Get a first-look at photos and stories from the book in this new web interactive.
I’m delighted to announce that my new book, The First 1,000 Days: A Crucial Time for Mothers and Children—And the World, will be released on May 3, 2016, just in time for Mother’s Day.
The book is a narrative journey through the 1,000 days from the beginning of a mother’s pregnancy to the second birthday of her child. On this journey, we follow moms and their babies in four corners of the world:
In Uganda: Esther and Rodgers, Brenda and Aron, and Harriet and Apio. In India: Sushma and Sunny, Seema and Priyanshi, Sanju and Adarsh, and Shyamkali and Anshika. In Guatemala: Maria Estella and Jorge, Dianet and Keytlin, and Gabriela and Jose. In Chicago: Jessica and Alitzel, and Quintana and ShaLawn.
Their stories are at the heart of the burgeoning 1,000 Days movement, a revolutionary initiative to end childhood malnutrition and stunting. Proper nutrition and all that supports it—clean water, improved sanitation, access to quality health care—during the first 1,000 days can profoundly influence an individual’s ability to grow, learn, work, and thrive. It can also determine a society’s long-term health and prosperity. In the second decade of the 21st century, one of every four children under the age of five in the world is stunted mentally or physically or both—that’s about 170 million children sentenced to a life of underachievement. It is a tremendous cost for all of us who live on this planet.
The stories of the moms and children illuminate the science, economics, politics, and progress of the 1,000 Days movement, as well as the formidable obstacles and challenges it faces, among them economic injustice, disease, lack of education, misogyny, and corruption.
The goal of this storytelling is to bring the 1,000 days to life, and to put faces and voices on the issues and statistics. The First 1,000 Days is a narrative of discovery and dreams, of crushing disappointment and soaring hope, of terrible sorrow and tremendous joy. It is, hopefully, a book that will both outrage and inspire.
The book is available for pre-order now from your favorite local or online bookstore:
Barnes & Noble
The Book Cellar
And please continue to check out outrageandinspire.org in the coming months as I share pictures and stories from The First 1,000 Days.