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Maya Ajmera
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Maya Ajmera is the creator and spokesperson for Children from Australia to Zimbabwe: A Photographic Journey Around the World and co-author of the global education guide, Raising Children to Become Caring Contributors to the World. Maya is the founder and executive director of SHAKTI for Children. In the January 1999 issue of The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Maya was named among "A new guard of non-profit leaders...that will shape the charity world in the next century."

Maya is also the co-author of To Be a Kid and Extraordinary Girls, both brilliantly photographed books that present a picture of global diversity, tolerance, and joy. Maya's books are published in partnership with SHAKTI for Children, and a portion of the proceeds from the sales of her books go to support community-based educational projects for children around the world. It is the mission of SHAKTI for Children to teach children to value diversity and grow into productive, caring citizens of the world.

Raised in Greenville, North Carolina, Maya attended Elmhurst Elementary School, Rose High School, and graduated in 1985 from the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics. She received her Bachelor's degree in Biology and Women's Studies from Bryn Mawr College in 1989 and completed a Master's degree at Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.

Widely traveled, Maya's professional background is in Education and International Development. She is the recipient of a Rotary International Graduate fellowship to study in South Asia. She is also the recipient of the 1993-1997 Echoing Green Public Service Graduate Fellowship and the William C. Friday Fellowship for Human Relations of North Carolina.

Maya currently lives in Washington D.C.

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For more information, visit The Global Fund for Children.

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Alex Fisher
ISBN: 978-1-57091-513-0
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3 - 6
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A simple book on the special relationships enjoyed by children around the world and their dogs.

"[I]rresistible. . . The short, lyrical text is printed in extra-large type, explaining in a few simple, well-crafted sentences why a dog is not just man's best friend, but a kid's as well."
Kirkus Reviews

"At a quick glance, this seems to be a book with some pleasant pictures of kids and their dogs. But when introduced by a teacher or librarian, it can be used in many ways, including units on breeds, working dogs, and pets around the world. "
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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Alex Fisher
ISBN: 978-1-57091-514-7
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3 - 6
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A simple book on the special relationships enjoyed by children around the world and their dogs.

"[I]rresistible. . . The short, lyrical text is printed in extra-large type, explaining in a few simple, well-crafted sentences why a dog is not just man's best friend, but a kid's as well."
Kirkus Reviews

"At a quick glance, this seems to be a book with some pleasant pictures of kids and their dogs. But when introduced by a teacher or librarian, it can be used in many ways, including units on breeds, working dogs, and pets around the world. "
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By authors: Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko
ISBN: 978-1-57091-502-4
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1 - 4
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Smiling faces from 15 countries around the world introduce adorable and sometimes exotic animal friends.

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko
ISBN: 978-1-57091-384-6
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3 - 6
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In the latest addition to the It's a Kid's World series, clear text and photographs of children from thirty-seven countries introduce the differences and similarities of classrooms around the world.

"A great back-to-school title for teachers to share with their students."
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By authors: Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko
ISBN: 978-1-57091-504-8
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5 - 8
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Around the world, children live in community with others, sharing homes, resources, and experiences with their neighbors. Through vivid photographs and heart-warming text, this book celebrates what it means to be a neighbor the whole world over.

"Mr. Rogers would be proud."
School Library Journal

"The engaging color photographs and the simple words make this an excellent resource for multicultural community units."
The Horn Book

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ISBN: 978-1-57091-685-4
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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Anna Rhesa Versola
ISBN: 978-1-57091-478-2
Ages: 
8 - 11
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Revised with updated facts and population figures, this book is a reference tool for any child curious about other cultures.

". . . beautiful photographs . . ."
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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Yvonne Wakim Dennis, Arlene Hirschfelder, Cynthia Pon
ISBN: 978-1-57091-615-1
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8 - 11
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Who lives in America? The answer is colorful and unexpected in this celebration of diversity. Photo-essays showcase a different city in each state, from bustling New York City to windswept Cheyenne on the high plains of Wyoming. Outstanding photographs explore the many faces of American kids in a truly cross-cultural cross-section of the United States.

"[B]y sharing some of the history of Native peoples and immigrants who have formed this country, as well as customs and foods, the authors give children the opportunity to learn about tolerance and respect as they discover many common threads."
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By authors: Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko
ISBN: 978-1-57091-385-3
Ages: 
3 - 6
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Simple text and photographs compare the similarities of children from around the globe at play.

