Every Day is Malala Day by R.A. McCarney & Plan International Canada


  • Leslie Aitken




McCarney, Rosemary A. and Plan International Canada.  Every Day is Malala Day.  Toronto: Second Story Press, 2014. Print.

In 2013, Malala Yousafzai became the youngest person ever to be nominated for a Nobel Peace Prize: in 2014 she became the youngest person ever to win one.  This book is a simple and eloquent tribute to her achievement. 

Malala’s name and story have much contemporary resonance.  The Taliban’s attempted assassination of her in October of 2012 was instantly conveyed around the globe by the international media.  This Pakistani school girl, who was outspoken on the issue of female education, had been shot while riding innocently home on a school bus.  Flown to England, she was hospitalized, underwent surgery, fought for life and survived.  With recovery came renewed defiance of her would be assassins.  Malala continued to speak out in her cause — most notably at the United Nations Youth Assembly on July 12, 2013 where she riveted the attention not only of the 1000 delegates present, but also of the entire listening world. The Secretary General of the United Nations proclaimed that day to be “Malala Day.”

The premise of McCarney’s book is that every day is “Malala Day” for some little girl, somewhere.  Plan International has contributed sensitive photographs from around the world attesting to McCarney’s theme: Malala’s courage and determination are a beacon of hope, a source of inspiration.

This book 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?”

Reviewer:  Leslie Aitken
Highly recommended:  4 out of 4 stars

Leslie Aitken’s long career in librarianship involved selection of children’s literature for school, public, special, and university collections.  She is a former Curriculum Librarian at the University of Alberta.



How to Cite

Aitken, L. (2015). Every Day is Malala Day by R.A. McCarney & Plan International Canada. The Deakin Review of Children’s Literature, 4(3). https://doi.org/10.20361/G22K51



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