For Malala’s birthday: #BooksNotBullets

For Malala’s birthday: #BooksNotBullets

You are probably familiar with Malala Yousafzai (author of I Am Malala: The Girl Who Stood Up for Education and Was Shot by the Taliban ((at AmazonSmile: benefit a non-profit of your choice by shopping*)), an activist who was shot after supporting educational opportunities, and went on to win the Nobel Peace Prize.

I’ve been so impressed with Malala! So well spoken, so earnest, so altruistic…even one of the funnier guests to have appeared on The Daily Show.

Malala turns 18 on July 12, and in this

blog post

asks that people celebrate not by buying gifts, or wishing a happy birthday, but by supporting #BooksNotBullets.

Malala says:

“In fact, if the whole world stopped spending money on the military for just 8 days, we could have the $39 billion needed to provide 12 years of free, quality education to every child on the planet.”

All you have to do is post a photo of yourself holding your favorite book with that hashtag (#BooksNotBullets) and explain why people should choose books over military action.

I think this is a noble thing to do.

Doing a

Google image search for #BooksNotBullets

I’m seeing some interesting choices for books…and some moving comments.

I just wanted to let you know, in case you want to participate. If you, feel free to link to your picture in a comment to this post. Of course, as always, you can also tell me and my readers what you think.

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* I am linking to the same thing at the regular Amazon site, and at AmazonSmile. When you shop at AmazonSmile, half a percent of your purchase price on eligible items goes to a non-profit you choose. It will feel just like shopping at Amazon: you’ll be using your same account. The one thing for you that is different is that you pick a non-profit the first time you go (which you can change whenever you want)…and the good feeling you’ll get. :) Shop ’til you help! :) 

This post by Bufo Calvin originally appeared in the I Love My Kindle blog. To support this or other blogs/organizations, buy  Amazon Gift Cards from a link on the site, then use those to buy your items. There will be no cost to you, and a benefit to them.

2 Responses to “For Malala’s birthday: #BooksNotBullets”

  1. Edward Boyhan Says:

    Not exactly on topic, but the WSJ just sent out the first chapter of Harper Lee’s “Go Set a Watchman” in an email to its digital subscribers. It will be published next Tuesday (on the 14th one day before prime day :grin).

    The chapter is eminently readable, and there are echos of the Scout we know from TKAM. There is also an audible version of the 1st chapter with Reese Witherspoon doing the reading.

    • Bufo Calvin Says:

      Thanks for writing, Edward!

      Reese Witherspoon seems like a good choice!

      I’m considering doing something to tie into the release…and it will be interesting to see if they do something with the pre-order on Prime Day.

      Definitely worth watching the price…there should be some serious price wars on this at first release!

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