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November 26, 2013 > Bay Area author partners with Kids Can Press

Bay Area author partners with Kids Can Press

Submitted By Kevin Kopjak

Kids Can Press is proud to announce that it has partnered with The Khaled Hosseini Foundation and its Student Outreach for Shelters (SOS) program to create free, standards-based curriculums for primary and middle school educators based on the acclaimed, recently published RaziaÕs Ray of Hope: One GirlÕs Dream of an Education, written by Elizabeth Suneby and illustrated by Suana Verelst. The SOS program has provided similar materials for secondary school educators, based on Mr. HosseiniÕs award-winning and bestselling novels The Kite Runner, A Thousand Splendid Suns, and And the Mountains Echoed. In response to requests for curriculums for younger children, the foundation selected RaziaÕs Ray of Hope: One GirlÕs Dream of an Education, published by Kids Can Press, as the title to meet a growing need.

In RaziaÕs Ray of Hope: One GirlÕs Dream of an Education, Razia dreams of getting an education, but she must convince the men in her family to allow her to attend a new girlsÕ school being built in her small village in Afghanistan. The book is based on the true stories of the students of the Zabuli Education Center for Girls, just outside Kabul, founded by Razia Jan, a CNN hero, who also appears in the story. RaziaÕs Ray of Hope is the latest book in Kids Can PressÕs CitizenKidª collection, which explores complex global issues and makes them kid-sized, with overviews and fast facts essential for critical thinking, to help students become responsible citizens.

ÒAs soon as I read RaziaÕs Ray of Hope: One GirlÕs Dream of an Education, I knew I found the perfect book to complement our SOS program. The book, in conjunction with SOS, will allow children and teens to take their reading one step further by acting upon their knowledge and making a difference globally. We are truly honored to have this beautiful book in our SOS program,Ó said Roya Hosseini, wife of author Khaled Hosseini and Co-Founder of The Khaled Hosseini Foundation. Khaled moved from Afganistan to France, and eventually the Bay Area, as a teenager. His family still lives locally.

The SOS program provides a free Service Learning component that empowers students to raise funds to build shelters for refugee families or donate directly to RaziaÕs Ray of Hope Foundation, the charity upon which SunebyÕs story is based. ÒService Learning is a tremendous way for kids to gain insights into the lives of others,Ó says Kids Can Press President Lisa Lyons. ÒWe are delighted to partner with The Khaled Hosseini Foundation to offer a glimpse into the issue of education for girls in Afghanistan through RaziaÕs Ray of Hope and its curriculum materials.Ó

For more information on The Khaled Hosseini Foundation and Kids Can Press, visit http://khaledhosseinifoundation.org and www.kidscanpress.com/us.

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