As a Boy

As a Boy


By Plan International


Boys want everyone to know that all children should have voices and choices

Boys around the world are treated differently than girls just because of their gender. They are given an education and choices that girls are not, and their needs and success are often put above the needs of the girls and women in their families and communities. But boys are also given special burdens. They are expected to "be a man", to work, to fight, to be brave. Once again amazing photographs from Plan International are paired with simple text to convey a message: that boys want to see the same choices and freedoms that they have been granted being given equally to the girls and women in their lives. As a Boy is a perfect companion to Because I am a Girl: I Can Change the World.

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

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About the Author

Founded in 1937, Plan International is one of the world’s oldest and largest international charities, working in partnership with millions of people around the world to end global poverty. Not for profit, independent and inclusive of all faiths and cultures, Plan has only one agenda: to improve the lives of children.


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Family & Friendship

  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures

Product Information

  • Release: September 19, 2016

  • 18.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 11

  • Picture Book

  • Ages 5-9 / Grades 1-3

  • Lexile: 300L Guided Reading: N

  • ISBN: 9781772600162

Praise for As a Boy

"Striking photographs of children of all ages and from different countries fill this short but important picture book that presents to young readers the reality that in many places, girls do not have the same opportunities as boys.... A powerful and important message, recommended for all libraries." - Booklist

"Themes of empathy and gender equality drive this contemplation of boyhood, created by not-for-profit organization Plan International." - Publishers Weekly

"[As a Boy] demonstrates that boys can be just as supportive of girls’ rights as girls have needed to be and the book does so in a superbly photographed fashion with simple but prophetic statements of encouragement and defense." - CanLit for Little Canadians