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Ages: 8-14

Reading Levels

Grade: 4-7

Because when a girl is given her basic human rights she can lift herself - and everyone around her - out of poverty.

Meet some amazing girls. They are from all over the world and tell stories of their lives that are sometimes hard to imagine. They tell of the barriers and dangers that they, and millions of girls like them, face every day.

Despite the hardships, they have great hope for the future. All are willing to do whatever they can to make their lives and those of their families and communities better. 

Read about:

  • Lucy, an orphan in Zimbabwe, who struggles to find enough food for herself and her sister;
  • Kathryn, from South Sudan, who teaches the younger children in the refugee camp where she lives;
  • Farwa, who was destined to become a child bride in Pakistan;
  • Fahmeeda, a Youth Ambassador from Canada, who works to protect the rights of women and children around the world
  • And four more.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be donated to Plan Canada's Because I am a Girl Fund.


Named to the 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List - Best Feminist Books for Young Readers: An annual list of the best feminist books for readers under age 18. The Amelia Bloomer book list is published by the Feminist Task Force of the American Library Association’s Social Responsibilities Round Table.

Short-listed: 2015 Green Earth Book Award for Children's Non-Fiction

Named one of Bank Street College Children's Book Committee's "Best Children's Books of the Year, 2015" for ages 14+

Awarded a Bronze Medal from the Independent Publisher Book Awards (IPPY) in the Multicultural Non-Fiction Juvenile/YA category

Shortlisted: 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award


"A clear call for change as well as a chorus of affirmation that change is possible." - Kirkus Reviews

"...upbeat and empowering." - Quill and Quire

"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." - Bulletin of the Center for Children's Books

"At times heartbreaking, but, ultimately, hopeful, this book is well suited to middle school readers." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"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." - Canadian Children's Book News

"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." - Kutztown University Book Review

"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." - ETFO Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)


Reading Levels

Grade: 4-7

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