By Malala Yousafzai, education activist and cofounder, Malala Fund

In just a few days, I will be turning 18. This is a special moment because, for the first time in my life, I can call myself an adult. And this year, I am not asking for birthday wishes or presents. I am asking for action.

Will you take part in my birthday action, #booksnotbullets, and show world leaders that you believe education - not the military - is a better investment in our future?

The shocking truth is that world leaders have the money to fully fund global education - but they are choosing to spend it on other things, like their military budgets.

In fact, if the whole world stopped spending money on the military for just 8 days, we could have the $39 billion needed to provide 12 years of free, quality education to every child on the planet.

Stand with me now and show world leaders that you choose books, not bullets. Post a photo of yourself holding up your favorite book now and share why YOU choose #booksnotbullets - and why world leaders should, too.

Can I count on you to take this action with me?