by Plan International
Second Story Press
I don’t know why we always seem to set up competitions between boys and girls, or separate them into teams that are boys versus girls. There may be pockets (sometimes very large ones) around the world that feel the need to treat boys and girls differently and separately, justifying that attitude with archaic ideas from religion or culture. But As a Boy, which launches today, demonstrates that boys can be just as supportive of girls’ rights as girls have needed to be and the book does so in a superbly photographed fashion with simple but prophetic statements of encouragement and defense.
Every Day is Malala Day (Second Story Press, 2014), As a Boy has its own lesson of advocacy to share. The message is dominant but it wouldn’t have the impact it does if not for the diversity of photographs taken of babies, boys, girls, and families from around the world. Every child is here, as they should be, given the opportunity to shine with life and chances and choices. As a Boy lets the world know that this is the way it should be.