Every Day is Malala Day

Every Day is Malala Day


By Rosemary McCarney and Plan International


"Dear Malala, we have never met before, but I feel like I know you."

Malala Yousafzai - as of October 2014, the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize - is an inspiration. A young girl living in Pakistan, she was shot by the Taliban simply because she wanted to go to school. Since that moment, she has captured the attention of the world with her bravery, becoming a voice for the rights of girls everywhere. In the fall of 2014 she became the youngest person ever to be nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize.

This is a letter to Malala, illustrated with beautiful photographs from Plan International. Girls from around the world express their sympathy, sisterhood, and admiration for her. Many of them know first-hand the barriers that stand in the way of girls going to school – barriers like poverty, discrimination, and violence. 

In Malala these girls recognize a leader, a champion, and a friend. 

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About the Author

Rosemary McCarney is Canada's Ambassador to the Office of the United Nations in Geneva. She was previously president and CEO of Toronto-based Plan Canada, one of the largest international development agencies in the country, where she spearheaded the Because I Am a Girl movement. She is the author of the internationally best-selling Every Day is Malala DayBecause I Am a Girl: I Can Change the World and the Rosie the Red series. Rosemary lives in Toronto with her family.

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.

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Product Information

  • Release: March 8, 2014

  • $18.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 32 Pages

  • 11 x 8.5

  • Picture Book

  • Ages 5-8 / Grades 1-3

  • ISBN: 9781927583319


  • Character Education
    > Empathy
    > Prejudice & Tolerance
    > Strong Female Characters

  • History & Social Studies
    > Global Cultures
    > Social Justice


Watch the video that inspired the book: "Dear Malala" from Plan International.

Read an interview with author Rosemary McCarney on 49th Shelf

Awards for Every Day is Malala Day

  • 2015 Golden Oak Award Winner

  • 2015 Silver Birch Express Award Finalist

  • Named to the 2015 Amelia Bloomer Project List

Praise for Every Day is Malala Day

"A brief but moving manifesto that will spark both sympathy and heightened awareness of an endemic global outrage." - Kirkus Reviews

"It is a stunningly beautiful book in its captivating photographs of hopeful girls and their simple words...THIS is the story that every child, every parent, every teacher and every school administer should be reading. And reading again." - CanLit for Little Canadians

"It is a wonderful book to use in the classroom to introduce girls (and boys) to the issues of gender inequality and to promote the rights of all girls to attend school." - Children's Books Heal

"It reads with the grandeur of one courageous voice that pursues change." - The National Reading Campaign

" 'Every Day is Malala Day' is a seminal work of significant importance and should be a part of gender equality educational curricula everywhere for children." - Midwest Book Review

"Every Day is Malala Day shines a light on the obstacles facing girls in so many parts of the world.... This book is an excellent introduction for younger readers to human rights, violence and gender discrimination." - Professionally Speaking

"The crisp, well-chosen photos depict girls of all ages engaged in everyday activities... Every Day is Malala Day will be useful for introducing this inspiring young woman or for units on women’s or children’s rights." - CM: Canadian Review of Materials

"[Every Day is Malala Day] details a piece of history not to be forgotten. Buy it. Buy it for your libraries and classrooms. Buy it for the children you love — and their children. Buy it for that bright and future day when all children, regardless of gender, have the opportunity to be educated, and a complacent world asks, 'Was it not always thus?' " - Deakin Review of Children's Literature

"The full-size photographs...are beautifully detailed with close up images of children from a variety of cultures, inviting recognition of similarities as well as providing opportunity for discerning differences." - Kutztown University Book Review

"The ultimate goal of this book is to help teach children about unjust structures in the world and encourage them to think about the value of education... There are many ways that students can transform their thinking and global involvement after reading this book." - Canadian Teacher Magazine