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I can change the world
Nonfiction Ages 9-12
Pages: 96
Themes: social justice, women's rights
Publisher: Second Story Press
Pub Date: 11/Oct/2014
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September 2014, Toronto - Rosemary McCarney, President and CEO of Plan International Canada, has followed up her popular picture book Every Day is Malala Day with a new book for middle grade readers, also inspired by her international development work. Working with Plan, Rosemary helped craft its Because I am a Girl global initiative and helped lead the charge for the United Nations to declare October 11th the "International Day of the Girl" – a day each year to recognize and advocate for girls' rights globally.
This new book illustrates the Because I am a Girl call to change by telling the stories of individual girls throughout the world. They tell us: "Because I am a girl, I eat if there is food left over when everyone is done" and "I am the poorest of the poor." The later sections are about hope, with chapters like "Because I am a girl, I will share what I know" and "I am the heart of my community" and "I can change the world." Accompanying each story are amazing photographs of girls and their communities. Each story ends with a "Did You Know" section, with facts and interesting information about the lives of girls around the world.

Kirkus Reviews
A clear call for change as well as a chorus of affirmation that change is possible.
Quill and Quire
"...upbeat and empowering."
Midwest Book Review
"Because I Am a Girl" allows middle grade students to meet many other girls who have faced incredible obstacles to work for change and education and a promising future.
The Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books
Young readers may overall appreciate the spirit of the book’s overall optimistic outlook and the initiative’s driving principle that girls can change the world.
CM: Canadian Review of Materials
At times heartbreaking, but, ultimately, hopeful, this book is well suited to middle school readers.
Canadian Children's Book News
This beautifully photographed book should adorn the shelves of every classroom and library and should be shared with children in the junior and middle grades throughout the world to increase awareness of the Because I am a Girl movement.
Kutztown University Book Review
The title says it all; this matter-of-fact collection of biographies of girls around the world shines a light on third-world problems and the brave girls and other folks who are trying to find the solutions....Overall, this book would be a great fit for both school and public libraries.
ETFO Voice
Together with Plan International, Rosemary McCarney and Jen Albaugh deliver an informative and thought-provoking look at the lives of eight young girls around the world that will warm your heart while stirring up concern.... Readers will be inspired to have a positive impact on the world around them, to stand up for what is right and have a voice.

Awards

Amelia Bloomer Top 10 Feminist Books for Young Readers Amelia Bloomer Project (American Library Association) | 2015 | Short-listed
Green Earth Book Award - Children's Non-Fiction The Nature Generation | 2015 | Short-listed
Bank Street College's "Best Children's Books of the Year" (Information Book - Bi Bank Street College of Education Children's Book Committee | 2015 | Commended
Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2015)  | 2015 | Commended
IPPY Awards 2015 - Bronze Medal (Multicultural Non-Fiction Juvenile/Young Adult) Independent Publisher Book Awards/The Jenkins Group | 2015 | Short-listed
Rocky Mountain Book Award Alberta's Young Readers Choice Award | 2016 | Short-listed

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