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Children's Nonfiction Girls & Women

Every Day is Malala Day

by (author) Rosemary McCarney

with Plan International

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Mar 2014
Girls & Women, Self-Esteem & Self-Reliance, Homelessness & Poverty, Prejudice & Racism
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Recommended Age, Grade, and Reading Levels

  • Age: 5 to 8
  • Grade: 1 to 3
  • Reading age: 6 to 8


This is a letter of sisterhood to Malala Yousafzai, written from the perspective of girls around the world who share her belief that every girl has the right to go to school, and who represent the many barriers a girl can face when trying to get an education. After being shot by the Taliban for the simple act of going to school in her native Pakistan, Malala has become an international girls’ rights crusader and the youngest person ever to win the Nobel Peace Prize. Girls the world over recognize her as a leader, a champion, and a friend. Illustrated with beautiful photographs from non-profit Plan International.

About the authors


Rosemary McCarney est la présidente et la directrice générale de Plan Canada, l'une des organisations internationales de développement les plus importantes au Canada. Après avoir travaillé pour la Banque mondiale, l'Agence canadienne de développement international, l'ONU et Street Kids International, Rosemary a entamé son rôle à Plan Canada où elle a mené les campagnes pour la Journée internationale de la fille et Parce que je suis une fille. Elle habite à Toronto avec sa famille.


Rosemary McCarney is 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, Canadian International Development Agency, the UN, and Street Kids International, she moved to Plan Canada, where she led the initiative for the International Day of the Girl and spearheads the Because I am a Girl campaign. Rosemary lives in Toronto with her family.


Rosemary McCarney's profile page

Founded in 1937, Plan is one of the world’s oldest and largest international development agencies, 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. Because I am a Girl is Plan’s global initiative to end gender inequality, promote girls’ rights and lift millions of girls – and everyone around them – out of poverty.

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  • Short-listed, Silver Birch Express Award
  • Short-listed, Amelia Bloomer Top 10 Feminist Books for Young Readers
  • Winner, Golden Oak Award

Editorial Reviews

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" is a seminal work of significant importance and should be a part of gender equality educational curricula everywhere for children.

The Midwest Book Review

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

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

[A] beautiful book, with an inspiring message of solidarity and hope...

Brown Paper blog

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

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

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

[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?”

The Deakin Review of Children's Literature

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

Kirkus Reviews

Librarian Reviews

Every Day is Malala Day

Malala was shot by the Taliban for her audacity to go to school. Her inspirational story has served as an example of overcoming barriers and fighting for justice against the odds. Told in the form of a letter to Malala, featuring images of girls from around the world, Every Day is Malala Day demonstrates the importance of fighting for the right to education.

Source: Association of Canadian Publishers. Diversity Collection Selection 2017.

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