Today is AIDS Awareness Day.
Two books for children that address the issue of AIDS by an author who has faced book challenges are The Heaven Shop and Our Stories, Our Songs by Deborah Ellis. Find an interview with Deborah Ellis about The Heaven Shop at the Cafe Book Blog.
A review by Grace Sheppard, a children's librarian highly recommends Our Stories, Our Songs for children 12 and up.
Ellis does an excellent job of bringing the children's stories together with clear information about the problems of AIDS, child labour, poverty, and women's rights. Although this book packs a mighty emotional wallop for complacent Canadians, Ellis also manages to find hope, and her conclusion is a rousing call to action. Royalties from the sale of the book will be donated to Unicef. A must-have for all libraries, and a must-read for everyone.
Read the article in Faze Magazine for more information about Ellis' trip to Malawi.