"Colorful, vibrant. . . The simple sentences are enhanced by the clear action photographs that effectively illustrate the many forms a particular type of recreation can take."
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ISBN: 978-1-57091-386-0
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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Olateju Omolodun, Sarah Strunk
ISBN: 978-0-88106-066-9
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8 - 11
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Readers meet ordinary girls doing extraordinary things throughout the world.

"A celebration of girls from around the world bursts with attractive full-color photos and a text that, by underscoring individuality and uniqueness, emphasizes the traits and potential that girls everywhere share. , , A spirited self-esteem booster for girls." -- The Horn Book

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Cynthia Pon, Magda Nakassis
ISBN: 978-1-58089-177-6
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4 - 7
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Stunning photographs and simple text describe faith in its many expressions: praying, singing, learning, helping, caring, and more. Faith highlights the common threads that bring people together in reverence and joy.

"This impeccably designed introduction to spiritual practices around the world provides a superb way to show children that there are many means of expressing religious faith." --Kirkus Reviews
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By author: Maya Ajmera
ISBN: 978-1-58089-440-1
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0 - 3
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Global Baby Boys, a companion to the best-selling Global Babies and Global Baby Girls, introduces babies and their grown-ups to the crazy cuteness of little boys from Kyrgyzstan to Uruguay to the USA, showing that baby boys are kind, curious, smart, fun, and they can grow up to do anything!

"...it's a sense of commonality, not difference, that shines through on every page."
--Publishers Weekly

"An engaging addition to board-book collections."
--Booklist

"These bright-eyed tykes are sure to draw any baby in."
--Kirkus Reviews

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Victoria Dunning, Cynthia Pon
ISBN: 978-1-58089-436-4
Ages: 
4 - 7
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In this new title from The Global Fund for Children, readers learn the different ways kids from around the world can stay healthy. Photographs showcase children from Afghanistan washing their hands, a team of boys from Australia playing sports, a group of girls from Panama wearing their seatbelts. There are many ways kids can practice healthy living, no matter where they live.

"An attractive introduction to the topic."
--Kirkus Reviews

"An attractive introduction to health and global awareness, this book will also serve as a useful resource for global units."
--Booklist

"Good for browsing and as a discussion starter."
--School Library Journal

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Michael Regan
ISBN: 978-0-88106-067-6
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5 - 8
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Let the Games Begin! is a spirited introduction to twenty-four sports played around the world and the children who play them. Meet young athletes from thirty-three countries and hear what they have to say about their sports, as well as what they've learned about competition, sportsmanship, friendship, and teamwork.

"The authors have accessibly depicted sport as a fundamental, unifying human endeavor that reflects the ideals the Olympic games embody." -- Booklist

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ISBN: 978-0-88106-068-3
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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Elise Hofer Derstine, Cynthia Pon
ISBN: 978-1-57091-936-7
Ages: 
4 - 7
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Photographs from around the world celebrate the universal joy that kids get from making music, whether they’re playing instruments, clapping their hands, stomping their feet, or singing.

"A medley perfectly tuned."
--Kirkus Reviews

"...paints a succinct picture of our world as a global family."
--Booklist

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko
ISBN: 978-0-88106-136-9
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4 - 7
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Simple text and photographs from around the globe illustrate what it is like to be a kid.

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko
ISBN: 978-1-57091-703-5
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5 - 8
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Around the world, children live in community with others, sharing homes, resources, and experiences with their neighbors. Through vivid photographs and heart-warming text, this book celebrates what it means to be a neighbor the whole world over.

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko
ISBN: 978-0-88106-841-2
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4 - 7
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Simple text and photographs from around the globe illustrate what it is like to be a kid.

"The beautiful, simple, and resonant words and pictures are full of heart and spirit." -- Booklist

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, John D. Ivanko
ISBN: 978-1-57091-576-5
Ages: 
5 - 8
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From painting to music to dance, beautiful photographs and simple, inspiring text describe the many ways children aroundt he world celebrate the arts.

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By authors: Maya Ajmera, Cynthia Pon, Elise Hofer Derstine, Global Fund For Children
ISBN: 978-1-58089-416-6
Ages: 
4 - 7
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Vibrant photogrphs from around the world showcase the many different types of clothing that kids wear to play, study, pretend, and celebrate. From school uniforms to costumes, traditional ethnic clothing to sports team jerseys--no matter what kids wear, clothes are an important part of who they are.

"An excellent addition to preschool and primary multicultural units."
--Booklist

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