Archive for September, 2015

He Named Me Malala

Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

He Named Me MalalaThe name has been heard all over the globe. It’s in the news, magazines, even on the book shelf. It’s the name that was called as the winner of the 2014 Nobel Peace prize.

But the origin of Malala, the symbolic, and utterly astounding meaning of the name is explored in the poignant new documentary from Academy Award winning director Davis Guggenheim. “He Named Me Malala” is a personal, joyful and inspiring look into the life of Malala Yousafzai, the young Pakistan woman who defied the Taliban’s oppressive regime, speaking out against its prohibition of education for girls.

When she was just 15, Malala and her friends were shot by the Taliban on a bus coming home from school. Malala nearly died from her injuries. What would have scared most into a life far from the public spotlight instead only fueled Malala’s resolve to fight oppression. Malala has become the voice for young women worldwide, calling for universal education and other support.

More than just a plug for The Malala Fund, which advocates for free, quality and safe secondary education for girls around the globe, Guggenheim (Waiting for Superman and An Inconvenient Truth), gives insight to the charismatic and charming young (now) 18 year old and her equally engaging family. Turns out Malala has a bit of a crush on Roger Federer and Brad Pitt. She struggles with homework, particularly physics, and likes to arm wrestle with her brothers. Through personal interviews, news clips and some particularly moving illustrated story-telling, “Malala” covers the grim topics of war and religious fanaticism while giving much needed insight into the peaceful essence of Islam.

An appropriate film for all ages, the movie opens in select theaters Oct. 2, 2015 and will air on the National Geographic Channel in 2016. Efforts are being made to provide free screenings for interested groups and schools. For more information, check out; #withMalala, #henamedmemalala

Caution: Ear Worms Ahead

Thursday, September 10th, 2015


Lucky us. We’re pleased to announce the Fall 2015 Parents’ Choice Audio Awards, which includes the categories of music, storytelling and audiobooks.

You can dance in the kitchen, call to the elephants and speak Penguinese. In this list, even lullabies can become earworms. We were moonstruck by one mother/daughter team, and could swing forever with another.


We applaud los animales and sing about trees, learn a few words of French and happily celebrate All Kinds of You and Me.

The audiobooks are spellbinding in truth and filled with fun and fantasy; they teach lessons kindly, and read stories with wit and spunk.

All of these selections underscore Lori Henriques’ delicious challenge, “How Great Can this Day Be?”