June International Days

June is a HUGE month for observances and celebrations but my personal library is terribly low on the very things these days wish to raise awareness on. Recommendations from readers would be much appreciated! Also, I recognize this is terribly late, but even with the lapse in punctuality, these books are still worth recommending.

Despite not having book recs for some of these, the days themselves are listed for two reasons. The first is to see what anyone else may have read on the subject and the second is that highlighting them still highlights them. It also reminds me to find books for these observances so I can learn too. In fact, with everything going on in the world lately, the importance of staying informed is clearer and the need to be aware that there are multiple influences into every conflict that all need to be heard before we can fully understand and stop whatever the core of the conflict is.

1 June

Global Day of Parents  (A/RES/66/292)

  • Brain Rules for Baby by John Medina – a parenting book that talks about the way the brain works and how to aid development
  • Daring Greatly: How the Courage to Be Vulnerable Transforms the Way We Live, Love, Parent, and Lead by Brené Brown 
  • Opting Out?: Why Women Really Quit Careers and Head Home by Pamela Stone – an interesting look at why so many mom’s don’t stay in the work force

Parenting is difficult and we never know whether we’re messing it up until it’s far too late to change things, but I feel like these three books take an interesting look at the possibilities and honor the intent of becoming a parent.

3 June

World Bicycle Day (A/RES/72/272)

4 June

International Day of Innocent Children Victims of Aggression  (A/RES/ES-7/8)

Each of these books feature someone who had been an innocent child victim or dealt with people trying to save them.

  • Life in a Jar: The Irene Sendler Project by Jack Mayer – about a
  • The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad
  • Taking Flight: From War Orphan to Star Ballerina
    by Michaela DePrince
  • Something Fierce: Memoirs of a Revolutionary Daughter
    by Carmen Aguirre
  • The Crossing: My Journey to the Shattered Heart of Syria by Samar Yazbek

5 June

World Environment Day (A/RES/2994 (XXVII))

Silent Spring by Rachel Carson – sure, there are more books about the environment out there but this is the one that started them all.

5 June

International Day for the Fight against Illegal, Unreported and Unregulated Fishing (A/RES/72/72)

6 June

Russian Language Day (Russian)

Some WIT originally written in Russian….

7 June 

World Food Safety Day (A/RES/73/250)

8 June

World Oceans Day  (A/RES/63/111)

12 June

World Day Against Child Labour

13 June

International Albinism Awareness Day (A/RES/69/170)

14 June

World Blood Donor Day  [WHO]  (WHA Resolution 58.13)

15 June

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day  (A/RES/66/127)

16 June

International Day of Family Remittances (A/RES/72/281GC 38/Resolution 189)

17 June

World Day to Combat Desertification and Drought (A/RES/49/115)

18 June

Sustainable Gastronomy Day (A/RES/71/246)

19 June

International Day for the Elimination of Sexual Violence in Conflict (A/RES/69/293)

  • The Last Girl: My Story of Captivity, and My Fight Against the Islamic State by Nadia Murad

20 June

World Refugee Day (A/RES/55/76)

21 June

International Day of Yoga (A/RES/69/131

One of my favorite subjects….

21 June

International Day of the Celebration of the Solstice (A/RES/73/300)

23 June

United Nations Public Service Day (A/RES/57/277)

23 June

International Widows’ Day  (A/RES/65/189)

Widow’s have unique problems. I think the biggest reason it’s hard to understand their struggles is that trying to do so means seeing where we would be in same circumstances. For many of us this is an emotional problem, for many it is also a financial problem. I only have one book that features either of those problems:

It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort – a book about a contemporary widow and how it happened

25 June

Day of the Seafarer [IMO] (STCW/CONF.2/DC.4)

26 June

International Day against Drug Abuse and Illicit Trafficking  (A/RES/42/112)

  • Girls Like Us: Fighting for a World Where Girls are Not for Sale, an Activist Finds Her Calling and Heals Herself by Rachel Floyd
  • Paradise Beneath Her Feet: How Women are Transforming the Middle East by Isobel Coleman
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas Kristoff

26 June

United Nations International Day in Support of Victims of Torture  (A/RES/52/149)

27 June

Micro-, Small and Medium-sized Enterprises Day (A/RES/71/279)

29 June

International Day of the Tropics (A/RES/70/267)

30 June

International Asteroid Day (A/RES/71/90)

30 June

International Day of Parliamentarism (A/RES/72/278)

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