Gift Days

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Gift days
Gift Days book cover.jpg
Nassali, holding her paper on her way to school.
AuthorKari-Lynn Winters
IllustratorStephen Taylor
Genrechildren's fiction
PublisherFitzhenry & Whiteside
Publication date
Media typePrint (Hardcover)
ISBN9781554551927 (first edition, hardcover)

Gift Days is a book (recommended for ages 8 and up) by Kari-Lynn Winters and Stephen Taylor. It was published in 2012 by Fitzhenry & Whiteside.



Young Nassali longs to read and write like her brother, but since her mother's death from AIDS, Nassali is responsible for looking after her younger siblings and running the household. There is no time for books and learning. Then one day, she wakes up to discover that her chores have been taken care of. It is her first gift day. From that day on, once a week, her brother gives Nassali the gift of time so that she can pursue her dream of an education, just as her mother would have wanted.

Educational activism[edit]

Proceeds from this book are being used to support the charity Because I am a Girl, a social movement to "unleash the power of girls and women to claim a brighter future for girls in the developing world" through education and women’s rights;[3] at its book launch in November 2012, enough money was raised to send 10 girls to school in Uganda for a year.[4] Included with the book is information about organizations committed to supporting girls like Nassali.[5] Winters' method of social activism, via social semiotics and critical positioning, and Gift Days demonstrate how one's socio-cultural environment contributes to literacy — "an education is the path to a better life."[6]


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