Because I am a Girl: I can change the world

Because I am a Girl: I can change the world


By Rosemary McCarney with Jen Albaugh and Plan International


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.

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About the Authors

Rosemary McCarney is Canada's Ambassador to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva and past President and CEO of Plan Canada. She is the author of the internationally best-selling Every Day is Malala Day, Because I Am a Girl: I Can Change the World, The Way to School, and the Rosie the Red series.

Jen Albaugh is a former elementary school teacher and librarian currently working as a freelance writer and editor in Toronto who is greatly inspired by the work of Plan and the Because I am a Girl initiative.

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.

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Product Info

  • Release: October 11, 2014

  • $16.95 Paperback

  • 96 Pages

  • 7.5 x 9

  • Children's Nonfiction

  • Ages 8-14 / Grades 4-7

  • Lexile: 990L Guided Reading: Z

  • ISBN: 9781927583449


  • Social Justice

  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Prejudice & Tolerance
    > Self-Esteem
    > Strong Female Role Models

  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures
    > Government & Citizenship
    > War & Conflict

Awards for Because I am a Girl: I can change the world

  • Named to the 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List - Best Feminist Books for Young Readers Feminist

  • Shortlisted for the 2015 Green Earth Book Award for Children's Non-Fiction

  • Shortlisted for the 2016 Rocky Mountain Book Award (Alberta Young Readers' Choice Award)

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

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

  • Canadian Children's Book Centre's Best Books for Kids & Teens (Spring 2015)

Praise for Because I am a Girl: I can change the world

"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)