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Weekend Links: A Roundup of Nelson Mandela Booklists

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July 18 was Nelson Mandela International Day; a day launched in recognition of Nelson Mandela’s birthday on July 18, 2009, via the unanimous decision of the UN General Assembly. It was inspired by a call Nelson Mandela made a year earlier, for the next generation to take on the burden of leadership in addressing the world’s social injustices when he said: “It is in your hands now”. It is more than a celebration of “Madiba’s” life and legacy. It is a global movement to honor his life’s work and act to change the world for the better.

I can’t think of a better way to honor this great man than to share A Roundup of Nelson Mandela Booklists and Resources for Nelson Mandela International Day. Enjoy!

A descendant of kings who became the most famous black man in history: Life and legacy of Nelson Mandela, the secular saint who refused to give in to hate. Pictured at his South African home in 2010, 'triumphed as a symbol of national reconciliation between South Africa's races'

The man we knew as Nelson Mandela, president of South Africa from 1994-1999, was called by many names with different meanings. Only one of the names were given to him at birth, and others were given to him along the way. Some of the names we don’t know why he was given them, but some he earned and he lived into the meaning.

Read about Nelson Mandela’s Names and Legacy in this great post from Multicultural Kid Blogs

Nelson Mandela Day

Grab this Free downloadable Nelson Mandela poster from Simple Everyday Mom

Nelson Mandela quotes

I love this booklist from Globe Trottin Kids: “Mandela Day is a “Call for All” to change the world for the better. Designate 67 minutes of your time to make a difference in the lives of others.”

Nelson Mandela booklist for kids

Every year on July 18th, MKB celebrates Nelson Mandela Day.  Mandela is known globally as one of the world’s most famous peacemakers. He spent 67 years as a freedom fighter, as well as becoming the first black president of South Africa. He was a legendary man who broke down 50 years of segregation through apartheid. We honor his legacy everyday, however here are a few ideas for how to celebrate Nelson Mandela Day this year. We want to encourage fighting for human rights in your own communities every day, but especially on this special day.

Usborne Books has a gorgeous Nelson Mandela book as well:

The complete story of the life of Nelson Mandela: one of the most famous names in modern history. Includes insight into Mandela’s rural childhood, his time with the ANC, his fight against apartheid, his time undercover as ‘The Black Pimpernel’, the 27 years he spent in prison and finally his appointment as South Africa’s first black president. A moving story of how a country’s most wanted fugitive became its greatest leader. Includes internet links to recommended websites to find out more about Mandela’s life and times.

Did you know that 70% of all kids quit organized sports by the age of 13, with girls quitting at 6x the rate of boys?
Alison Foley, Boston College’s Women’s Head Soccer Coach, and Mia Wenjen, parenting blogger at, help coaches — both parent volunteer and professional — crack the code of how to keep girls in sports. As a mother of two daughters who played a lot of sports, Mia provides personal accounts to illustrate issues discussed throughout the book. Alison, also a mother of a young female athlete, has hands-on advice from coaching young women professionally for more than two decades.

Volunteer parents and experienced coaches alike will find invaluable advice on creating a successful team that motivates girls to stay in sports beyond the middle school years. Twenty-two chapters cover major issues, including how to pick captains, the importance of growth mindset, issues around body image and puberty, as well as the challenges of coaching your own daughter.
In addition, fifteen professional coaches from a range of sports, including former Olympian athletes, give their advice on what girls need from a coach to allow them to flourish in sports, and most importantly, have fun. This is a hands-on manual to help coaches keep girls in sports! Go HERE to read more about this much-needed resource for parents and coaches.

1 thought on “Weekend Links: A Roundup of Nelson Mandela Booklists

  1. Thank you for including our booklist with your post. We hope all children have the opportunity to learn about such an influential and inspiring individual.

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