The International Day of the Girl

Hardcover Jacket
978-1-5253-0058-5 | Sep 1, 2020 List Price:
USD $18.99, CAD $19.99

4-color • 9 x 12 • 32 pages
Grades: 2 To 5 / Ages: 7 to 10

This introduction to the International Day of the Girl and its worldwide significance encourages children to recognize their own potential to make change, providing both a perfect lesson in social justice and a celebration of girl power.

The United Nations designated October 11th as the International Day of the Girl, a day to increase awareness of problems that affect girls — and only girls — around the world and to encourage progress toward gender equality. Nine stories inspired by the real-life experiences of girls from all over the globe bring to light the importance of this day. Each story is set in a different country and sensitively describes an inequity faced by a character and how she addressed it. The challenges include gender-based violence, illiteracy, lack of access to technology, sanitation, nutritional disparity and child marriage. Each story features a positive description of the main character — strong, smart, creative, inventive, brave, talented, caring, funny, ambitious — and each concludes with a realistic yet hopeful outcome, presenting the girls as more than victims of their circumstances. Their powerful, and empowering, experiences will stir the activist in every child.

Jessica Dee Humphreys’s well-researched and illuminating stories are both readable and age appropriate. Award-winning Simone Shin’s simple, warm illustrations bring the characters and their circumstances to life. Sidebars expand on the issues covered in each story. This book is a perfect choice for social justice discussions, as well as for social studies lessons on global communities, and for character education conversations on citizenship. It includes a foreword by the Honorable Rona Ambrose, who led Canada’s call for the day to be formally adopted by the United Nations. Also included are an annotated time line of the day’s creation and additional statistical information. A portion of the proceeds will go to Plan International Canada.


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Educational Resources


Women's roles
Global awareness


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global awareness   activism   social justice   children›s rights   gender inequality   making a difference   feminism   girl empowerment   diversity   character education   social studies elementary   Brazil   Afghanistan   India   indigenous

Reviews & Awards


“Engaging, age-appropriate, and eye-opening.”
Kirkus Reviews, Starred Review, June 2020

“This powerful book highlights nine fictional girls … from different corners of the globe, each of whom is struggling to bloom within a system that wants to keep her weak.”
Booklist, Starred Review, August 2020

“… a solid addition to … collections highlighting women's studies or gender equality.”
School Library Journal, August 2020

“Eye-opening, thought-provoking and inspiring …”
CM Magazine, November 2020


2022 Yellow Cedar Award, Ontario Library Association, Nominee
2021 Rise: A Feminist Book Project List, Social Responsibilities Round Table of the American Library Association, Winner
2021 Skipping Stones Honor List, Skipping Stones Magazine, Winner
2020 Holiday/Notable Days Category, Northern Lights Book Awards, Winner