quickest Kid in Clarksville written by Pat Zietlow Miller and illustrated by Coretta Scott King winner Frank Morrison, is a charming story about wanting to be the fastest kid in Clarksville. It’s also about determination, dreams, and the friends we meet along the way.

the Qickets Kid in Clarksville

One Child, one teacher, one book, and one pen can change the world. ” -Malala Yousafzai

For the Right to Learn tells the story to young readers in a non-violent way that engages them into constructive conversations and inspires them to take action. Read the review in its entirety HERE and learn more about the sad truth behind the fact that 60 million girls worldwide are unable to get a school education.

For the Right to learn

The Girl with a Brave Heart: A Tale from Tehran by Rita Jahanforuz is a traditional tale about a kind, wise Persian girl named Shiraz.
As a baby, Shiraz’s mother died, and her father soon remarried, giving her a new mother and a sister to grow up with. But when her father died, everything changed. Shiraz’s stepmother forced her to do the household chores, and she grew apart from her sister, Monir. Read my full review of this book here.
GooseBottom Books Booklist

The Thinking Girl’s Treasury of Real Princesses

The books combine the romance and enchantment of princesses with a message of youthful female empowerment. These are princesses who didn’t just sit around waiting to be rescued. Against great odds, they made their own lives, and changed their worlds.

The series features princesses from different cultures around the world, and different epochs in history. The books are richly illustrated with photographs and maps, and lovely pen-and-watercolor paintings by Albert Nguyen, whose art helps to bring the stories of these fascinating girls to life.

Winner of an Independent Publishers’ Book Awards Silver Medal. Two volumes listed as Recommended Feminist Books for Youth by the Amelia Bloomer Project of the American Library Association.

Books in this series:


Kid World Citizen has a great post on “The Danger of a Single Story” and Teaching Kids to Avoid Stereotypes


Three Unmissable Books That Can Help Us Honor Our Past from Pacific Citizen | The National Newspaper of the JACL.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day Classroom kit which teaches Empathy.

Now more than ever, a message of hope, compassion, empathy and understanding is needed.

Now more than ever, children need to see themselves reflected in the pages of the books they read. Readers of all ages need to be able to “read their world” to both see themselves, and those are who different, whether by culture, religion, sexual orientation, special needs or ethnicity.

Now more than ever, we need to come together as a nation of beautifully diverse people.

Multicultural Children’s Book Day is proud to offer an initiative and holiday that encourages discovery, hope, acceptance and exploration through the pages of diverse children’s literature.

As our fifth Multicultural Children’s Book Day holiday approaches on January 27, 2018, we are thrilled to have you as part of our amazing community of supporters! With enthusiasm, optimism and hope, we are preparing for MCBD 2018 and hope you will, again, join our celebration of diversity through children’s books.

Thank you for cultivating understanding, kindness, inclusion and exploration of this beautiful world in your classroom.

In 2017 year MCBD offered parents, teachers and librarians a FREE downloadable Classroom Kindness Kit. That kit is still available (view it here) and we have just completed the 2018 Classroom Empathy Kit with a special poster from award-winning author Juana Medina. This kit’s emphasis is on understanding and empathizing with immigrants and refugees and includes a robust booklist along with some excellent activity ideas. The new kit is also free to parents, educators and librarians and can be found HERE.

Classroom Empathy Kit

THANK YOU to author/illustrator Juana Medina for lending us her amazing talents as well!

Classroom Empathy Kit

Sign up HERE

to get your FREE Downloadable Classroom Empathy Kit

Our FREE Classroom Empathy Kit contains:

~ Read Your World- 19 Classroom Books to Assist in Understanding Immigration and Refugees for ages 4 -12

~ Empathy Activities including a very powerful “Backpack Activity” that really shines the light on material possessions and what is most important in life.

~ A true life experience retelling from co-founder Valarie Budayr that brings the Backpack Activitiy to life.

~ “Everyone is Welcome Here” Empathy Classroom Poster thanks to the talents of award-winning author/illustrator, Juana Medina

~The official Multicultural Children’s Book Day Poster for 2018 courtesy of Author/Illustrator, Aram Kim

~Helpful Resources, Articles and Talking Points for Teachers

~How Do You Write Your Name? Activity

~”Can you match these famous immigrants with their contributions?” Matching Game

Sign up HERE

to get your FREE Downloadable Classroom Empathy Kit