Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red

Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red


Written by Rosemary McCarney and illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart


Meet Rosie the Red: a seven-year-old girl who's not afraid to stand up for what's right

Arriving at school, Rosie is dismayed to see the kids on the playground taunting her classmate Fadimata, who is Muslim and wears a headscarf. Rosie comes up with a plan. Rosie has a red cape she likes to wear, so she asks Fadimata if she would turn the cape into a headscarf for her. The other kids in their class don’t want to be left out, so they ask Fadimata to make them headscarves as well. The experience confirms Rosie's belief that if you tilt your head and look at things differently, you can see the world through someone else's eyes.

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

Rosemary McCarney is Canada's Ambassador to the United Nations and past President and CEO of Toronto-based Plan Canada, one of the largest international development agencies in Canada. After working with organizations like the World Bank and the UN, Rosemary moved to Plan Canada, where she spearheaded the Because I am a Girl movement. She is the author of Every Day is Malala Day, Because I am a Girl: I Can Change the World and The Way to School.

About the Illustrator

Popular children's illustrator Yvonne Cathcart has illustrated many picture books. She lives in Toronto with her family.

Product Information

  • Release: April 7, 2015

  • $15.95 Hardcover with Jacket

  • 24 Pages

  • 8.5 x 8.5

  • Children's Fiction

  • Ages 4-8 / Grades 1-3

  • Lexile: AD670L Guided Reading: M

  • ISBN: 9781927583593


  • Character Education
    > Bullying
    > Empathy
    > Family & Friendship

  • Reflecting Diversity
    > Cultural & Ethnic Diversity

Praise for Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red

"This colourful and inspiring book will make a welcome addition to any home or school library." - Resource Links

"Rosie is an optimistic, self-confident and strong role model for girls.... This is a great character book to use in the classroom. It addresses diversity, bullying, tolerance and the courage to do what is right." - Children's Books Heal

"Rosemary McCarney gets the right and light tone for her books, ensuring that she never preaches but always enlightens. And the illustrations by Yvonne Cathcart… are bright and bold and resonant with movement, adding to the story’s surge to justice and resolution... This Rosie the Red series will be a welcome one for teachers and schools who are always looking for books to support important themes of diversity and social justice." - CanLit for Little Canadians

"Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red stars a charming diversity champion who will spearhead many discussions." - The National Reading Campaign

"Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red... accomplishes two often-irreconcilable outcomes: it's an enjoyable story and also teaches a good message." - Winnipeg Free Press

"[The Rosie the Red] series presents examples of real life experiences our students face. It can be embedded throughout the curriculum. The messages are terrific and are suited to children of all ages... This could be used to develop a school wide anti-bullying initiative and a commitment to social justice. You can integrate social justice, language, arts, drama, health, music and more. The possibilities are endless." - ETFO Voice (Elementary Teachers' Federation of Ontario)