Here’s an entry in the “great minds think alike” department. School Library Journal printed NLU Assistant Professor Toby Rajput’s book review of Every Day is Malala Day, published by Second Story Press for second- to fourth-graders. On Friday, Oct. 10, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced it was awarding the Nobel Peace Prize to 17-year-old Malala Yousafzai, the Pakistani girl whom the Taliban shot in the head for championing girls’ right to go to school. Malala, who survived the shooting and attends school in the United Kingdom, shares this year’s Nobel Peace Prize with Kailash Satyarthi, an Indian activist who fights child labor.
NLU’s Rajput, who is full-time Library faculty and also the Children’s and Youth Literature librarian for the university, quoted from Malala’s July 2013 speech to the United Nations, which ended with the words, “One child, one teacher, one pen and one book can change the world.” Rajput concludes the review by describing the book as, “an effective introduction to an important social justice issue.”
Rajput also teaches School Library courses in NLU’s National College of Education for teachers who are adding the school library credential to their teaching licenses.