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Children's Nonfiction Values & Virtues

As a Boy

by (author) Plan International

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Sep 2016
Values & Virtues, Girls & Women, Boys & Men
Recommended Age
5 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Sep 2016
    List Price

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Boys around the world are treated differently than girls just because of their gender. They are given an education and choices that girls are not, and their needs and success are often put above the needs of the girls and women in their families and communities. But boys are also given special burdens. They are expected to "be a man", to work, to fight, to be brave. Once again amazing photographs from Plan International are paired with simple text to convey a message: that boys want to see the same choices and freedoms that they have been granted being given equally to the girls and women in their lives. As a Boy is a perfect companion to Because I am a Girl: I Can Change the World.

About the author

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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Editorial Reviews

Striking photographs of children of all ages and from different countries fill this short but important picture book that presents to young readers the reality that in many places, girls do not have the same opportunities as boys.... A powerful and important message, recommended for all libraries.


Themes of empathy and gender equality drive this contemplation of boyhood, created by not-for-profit organization Plan International.

Publishers Weekly

With immediacy, and a sense of urgency, the text conveys the message that being born a boy brings privilege, but as brothers, sons, nephews and future fathers, it also brings a responsibility to advocate for the rights of females in their lives. As global citizens, it is important to learn and care about the world around us, and As a Boy will spark much thought and conversation.

National Reading Campaign

As A Boy is an inspiring global story about boys and their families. Each page features breathtaking, expressive, and powerful photographs that will melt your heart and touch your soul.

Children's Books Heal

[As a Boy] demonstrates that boys can be just as supportive of girls’ rights as girls have needed to be and the book does so in a superbly photographed fashion with simple but prophetic statements of encouragement and defense.

CanLit for Little Canadians

Librarian Reviews

As a Boy

The book provides simple statements and powerful photographs on each page that highlight the roles and the rights of the boys and girls. It is an ideal book to help students understand gender equity, the choices boys have made for them at birth, and the choices they must make for themselves as sons, brothers, and future fathers. As a Boy is a significant read to help students of all ages understand the importance of equal rights and gender equality.

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

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