6 Books for the Growing Activists in Your Family

 6 Books for the
Growing Activists in Your Family

Do you consider yourself an activist? An activist is someone who pushes to make society a better place.  There are many different types of activism; from animal and human rights to art to gardening. Whatever you’re interested in, there’s probably a cause that could use your help.  

Diversity Reading Challenge

Here is the Perfect Accessory for Rad Women: My Rad Life, A Journal


An inspiring, empowering journal that encourages its owners to think, create, reflect, and explore their own radness. 

A companion to the New York Times bestseller Rad American Women A-Z and Rad Women Worldwide, this cool guided journal draws from a number of the “rad” women featured in both books, while also including a diverse range of new women, all of whom come to life via inspirational quotes and paper cut portraits.Blank pages invite doodling, lined pages encourage writing, and a collection of thought-provoking prompts encourage users to get to know themselves better by recording their thoughts and ideas on paper.

I LOVE Journals, don’t you? And I also love the Rad Women books by Kate Schatz and Miriam Klein Stahl. So it makes perfect sense that the powers that be would coming my two faves into one thing: a journal for and about Rad women.  What I love most about this journal is that the women who are quoted and illustrated within the pages are of every color and ethnicity and lifestyle imaginable.

I can already see myself scooping multiple copies of this journal at the holidays for every Rad woman in my life. I would love to see English or Language Arts teachers use the journal as tool during writing class. The possibilities of use for My Rad Life are so many.

Totally putting this on my Diversity Reading Challenge.

Blogging from A to Z Challenge Diversity Reading Challenge

Bad Girls Book Club Letter I #atozchallenge The impossible knife of Memory and I am Malala

Welcome to the Blogging from A to Z Challenge

Today’s letter is


I have 2 kick ass bad girl books to share today!

The Impossible Knife of Memory

The Impossible Knife of Memory

in which young Hayley tries to grow up while caring for a father suffering from PTSD.



I am Malala

Need I say more?

Malala spoke to me so hard I donned my salwar kameez in honor of her.


If you haven’t read I am Malala do it NOW.

You won’t regret it.


Books Young Adult

I am Malala


I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai

When you finish a book like I Am Malala you feel different.  As for me, I feel empowered, stupid, gluttonous, educated, angry and a host of other emotions.  Just when I thought I knew everything there was to know about everything, then I read Malala’s story and realized that not only don’t I know everything, some of the things I think I know are INCORRECT.

You’d think based on what you’re hearing from the news that Malala’s people from the Swat Valley of Pakistan are a group of angry and militant people. That couldn’t be farther from the truth. The Yousafzai tribe (hence her last name) are very religious people who live conservatively and don’t want to harm others.  It wasn’t until the Russians and the US got involved that things became difficult over there.

So here you have a young girl, much like any young girl, who just wants to go to school. As you know, she was shot for wanting all girls to have an opportunity to go to school.  Isn’t that crazy? Wanting something so simple that we take for granted: education. Because she spoke out for girls she became targeted because those in charge (government? terrorists? religious zealots?) saw her as a threat.

While I’m very happy that she has survived and enlightened us with her plight, I am saddened and outraged that many girls in the East don’t have the same opportunities to go to school that my own little daughter had. Let’s not forget that just a century ago, my little one would have gone to a segregated school, if at all, so the similarities in women’s rights are astonishingly similar.

Malala is a powerful story, one that everyone should read. I am Malala. You are Malala.

Malala is every girl.


Did you read it? Share your thoughts below!




WANT: I am Malala book out soon for KIDS!

So…I just heard that I am Malala will be out soon (August) for young readers!


What an important story and now it’s better and for younger readers.


Plus I‘m pretty sure I want to hug her and squeeze her and dress like her cuz she’s totally AMAZING.