Happy book birthday to BETTER CONNECTED: HOW GIRLS ARE USING SOCIAL MEDIA FOR GOOD by Tanya Lloyd Kyi and Julia Kyi and illustrated by Vivian Rosas, out today from Orca Book Publishers!

“Will provide [readers] with inspiration and resources…Adult readers, both teacher and parents, who are sometimes dismissive of, or dismayed by, the amount of time their students or children are spending on social media, can learn about the positive aspects of those online experiences. Recommended.” ― CM: Canadian Review of Materials

“Both a history of social media and a guide to using it in a positive way…The usefulness of the information, and the breadth of support it offers for additional purposes, more than justifies its place on library shelves. Recommended” ― School Library Connection

The online world has real dangers, but girls around the world are using social media to create positive change and practice good digital citizenship.

You’ve probably seen media stories about the ways girls interact online, with headlines like “Depression in Girls Linked to Higher Use of Social Media,” or “Half of Girls Are Bullied on Social Media.” Better Connected focuses on the less-recognized and positive aspects of the online experiences of girls. From environmental activism to gun control, immigration policy to education access, girls are leading the way. They’re showing up, teaming up and speaking up. With profiles of real changemakers and practical tools for getting started, Better Connected is an inspiring look at the amazing things girls can accomplish online.

Tanya Lloyd Kyi is the author of more than 25 books for children and young adults. She often writes about science, pop culture, history or a combination of the three. Her recent titles include Me and Banksy and This Is Your Brain on Stereotypes. Tanya lives in Vancouver, British Columbia. Tanya and Julia are represented by Amy Tompkins.