Every Day is Pink Shirt Day is a story about Maya, a Grade 3 pupil attending school on Stand Up Against Bullying Day. She sees all the children wearing pink shirts to support anti-bullying behaviour but also sees children being unkind in the schoolyard. With the help of her guidance counsellor, Maya shows her schoolmates that simply wearing a pink t-shirt is not enough—we must choose to be kind every day.
Directed at Grade 3–4 children
Promotes the prosocial concepts of being kind and speaking up when others are being treated badly
Empowers young children to positively influence their community
Captures the popular “Pink Shirt” movement in an approachable and entertaining book format
Created by a team of Nova Scotians, where the Pink Shirt movement was born
Created with input from the NS Dept of Education
From the book
“It’s important to know that even though we’re wearing pink for Stand Up to Bullying Day today, we need to act as though Stand Up to Bullying Day is EVERY day of the year.”
About the author
Heather Topshee lives in Halifax, Nova Scotia, with her partner and their three children. She is a school counsellor and offers private counselling, specializing in Cognitive Behavioural Therapy. Heather wrote this story to generate discussion, promote empathy and ultimately inspire action against bullying on Pink Shirt Day and every day.
About the illustrators
Laurie Swim is an artist living in Lunenburg. In 2013 she was awarded the Portia White Prize, Nova Scotia’s foremost fine art award. Her works grace many private and public collections, including the Art Gallery of Nova Scotia, the City of Toronto Art Collection and the Museum of Arts and Design in New York.
Nancy MacDonald has spent many years creating art for everything from computer games to children’s books using both digital and traditional tools. Nancy holds a BFA in painting and photography from NSCAD University. She now lives along the beautiful LaHave River on Nova Scotia’s south shore.
Author: Heather Topshee
Illustrators: Laurie Swim with Nancy MacDonald
Publication date: September 21, 2019
Trim/Dimensions: 8” x 10”
Contact: Larry Goldstein
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