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Children's Fiction Bullying

Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red

by (author) Rosemary McCarney

illustrated by Yvonne Cathcart

Second Story Press
Initial publish date
Apr 2015
Bullying, Prejudice & Racism, Friendship
Recommended Age
4 to 8
Recommended Grade
1 to 3
Recommended Reading age
6 to 8
  • Hardback

    Publish Date
    Apr 2015
    List Price

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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.

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.


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YVONNE CATHCART is an illustrator living in Toronto with her husband and son. She has illustrated many children\s books and also paints and makes animal sculptures and puppets.'

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Editorial Reviews

Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red stars a charming diversity champion who will spearhead many discussions.

Readerly - The National Reading Campaign

[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

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

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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 LittleCanadians

[Tilt Your Head, Rosie the Red] places a clear emphasis on the power of social change through individual contributions, with special attention paid to the power of young girls. Rosie is a unique individual whose empathy outweighs the need to be included.

CM: Canadian Review of Materials

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

Rosie's irrepressible gift for reaching out to a bullied child and making bullies rethink their harsh words carries a strong moral message about respect for others. Highly recommended.

The Midwest Book Review

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