World Toilet Day 2010
November 19 is World Toilet Day: Sanitation Awareness
World Toilet Day exists not to celebrate the amazing machines that live in our bathrooms, but to draw attention to the fact that so many people live without decent sanitation. One need only look to the cholera outbreak in Haiti to see how proper sanitation can make the difference between life and death, especially for children and the elderly.
Over 2 billion people are living without safe and hygienic toilet facilities.
The good people of the Seattle PI have a handy roundup of toilet-forward books. Everybody Poops isn't in there, since it's about poop and not toilets.
In preparation for World Toilet Day, I'd like to share with you my favorite books about toilets and, um, toilet-based activities. Check these out!
- By our host, Charlie Williams: Flush: An Ode to Toilets.
- A chapter book involving doggy doo-doo: The Giggler Treatment by Roddy Doyle.
- Perhaps my favorite poop story of all time*: The Story of the Little Mole Who Went in Search of Whodunit by Werner Holzwarth.
- Perhaps my favorite potty training story of all time**: Time to Pee! by Mo Willems.
- Especially for grown-ups: The Big Necessity: The Unmentionable World of Human Waste and Why It Matters by Rose George.